Commencement preparation informationSchedule
| Financial Aid Exit Interview
| Invitations and Tickets
| Alumni Breakfast
| Photos and Video
| Hometown Publicity
In order to graduate, you must be CERTIFIED by the Registrar's Office as having completed all of the necessary requirements for the awarding of the MD degree, including any outstanding administrative responsibilities. Certification for the graduating Class of 2013 will be held Tuesday, May 28, through Thursday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Friday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Registrar's Office (S1-844). The certification process takes approximately 20 minutes. No student who has outstanding fees or fines (i.e., tuition, loans, library books, parking fees or tickets) may graduate.
Permission of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs is required for early certification for graduation. Students are responsible for completing all certification requirements and obtaining signatures. Students with early certification are still subject to university policies and procedures regarding graduation (e.g., diplomas may be held for non-payment of fines incurred after completing early certification).
If you are not certified by Friday, May 31, you will NOT receive a diploma at Commencement. If you need further information, please contact the Registrar’s Office at: 508-856-2267 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Financial Aid exit interviews
All students with a Learning Contract or any student loan debt are required to attend an exit interview with staff in the Financial Aid Office. An email will be sent out from the Financial Aid Office listing dates and times. Please make certain to schedule and attend yours.
Please remember to clean out your locker by May 31. Anything left in the locker will be "recycled."
Invitations and tickets
Invitations and seating tickets will be available in the Office of Student Affairs in April. Kathy Alvarez will notify you when they can be picked up. We are pleased to be able to give each student 10 invitations and tickets to distribute to family and friends. If you do not plan to use all of your tickets, please return extra invitations and tickets to Kathy in the Office of Student Affairs as soon as possible, in order that we may redistribute them as needed. Additional invitations and tickets may be obtained from Kathy if you have more than 10 guests who would like to attend.
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 Judy Holewa (508-856-1829) as soon as possible, and we will do our best to accommodate their needs. Accessibile 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 graduation regalia. To rent your tam and gown, please complete this form
and submit it with a personal check or money order in the amount of $51.00 (made out to University Cap & Gown) to the Office of Student Affairs as soon as possible, so your order may be processed in a timely manner. There will be a $10.00 late charge added to all orders placed after May 17
. If you do not know what size tam to order, a measuring tape is available from Kathy Alvarez in the Office of Student Affairs. Caps and gowns must be returned in the original bag, clearly marked with your name, to the Office of Student Affairs no later than Monday, June 3
. The Student Affairs alcove area will be open on Sunday afternoon following Commencement, should you wish to return your regalia at that time. The hood that will be provided at the ceremony is yours to keep.
The Alumni Association is pleased to honor you at their annual Alumni Breakfast on Friday, May 31, at 9 a.m. in the Faculty Conference Room. Outstanding Medical Educator and student awards will be presented at this event.
Your class picture will be taken at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 31, on the Albert Sherman Center terrace (rain site: LRB lobby). You must wear your regalia (cap, gown and hood) for the picture.
An individual photograph will also be taken of you as you receive your hood during the Commencement 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 complete this form.
If you wish to place a graduation announcement in your hometown newspaper, a suggested format is provided here
(Word). Amend it to convey all the appropriate personal information.