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Student Events

Accepted Students' Day  

An annual event inviting newly accepted students to visit the College during a Spring Day event for current students. Specific transition sessions are offered to newly accepted students; festivities with current students, faculty, and staff are offered during lunch.


Athletics Banquet  

An annual event to recognize the student athletes and MassBay athletic teams. The Player of the Year, Most Improved Player, and Coach of the Year are awarded at the Athletics Banquet.


Career Fair  

Annual opportunities to meet with employers to find part-time or full-time jobs and internships and volunteer opportunities. Career Services also offers job-readiness skills training in preparation for the Career Fair. 



The official graduation ceremony of Massachusetts Bay Community College. The annual conferring of degrees and certificates each Spring and a celebration of the accomplishments of MassBay graduates.


Commencement Student Speaker  

A graduating sophomore represents his or her class by delivering a speech during the Commencement exercises. A committee of faculty and staff members select the student speaker. The Commencement Student Speaker Application is available at the Student Development Office on each campus. Contact the Office of Student Development directly for a Commencement Student Speaker application.


Constitution Day  

Each educational institution that receives federal funding has an obligation to hold an annual educational program on, or around September 17 to create awareness of good citizenship and learn more about the Constitution and the government. This is also a time that provides an opportunity to remind students to vote.


Finish Strong Week

A few weeks before the end of each semester, the Student Development team organizes supportive and fun activities to encourage students while they make their final push to finish the semester’s work. There are meetings with deans and advisors, stress management workshops, sweets, and more. MassBay would like to thank Massage on the GO USA for their partnership in providing relaxing chair massages for our students.


Honors Convocation Ceremony  

MassBay’s Annual Event to recognize the academic achievements of MassBay students. These students exemplify a commitment to academic success. Recognition at the Ceremony includes:

  • Alpha Beta Gamma - International Business Honor Society
  • Phi Theta Kappa - National honor society for two-year colleges
  • Psi Beta Honor Society - the national honor society in psychology for community colleges
  • Scholarship recipients - received from a variety of organizations and academic disciplines
  • Spring and Fall Dean's List students


Student Orientation Advising & Registration (SOAR)   
SOAR provides new students with the necessary tools for success at MassBay.


Student Recognition Ceremony

An annual event to recognize students' participation in the College and community through activities, clubs, organizations. The following special awards are presented:


Student Leadership Award  

This award recognizes a student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, participation, and unselfish contributions to the College community. This award is given to a student who willingly gives of his/her time, energy, and skills in service to others. The Student Leadership Award represents the highest honor the College recognizes for community involvement.  The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 2.5. The award carries with it a cash gift from the MassBay Foundation.


Program of the Year   

This award recognizes a program (of a student organization or club) that represents the spirit of the organization and successfully draws the campus community together. The Program of the Year should have given students the opportunity to take the primary role in planning, implementing, promoting, and evaluating the event.


Outstanding Community Service Project  

This award is presented to a group or individual whose service project successfully displayed dedication and commitment to the ideals of community service and had a positive impact on the MassBay Community College and surrounding communities.


Rising Star Award  

This award is presented to a MassBay registered club or organization that has distinguished itself during the first year of existence on campus OR a group that has shown remarkable improvement over the past year. The winner of this award should have demonstrated excellence in programming, leadership, and club enthusiasm.


Silver Key Award  

Silver Key Honor Society is an honorary activities organization established at MassBay to recognize the various contributions made by students to the College and to the greater community. Selection is based upon service, leadership, active participation, and the unselfish giving of time, energy, and ability over an extended period of time. Students are nominated for a Silver Key Award by their peers or faculty or staff members. Members are nominated annually by the Silver Key Committee. Silver Key awardees must also maintain a satisfactory level of academic progress (2.3 cumulative GPA). New awardees are presented a Silver Key and inducted into the Honor Society.


Honorary Silver Key Award  

The Honorary Silver Key is presented to a College faculty or staff member who has especially contributed to the intellectual and personal development of MassBay students. The Honorary Silver Key Award is distinct from the Silver Key Award presented to students.


September 11 Commemoration  

The events of September 11, 2001 impacted our country and changed the lives of individuals in different ways. Each year MassBay pays tribute to those individuals who lost their lives on September 11. This is often done in subtle, visual, and reflective ways on each campus allowing individuals to participate as they wish.


Summer Scholars Program  

This unique program offers academically “at-risk,” full-time students the opportunity to attend MassBay Community College during the summer to enroll in developmental Math and English courses. Successfully completing courses over the summer, will allow these students to be on track when the fall semester begins.


Students who are not academically, college-ready require an institutional response that validates students’ goals while targeting their academic challenges, before their first semester begins. Contact the Office of Student Development directly for complete information about the Summer Scholars Program and an application.


Welcome Week  

At the beginning of each semester, the lobby areas of the Framingham and Wellesley Hills campuses offer extra information, staff, and free coffee to answer questions and wish students well as they kick off their academic semester.