Commencement 2013

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Commencement 2013


MassBay's 2013 Commencement


MassBay Community College held its Fifty-first Commencement Exercises on Thursday, May 23, 2013. The Class of 2013 is comprised of over 700 students from 37 countries. Congratulations to all the graduates of the Class of 2013.

View a slideshow of scenes from the commencement by clicking the image below. >>

MassBay Registrar Ali Guvendiren carries the Ceremonial Mace and accompanies Commencement Marshal, Maxine Elmont, Ed.D., Professor, Human Services

View a slideshow of additional color photos from the commencement by clicking the image below. >>

Additional Color Photos Commencement 2013

View a slideshow of additional black and withe photos from the commencement by clicking the image below. >>

Additional Black and White Photos of Commencement 2013

MassBay Graduates of the Class of 2013 looking for their individual photos, click the link below for information >>

Congratulation Class of 2013

Important information and dates below leading up to the commencement ceremony:

MassBay Commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 23rd at 6:00pm on the Wellesley Hills Campus. The following information will help you to prepare for this important day. You may also download and print the Commencement Guide. For more information, please call (781) 239-3142. 

Important Dates 

Notice from the MassBay Office of Public Safety

Like many colleges and universities in Massachusetts, the MassBay Office of Public Safety is implementing upgrades to the level of security at this year’s Commencement Exercises. The College is enhancing our security measures to ensure our entire college community remains safe as we enjoy another uplifting Commencement ceremony on our campus. Among the changes this year:

  • Backpacks, wrapped gifts of any kind, and large bags or containers are not allowed into the Commencement area. Please leave those items in your vehicle.
  • Smaller purses and bags will be inspected when entering the Commencement area.
  • Guests, graduates, faculty and staff are asked to submit to a bag inspection. Anyone who refuses to have their bags inspected will not be allowed into Commencement.
  • Consistent with College policy, weapons, knives, and any illegal substances will not be permitted.
  • Unattended property discovered during the ceremony may be inspected or removed. Recovered property can be retrieved in the Office of Public Safety at the conclusion of the ceremony.

We ask that you leave extra time this year to gain entry into the Commencement area, and to share these security measures with your guests.

We truly appreciate your cooperation as we work together to make our campus a safe and secure venue to celebrate the achievements of our remarkable graduates.

MassBay Welcomes R. Nicholas Burns as Commencement Speaker

MassBay President John O’Donnell has announced that R. Nicholas Burns will serve as Commencement Speaker for the 2013 Commencement Exercises at MassBay Community College on Thursday May 23rd at 6:00 pm on the Wellesley Hills campus, 50 Oakland Street. Tickets are required to attend.

R. Nicholas Burns is the Sultan of Oman Professor of International Relations at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. Prior to entering academe, Mr. Burns was a distinguished diplomat for 27 years. He served as the third ranked officer in the United States Department of State, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs from 2005 to 2008. As the Under Secretary, he led negotiations on the U.S.-India Civil Nuclear Agreement; a long-term military assistance agreement with Israel; and was the lead U.S. negotiator on Iran's nuclear program. Prior to that, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to NATO (2001-2005), Ambassador to Greece (1997-2001) and State Department Spokesman (1995-1997). He also worked for five years (1990-1995) on the National Security Council at the White House.

Approximately 500 Associate Degrees in Arts and in Science and Certificates will be awarded, and awards for Distinguished Service, Distinguished Alumni and for academic achievement will be presented. The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra will provide musical accompaniment.

Now in its 51st year, MassBay’s uplifting Commencement Exercises unites graduates, faculty and staff with family, friends and alumni to celebrate the achievements of our remarkable graduating students. Ticketed guests and participants are asked to leave backpacks, large bags and containers at home or in their vehicles, and to leave extra time for entering the Commencement area to allow for bag checks.

Application Deadline for Graduates is April 5th!
If you are nearing program completion and have at least 48 earned credits for a degree, you should file a Graduation Application. After the request is reviewed, you will receive official notification regarding completion of Associates Degree or Certificate. Applications are accepted after the deadline, however a student may not be eligible to participate in Commencement activities.

Get the Graduation Application Here!

