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School of Medicine Graduates - Congratulations Class of 2020!


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 2021 will be held (TBD 2021). Certification for Graduation is done in the Registrar's Office (S1-844) and takes approximately 20 minutes. Students with outstanding fees or fines (i.e., tuition, loans, library books, parking fees or tickets) may not be certified to 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 (TBD 2021), 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 (TBD 2021). Anything left in the locker will be "recycled."

Invitations and Tickets

To help lower the University's carbon footprint, Commencement has joined the "Growing Green" initiative. We encourage you to partner with us by sending your guests electronic invitations and Commencement Programs available on the Commencement homepage.  

Please note: All guests will require a seating ticket to enter Commencement. Seating tickets will be available in the Office of Student Affairs (TBD 2021). We are pleased to offer each student up to 20 seating tickets. If you do not need all 20 seating tickets, please return the extras to the Office of Student Affairs. A limited number of invitations will also be available in Student Affairs. 

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 Mark Miceli 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.


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

Caps and gowns must be returned in the original bag to the Book Store (S1-103), clearly marked with your name, no later than (TBD 2021) The hood that will be provided at the ceremony is yours to keep. 

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Awards Ceremony / Alumni Breakfast

The Alumni Association is pleased to honor you at their annual Alumni Breakfast on (TBD 2021), in the Albert Sherman Center Multi-Purpose Room. Outstanding Medical Educator and student awards will be presented at this event.

Photos and Video

Your class picture will be taken on (TBD 2021), 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.   

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

Hometown Publicity

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.

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