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MassBay's 2014 Commencement
MassBay Community College will hold its Fifty-second Commencement Exercises on Thursday, May 22, 2014. Congratulations to all the graduates of the Class of 2014.
View a slideshow of scenes from the 2014 commencement by clicking the image below. >>
Congratulation Class of 2014
Important information and dates below leading up to the commencement ceremony:
MassBay Commencement ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 22nd 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.
Notice from the MassBay Office of Public Safety
Like many colleges and universities in Massachusetts, the MassBay Office of Public Safety has implemented upgrades to the level of security at this year’s Commencement Exercises. The College has enhanced 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.
Application Deadline for Graduates is April 1st!
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) 872-4067
Tickets and Invitations- The Office of Student Development
Wednesday, April 23rd
Commencement invitations and tickets will be available for pick-up beginning Wednesday, April 23rd at the Office of Student Development in Wellesley Hills (rm 130) and in Framingham (rm 100). Each graduate will receive up to five (5) Commencement tickets. Each guest must present a ticket to be admitted to the Commencement exercises.
Caps and Gowns- The MassBay Bookstore
Wednesday, April 23rd
Caps and gowns will be available for pick-up beginning Wednesday, April 23rd at the MassBay Bookstore on both the Wellesley and Framingham campuses. Students should first pick-up their Cap and Gown voucher from the Office of Student Development. Stores will be open extended hours for cap and gown pick up. You can visit the Bookstore website at www.efollett.com or call (781) 239 -2650 (Wellesley Hills), (508) 270- 4150 (Framingham) for detailed hours.
Veterans: 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: firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a red, white and blue regalia cord.
Commencement Exercises- Wellesley Hills Campus
Thursday, May 22nd
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.
Students with outstanding financial obligations to the College should address this issue as soon as possible as this may impact your eligibility to participate in Commencement or receive official transcripts.
Students should contact the Office of Student Accounts for additional information at (781) 239 -2540. Students
with additional obligations such as overdue library books or athletic equipment are encouraged to contact the appropriate offices.
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 www.massbay.edu.
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
4:30pm/ 5:00pm/ 5:30pm
- Depart MassBay to Riverside MBTA Station
For Your Guests
Guests are welcome to arrive beginning at 4:30pm. Seating will be under a tent and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Commencement Exercises will begin at 6:00pm.
Students in need of disability related accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Resources at (781) 239-2626 beginning Wednesday, April 23rd.
Guests in need of special accommodation should contact the Office of Student Development at 781-239-3142 beginning Wednesday, April 23rd or may submit the Special Accommodation Form found via the link below no later than Friday, May 17th. American Sign Language interpretation and C.A.R.T. services 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.
Please be advised, MassBay Community College will be photographing our graduates before, during, and after the Commencement Exercises. We reserve the right to use these images in our marketing campaigns.