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Commencement Information

MassBay 2021 Virtual Commencement Ceremony

Thursday May 27th, 2021 | 6pm • Pre-show cheer at 5:30pm

MassBay is excited to create a memorable, engaging, celebratory, student-centered Commencement that is a respectful recognition of our graduates’ accomplishments. We look forward to our 2021 commencement and plan to make it a special, unique event that signals a milestone transition in the lives of our students.

Graduating Students! Submit Commencement Photos and Videos NOW!

Candid Pictures – Due May 5, 2021. Submit pictures of your MassBay experience.

Tassel Flip Video – Due May 10, 2021. Please submit a video (under 10 seconds long) of you moving your tassel from the right side to the left side of your cap.

Submit Photos and Videos for Commencement →

Student Information

The deadline for early review of graduation applications is Thursday, April 1st, 2021.

The final deadline for spring graduation applications is Friday, May 7th, 2021.

Graduation Application

Apply for Graduation here →

Questions about your status?


2021 Student Commencement Speaker Application

All approved graduating students who plan to be part of Commencement are eligible to apply to be the Commencement Student Speaker. Students must also have a minimum grade point average of 2.0. To apply for this honor, we ask that you complete this application.

Deadline to apply is April 9, 2021. Finalists will be contacted to schedule a reading in person to a selection committee.

Apply to be Student Commencement Speaker →

2021 Student Commencement Singer Application

Students auditioning should be prepared to submit a video of themselves singing the National Anthem A cappella or with music accompaniment. Students must also have a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Any MassBay student may apply.

Deadline to apply is April 9, 2021.

Apply to be Student Commencement Singer →

Frequently Asked Questions About Commencement

Do I have to apply to graduate?

In order to be eligible to graduate, all students must complete and submit a Graduation Application.  The early review deadline for applications is Thursday, April 1, 2021.  The final deadline for May graduation applications is Friday, May 7, 2021.  Any applications submitted after May 7, 2021 will be reviewed for an August 2021 graduation.

When will the virtual commencement be held?

MassBay’s virtual commencement will be held on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:00 pm.

Will I receive a cap and gown?

Yes, all students who apply and are eligible to participate in the 2021 Commencement ceremony will receive their commencement regalia (cap and gown) in the mail. There is no addition form to complete or cost associated. However, it is essential that the college has your correct MAILING address.  Please go online 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 7, 2021.

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 2021 semester, diplomas are typically mailed out in mid to late July.  The College will mail diplomas to the address provided in the graduation application. 

Will I have access to a copy of the recording after the ceremony?

Yes. A link the 2021 virtual Commencement ceremony will live on the commencement website.

We want to hear from you! What do you want to see at Commencement?

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