Faculty Information

Moving to the DCU Center has many exciting benefits for our students and their families, all of which are new. Below are some basic information points for our 2024 Commencement Ceremonies.

 

Information for Faculty about the Ceremonies

Date/Time of Ceremonies

Thursday, May 9: Graduate Ceremony @ 5:00 pm, DCU Center, Worcester, MA 

The ceremony will last approximately two hours. 

Friday, May 10: Undergraduate Student Ceremony @ 2:00 pm, DCU Center, Worcester, MA

The ceremony will last approximately three hours. 

Transportation

Faculty will be provided transportation from campus to the DCU Center, as well as a return after the ceremonies are over. 

Faculty board the buses to the DCU Center at Unity Hall N. Boynton Lot as follows:

     On Thursday: at XX time 

     On Friday at xx time.

Faculty will enter the DCU Center via Door 4A and will robe in the Press Room. WPI staff will be easily identifiable and will direct you to that room. Students will process past the faculty on the way to their seats. 

Faculty may travel to the DCU Center on their own, yet will be responsible for their own parking costs. 

Regalia
  • You will need to wear academic regalia for the Commencement Ceremony. If you do not own regalia, WPI will pay for a rental. Please submit an order for rental regalia no later than February 15 by clicking here. Rental orders can be picked up at the Bookstore starting on March 18. You may also use your rental regalia for the Inauguration this year. 
DCU Entrances
  • All faculty will enter the DCU Center via Door 4A and will robe in the Press Room. WPI staff will be easily identifiable and will direct you to that room. Students will process past our faculty on the way to their chairs. 
Seating
  • Faculty will NOT be seated on-stage. Instead, they will be seated on the Arena floor in the front rows with our Trustees facing the stage. 
  • Ph.D. sponsors will line-up with their doctoral candidate(s) in the Exhibit Hall and will be seated next to them on the arena floor. 
2025 and 2026 Ceremony Information

For planning purposes: 

Tentative Commencement Dates for 2025 are May 15/16, 2025. 

Tentative dates for 2026 are May 14/15, 2026.