Completed Applications Should be sent to:
Office of the Registrar
50 Oakland St. Wellesley Hills, MA 02481, fax: (781) 239-2525 or
19 Flagg Dr. Framingham, MA 01702, fax: (508) 270- 4050

Tickets and Invitations- The Office of Student Development
Wednesday, April 17th
Commencement invitations and tickets will be available for pick-up beginning Wednesday, April 17th at the Office of Student Development in Framingham (rm 100) and in Wellesley Hills (rm 130). Each graduate will receive up to five (5) Commencement tickets. Each guest must present a ticket to be admitted to the ceremony.

Caps and Gowns- The MassBay Bookstore
Monday, May 6th - Tuesday, May 21st
Caps and gowns will be available for pick-up beginning Monday, May 6th at the MassBay Bookstore on both the Wellesley and Framingham campuses. Stores will be open extended hours for cap and gown pick up. You can visit the Bookstore website at or call (781) 239 -2650 (Wellesley Hills), (508) 270- 4150 (Framingham) for detailed hours.

*MassBay would like to recognize our student veterans and military at the Commencement ceremony. If you are a veteran, reservist or active member of the military and plan to attend Commencement, please contact Marie Hahs at: to obtain a red, white and blue regalia cord.

Alumni Breakfast, Welcome to the Alumni Association!
Monday, May 20th from 9:30 - 11:00 am, Wellesley Hills Cafeteria
The MassBay Alumni Association is hosting a reception to congratulate and welcome you as soon-to-be graduates, to the Alumni Association. For more information, contact Teresa Mortell at or (781) 239 -3125.

Commencement Exercises- Wellesley Hills Campus
Thursday, May 23rd

Be sure to arrive on time!
All graduates should arrive by 4:30pm in the Wellesley Hills auditorium for line up. The Commencement Procession begins promptly at 6:00pm.

Important Information 

Student Accounts
Students with overdue financial obligations, library books, equipment or athletic uniforms should immediately contact the Office of Student Accounts at 781-239-2540, as this may impact your eligibility to graduate or receive your transcript.

Actual diplomas will not be given out at Commencement. They will be mailed to graduates’ degree addresses.

Dress Code/ Academic Regalia
Commencement is a formal academic ceremony and should be viewed as such in terms of dress and demeanor. The recommended dress for graduates is comfortable business attire. Please consider that shoes and visible items of clothing worn under academic robes should be dark, and consistent with the academic regalia. Please do not wear sneakers, beach sandals or shorts.   

Commencement parking is allowed only in the Student Parking Lot on Oakland Street.  For driving directions, please visit

To accommodate graduates and their families, a shuttle service will run from the Riverside MBTA station to MassBay. The approximate seven minute shuttle ride will drop off and pick up near the College’s main entrance, a short distance from the event.

  • Depart from Riverside MBTA Station to MassBay
    4:30 pm/ 5:00 pm/ 5:30 pm
  • Depart MassBay to Riverside MBTA Station
    7:45 pm/ 8:30 pm

For Your Guests

Guest Seating
Guests are welcome to arrive beginning at 4:30 pm. Seating will be under a tent and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Commencement Exercises will begin at 6:00pm.


Special Accommodations
Guests in need of special accommodation should contact the Office of Student Development at 781-239-3142 beginning Friday, April 17th or may submit the Special Accommodation Form found via the link below no later than Friday, May 17th. American Sign Language interpretation will be provided during the ceremony.
Special Accommodations Form >>

Pictures and Video Equipment
Due to safety concerns, we ask that you and your guests refrain from taking photos and video during the Commencement Exercises.

A professional photographer will be on hand to take each graduate’s photos. Individual graduate’s photos will be available for purchase after the event. Check back soon for further information!

In addition, a dedicated setting will be provided for the graduates and their families to take personal photos after the ceremony.

For additional questions, please contact The Office of Student Development at (781) 239 – 3142.



Graduation Application Deadline
Friday, April 5th 

Download the Graduation Application



Tickets & Invitations
Wednesday, April 17th  

Wellesley Hills, Room 130  

Framingham, Room 100



Caps & Gowns
Monday, May 6th
MassBay Bookstores in Framingham & Wellesley Hills



Alumni Breakfast
Monday, May 20th

Wellesley Hills Cafeteria  



Commencement Exercises
Thursday, May 23rd at 6pm  

Graduates should arrive in the Wellesley Hills auditorium by 4:30pm