Commencement preparation information
Schedule | Graduation Information | Hooding | Invitations and Tickets | Regalia
Celebration of Student Academic Achievement | Photos and Videos | Hometown Publicity
Complete Commencement weekend schedule
Timeline and information for graduation
Traditionally, the graduating student’s thesis advisor (mentor) attends and participates in Commencement by hooding his/her student. All graduating students must notify the GSBS Office by April 12 if their thesis advisor will be attending Commencement and hooding them. If you have a co-thesis advisor and wish to be hooded by both at Commencement, include this in your notification. A faculty member will be appointed to hood students whose thesis advisors are unable to participate.
NOTE: Seating for faculty participating in Commencement is arranged in advance and cannot be rearranged on the day of graduation.
Invitations and tickets
Graduates and their guests are invited to Commencement and all Commencement events; tickets are required for the ceremony. You may invite as many guests as you want, but you must provide each guest with a ticket in order that we may provide sufficient seating, food and parking. Email Gaile Arcouette or Mary Ellen Lane by Friday, April 26, to reserve the number of tickets you want; Gaile will contact you when they are delivered. Then, as your plans firm up, request additional tickets by email and return any unused tickets to the GSBS Office.
If any of your guests use a wheelchair or walker, need a signer, have an assistance dog or need other special consideration, reserved seating for handicapped guests and three companions is available. Please notify Gaile or Mary Ellen by Friday, May 3, and we will do our best to accommodate their needs. Accessible seating will be held until 11:45 a.m., at which time unoccupied seats will be released for open seating.
University Cap & Gown has been selected to provide your Commencement regalia, which will be paid for by GSBS. Gaile Arcouette will contact you with the details. If you are still on campus and you have not already done so, go to the GSBS Office to be measured for your tam.
Tams and gowns are rented and must be returned in the original bag, which has your name on it, to the GSBS Office no later than Monday, June 3. The hood and tassel provided for Commencement are yours to keep.
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, May 30 as Dean Carruthers will be hosting the fourth annual GSBS Student Academic Achievement Awards ceremony and reception. This special event recognizes student achievements across all years. Presentation of the awards will begin at 3 p.m. in the Albert Sherman Center Cube to be followed by a reception at 4 p.m. All GSBS students and faculty are invited to this event; tickets are not required.
Questions regarding this event may be directed to Susan Prentice Foley at 508-856-3520 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos and video
A group photo will be taken on the Campus Green at aproximately 11 a.m. on Sunday; if it rains, the photo will be taken in the LRB lobby. Be sure to wear your regalia for this photo.
An individual photograph will be taken of you as you receive your hood during the ceremony. If you wish to purchase a photo, you may order directly from the photographer using this form.
A video recording of the entire Commencement ceremony will be available. If you wish to purchase a copy of the full-length DVD, please use this form.
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