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Commencement Information

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Commencement Information

Commencement Exercises — Wellesley Hills Campus
Thursday, May 21, 2020

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.


If you will be graduating this spring or summer, you must fill out the Graduation Application. Submit the application by the first week of May to the Office of the Registrar so you will be on the list for the Commencement ceremony.

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.


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

Caps and Gowns — The MassBay Bookstore
Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Caps and Gowns will be available for pick-up beginning Tuesday, April 28, 2020 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 or call (781) 239-2650, for the Framingham campus visit or call (508) 270-4150.


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: to obtain a red, white and blue regalia cord.

Disability Resources

Students in need of disability related accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Resources at (781) 239–2626.

Students with guests in need of disability related accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Resources at (781) 239–2626.

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.

Do you have a guest(s) coming to Commencement who may require special seating accommodations?

We would like to provide that person and one companion access to our reserved seating area. We will make every effort to accommodate your guest and their companion. Please contact the Office of Disability Resources at (781) 239–2626

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 by Commencement Photos, Inc. 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. These photos will be posted on our Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and SmugMug pages following the ceremony. We reserve the right to use these images in our marketing campaigns.



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.

How to Get to MassBay

MassBay has free parking. All driving directions and schedules for public transit can be found here. All public transit meets accessibility requirements.

How to Get to MassBay

Commencement will be held in a tent on MassBay's Wellesley Hills campus. For additional information please visit contact Student Development at 781-239-3142.

Directions to Wellesley Hills Campus