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The 49th Annual Commencement Exercises for the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2022 at 12:00 noon. We will provide additional information as it becomes available.

The University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School (UMCMS) awards the Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy duel degree, Master of Science, Master of Science in Clinical Investigation and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in the biomedical sciences, Master of Science, Post Graduate Certificates, Doctor of Nursing Practice and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in nursing. Students from the T. H. Chan School of Medicine, Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, and Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing receive diplomas from the dean of their respective school. The event is held annually on the Sunday following Memorial Day.

The UMMS Commencement is characterized by traditional ceremonial splendor. Heralding the ceremony, the academic procession, one of the oldest university traditions, is led by the faculty recipient of the Chancellor's Medal for Distinguished Service carrying the University mace.

The academic costume worn by students and faculty originated in the universities of the Middle Ages. The lining of the hood indicates the university by its colors; maroon and white signify the University of Massachusetts. The border of the hood indicates the academic discipline in which the degree is earned: apricot for nursing, blue for philosophy and green for medicine.

Greetings from the University Board of Trustees, the University president, and the chancellor open the ceremony. The awarding of honorary degrees to "persons of great accomplishment and high ethical standards who exemplify the ideals of the University of Massachusetts" sets the stage for the keynote address. The ceremony culminates with the awarding of degrees and presentation of diplomas.

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Click here for the 2020 School of Medicine Virtual Commencement Ceremony - March 31, 2020

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Click here for the 2020 GSBS Virtual Commencement Ceremony - May 31, 2020

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Click here for the 2020 GSN Virtual Commencement Ceremony - May 31, 2020

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