Frequently Asked Questions

When is Commencement?

The Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 11:00 AM on the Quad. Tickets are NOT required, and there is no limit on the number of guests who may attend.

How long does the Commencement Ceremony last?

The ceremony will be approximately 3 hours in length, depending upon the number of graduates taking part. We ask that all students return to their seat after their moment on the stage, out of respect for the rest of the graduates.

How do I order my graduation cap & gown?

Academic regalia are available to be purchased from the Barnes & Noble Bookstore in the Rubin Campus Center. They can be contacted at +1-508-831-5247. Regalia can be picked-up beginning at the Salute to the Class of 2015, which occurs on April 1. Regalia can also be picked-up at anytime after that date at the Bookstore.

How do I order my graduation announcements?

You order your personalized graduation announcements through Balfour or by calling 1-877-Balfour (1-877-225-3687).

Where do I park?

Commencement parking [PDF] is available in the Campus Parking Garage, the Gateway Garage and surrounding lots. Beginning at 8:00 AM, shuttle vans will be transporting guests from parking lots to campus and back to their cars at the end of the program. Parking will not be available on West Street, nor on the Quad.

What are the arrangements for handicap parking?

If you or your guests are physically challenged, we have dedicated parking in the Daniels Lot along Institute Road, the Einhorn Lot, the West Street Lot, and a few spots at the new Parking garage. We will use golf-carts to asssit you to a special seating area. Due to space limitations, we can permit only two (2) family members to be with each physically challenged guest in this seating area. Student ushers will be available to assist guests to the reserved seating area.

Who do I contact in case of an emergency?

Contact any Campus Police Officer for help!

When will my son/daughter get their diploma?

Graduates will receive their diplomas when their name is called and they walk across the stage.

Will I be able to take pictures during the ceremony?

Yes, we have a photo stand and you will be permitted to access the stand, using a ticket that your student will have received (make sure they give it to you!) as your student's name is approaching. Names are called in alpha order, and the tickets are designed for alpha access to the photo area. Please do not wait around the photo area, as this interferes with other guests being able to get their special photo! Please also do not stand in the aisles to take photographs, as this blocks the view of seated guests. PLEASE NOTE: The best photos will be taken by the Commencement Photos company, and they will send a proof to you after the ceremony for your purchasing consideration.

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Feel free to contact us...

Should students have concerns about their graduation status, they should contact the Registrar's Office at +1-508-831-5211.