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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Graduates

GSBS Graduates 2016

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

UMass Medical School Hooding Policy

The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) allows for graduates that have a parent or family member who is currently on the faculty or an alumnus of UMMS to hood their graduate at Commencement.

Family hooders are required to attend a rehearsal, wear regalia and be seated on the stage during the ceremony.

If you would like to see if you qualify, please contact the Office of University Events.

Graduation Information

The thesis defense must be completed by April 15, 2020. All academic requirements much be completed by May 15, 2020 and all administrative requirements must be completed by noon on May 29, 2020.

Please see the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) webpage for details.


Traditionally, the graduating student’s thesis advisor (mentor) attends and participates in Commencement by hooding his/her student. All graduating students must notify the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences office by May 1, 2020 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 up to 20 guests and you must provide each guest with a ticket in order that we may provide enough seating, food, and parking. Email Mindy Donovan by April 30, 2020 to reserve the number of tickets you want; you will be contacted when they are delivered. Then, as your plans firm up, request additional tickets by email and return any unused tickets to the GSBS Office. Commencement will now be joining the "Growing Green" initiative at UMMS in order to help lower the institution’s carbon footprint. We will be distributing less printed invitations, as well as programs, this year and encourage graduates to use our online invitation form to communicate with guests. 

Accessible Seating

If any of your guests use a wheelchair or walker, need a signer, have an assistance animal, or need other special consideration, reserved seating for handicapped guests and three companions is available.  Please notify Mindy Donovan by April 30, 2020 and we will do our best to accommodate their needs. Accessible seating will be held until 11:35 a.m., at which time unoccupied seats will be released for open seating.


Please have your Student ID Number (found in PeopleSoft) ready when registering for your regalia.  

Rented caps and gowns will be available for pickup in the GSBS office May 26, 2020. They must be returned in the original bag to Medical School room S1-123 clearly marked with your name, no later than June 1, 2020. The hood and tassel that will be provided at the ceremony is yours to keep. 

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Celebration of Student Academic Achievement

Please mark your calendars for May 28, 2020 for the tenth 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 Cube of the Albert Sherman Center 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 Annette Stratton.

Photos and Video 

A group photo will be taken on the LRB Lobby (on the stairs) at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Commencement Day. Be sure to wear your regalia for this photo. A link to the group photo will be mailed to you following the Commencement ceremonies.

A video recording of the entire Commencement ceremony will be available. You may stream live (, as well as view the recording after the ceremony.

RSVP - May 17, 2020

General Information

Campus Celebration - Saturday, May 30, 2020 - 8 p.m. to midnight

Commencement Brunch - Sunday, May 31, 2020 - 9:30 to 11 a.m. (graduates and guests only)