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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.
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 2017 will be held (dates TBD), 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 (date TBD), you will NOT receive a diploma at Commencement. If you need further information, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
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 (date TBD). 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. Judy Holewa 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 invitations or tickets, please return the extras to Judy in the Office of Student Affairs as soon as possible, in order that we may redistribute them as needed. Commencement will now be joining the "Growing Green" initiative at UMMS in order to help lower the insitiution'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. 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 animal or need other special consideration, reserved seating for handicapped guests and three companions is available. Please notify Judy Holewa 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 unoccupied seats will be released for open seating.
University Cap & Gown has been selected to provide your graduation regalia. All students should order and pay for their regalia online before (date TBD). Please have your Student ID Number ready when registering for your regalia.
The cost for the regalia is $51.00. Please submit the order in a timely manner. If you do not know what size tam to order, use a piece of string around the widest part of your head, approximately one inch above ears. A cap measuring tape will be available 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 (date TBD). 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 provided at the ceremony is yours to keep.
The Alumni Association is pleased to honor you at their annual Alumni Breakfast on Friday, June 2nd, 2017, in the Faculty Conference Room. Outstanding Medical Educator and student awards will be presented at this event.
Photos and Video
Your class picture will be taken on Friday, June 2nd, 2017, on the Albert Sherman Center terrace following the Alumni Breakfast (rain site: LRB lobby). You must wear your regalia (cap, gown and hood) for the picture. House pictures will be taken immediately after the class picture in your respective learning community house.
If you wish to place a graduation announcement in your hometown newspaper, a suggested format is provided here. Amend it to convey all the appropriate personal information.