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Graduate School of Nursing Graduates 2015


Graduate School of Nursing

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.

Invitations and Tickets 

Invitations and seating tickets (required) will be available in the Graduate School of Nursing (GSN) office (S1-853) in April; you will receive an email when they are ready to be picked up. You may invite as many guests as you want, but you must provide each guest with a ticket in order that we may provide enough seating, food, and parking.

Commencement will now be joining the "Growing Green" initiative at UMMS to help lower the institution’s carbon footprint. We will be distributing less printed invitations, as well as programs, and encourage graduates to use our online invitation form to communicate with guests. If you find you need additional tickets after ordering through the GSN Commencement Survey, please contact Anne Reardon, who will be happy to provide them to you.

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 enter the information in the GSN Commencement Survey as soon as possible, and we will do our best to accommodate their needs. Accessible seating will be held until 11:35 a.m. at which time the seats will be released to the general public.


The online ordering site opens March, 20 2020. Please have your Student ID Number (found in PeopleSoft) ready when registering for your regalia.

Rented regalia will be available for pickup at the Commencement rehearsal on May 28, 2020. Those who purchase regalia must have it sent to the attention of Anne Reardon, at the GSN: room S1-853.  Once we ensure that the correct regalia has been received you will be notified to pick it up.

Rental caps and gowns must be returned in the original bag to room S1-123 clearly marked with your name, no later than June 1, 2020. The hood that will be provided at the ceremony is yours to keep. 

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The Graduate School of Nursing Graduation Reception- 

May 28, 2020

The Graduate School of Nursing Graduation Reception will be held in the Faculty Conference Room at 4:00 p.m. An invitation and further information will be sent to you in late April by the GSN Office.  

Photos and Video 

Your class photo will be taken immediately following Commencement rehearsal on Thursday (refer to complete Commencement weekend schedule for more information). You must wear your cap and gown for the picture. Information about ordering class pictures will be sent to you directly from the GSN office. The photographer will also take other pictures as requested.

A video recording of the entire Commencement ceremony will be available on UMass Medical School’s Youtube channel. You may also stream the ceremony live. A link will be distributed to all graduates prior to commencement.

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)