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Commencement Information

Graduation Deadline

Students who are eligible to graduate this spring must fill out a Graduation Application by Friday, May 15, 2020. Any application submitted after this date will be reviewed for summer 2020 graduation.

Questions About Commencement

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The 2020 Commencement Ceremony, previously scheduled for May 21, 2020, has been postponed due to the coronavirus. Please read President Podell’s message below.

President’s Letter to MassBay Graduates, 2020

Commencement FAQs

Do I have to apply to graduate?
In order to be eligible to graduate, all students must complete and submit a Graduation Application by Friday, May 15, 2020.  Any applications submitted after this date will be reviewed for summer 2020 graduation.

Will there be a commencement ceremony?
As mentioned in the April 8, 2020 letter from President Podell, MassBay will not be holding the in-person Commencement ceremony, on Thursday, May 21, 2020.  After much thought and consultation with the Student Government Association, MassBay decided to move forward with a virtual Commencement Ceremony.

All 2020 graduates will be invited to attend and participate in the May 2021 Commencement Ceremony.

When will the virtual commencement be held?

MassBay's 2020 Virtual Commencement Ceremony will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30th, 2020. A link for the Ceremony will be posted on this website and emailed to all graduates.

For those who are unable to make the scheduled time, a recorded version of the event will be available after.

Will I receive a cap and gown?
Yes, all students who apply and are eligible to participate in the 2020 Commencement ceremony will receive their commencement regalia (cap and gown) in the mail in early June. There is no additional form to complete or cost associated.  However, it is essential that the college has your correct mailing address.  Please go on line to your BayNavigator account to double check your mailing address.  If it is not correct, please make all necessary updates.

If there is no physical ceremony, will I still graduate?
Commencement ceremonies are the services held at the end of the spring semester.  These are ceremonies in which the achievement of the degree is recognized and celebrated by the College community and the students’ friends and family.

Graduation is the process of being awarded a degree. All students wishing to graduate must apply for graduation by May 15, 2020.

Participation in a commencement ceremony does not imply or infer the awarding of a degree at the time of the commencement ceremony. A final degree audit by the College Registrar must be completed before a degree is officially awarded. This process will take place during the month of June.

When and how will I receive my diploma?
For students who are awarded their degree for the Spring 2020 semester, diplomas are typically mailed out in mid to late July.  The College will mail them to your address on file in BayNavigator. Again, please make sure your mailing address is correct.

Will I have access to a copy of the recording after the ceremony?
Yes. A link the 2020 virtual Commencement ceremony will live on the commencement website.