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Commencement 2018

Commencement Ceremony — Class of 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6 pm

COMMENCEMENT GUIDE

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Commencement Information

Important Deadlines for Spring 2018 Graduation

The priority deadline for Spring 2018 Graduation Applications is Friday, March 30, 2018, but please note that we will review graduation applications until the end of the Spring ’18 semester. If you wish to graduate this Spring, but have not yet submitted an application to the Registration and Enrollment office, please do so AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. Graduates who submit an application after Monday, April 30, 2018 will not have their names in the commencement program.

Students that have completed degree requirements during the Spring ’18 term that submit a graduation application after May 15th (not March 30th) will be processed and awarded as Summer 18’ grads.

Commencement Exercises — Wellesley Hills Campus
Thursday, May 17th

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

Student Accounts
Students with outstanding financial obligations with the College should address this issue as soon as possible as this may impact your eligibility to participate in Commencement. 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.

Diplomas
Actual diplomas will not be given out at Commencement. They will be mailed to the graduates’ 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.


Dates to Remember

Tickets, Invitations, Cap & Gown Voucher — Student Development
Monday, April 23rd  

Commencement invitations and tickets will be available for pick-up beginning Monday, April 23rd in Student Development in Wellesley Hills (rm 130) and in Framingham (rm 316). Each graduate will receive up to four (4) Commencement tickets. Each guest must present a ticket to be admitted to the Commencement exercises.

Caps and Gowns — The MassBay Bookstore
Monday, April 23rd  

Caps and Gowns will be available for pick-up beginning Monday, April 23rd at the MassBay Bookstore on both the Wellesley Hills and Framingham Campuses. Students should first pick-up their Cap and Gown voucher from Student Development. The Bookstore will have extended hours for Cap and Gown pick up. For detailed hours, you can contact the Bookstore for each campus by phone or by visiting their website. For the Wellesley Hills campus visit www.massbayshop.com or call (781) 239-2650, for the Framingham campus visit www.massbayframinghamshop.com or call (508) 270-4150.

Veterans
MassBay recognizes 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: mhahs@massbay.edu to obtain a red, white and blue regalia cord.

Disability-Related Accommodations

Graduates and guests in need of accessibility-related accommodations should contact Disability Resources at 781-239-2626 beginning Monday, April 23rd. (This includes requests for accessible parking, seating, hearing and other accommodations.) Requests should be made no later than Monday, May 14.


For Your Guests

Guest Seating
Guests are welcome to begin arriving at 4:30 p.m. Seating will be under a tent and is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Commencement Exercises will begin at 6:00 p.m. We encourage your guest(s) to arrive early and to check-in with an usher.

Pictures and Video Equipment
A professional photographer will be on hand to take each graduate’s photo; these photos will be available for purchase after the event. Check the MassBay website for more information. In addition, a dedicated setting will be provided for the graduates and their families to take personal photos after the ceremony.

*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.


Transportation

Parking
Commencement parking is allowed only in the Student Parking Lot on Oakland Street.

PLEASE NOTE: Parking spaces are limited as we accommodate families and guests. We strongly recommend that graduates and guests carpool when possible or use public transportation.

Shuttle
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.

Shuttle Schedule

For additional information please visit contact Student Development at 781-239-3142.

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