Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

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Schedule | Graduation Information | Hooding | Invitations and Tickets | Regalia
Celebration of Student Academic Achievement | Photos and Videos | Hometown Publicity

Graduation Information

All academic requirements must be completed by May 1, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

Please see the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) webpage for details (link)


Traditionally, the graduating student’s thesis advisor (mentor) attends and participates in Commencement by hooding his/her student. All graduating students must notify the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences office by April 13 if their thesis advisor will be attending Commencement and hooding them. If you have a co-thesis advisor and wish to be hooded by both at Commencement, include this in your notification. A faculty member will be appointed to hood students whose thesis advisors are unable to participate.
    NOTE: Seating for faculty participating in Commencement is arranged in advance and cannot be rearranged on the day of graduation.

Invitations and Tickets

Graduates and their guests are invited to Commencement and all Commencement events; tickets are required for the ceremony. You may invite as many guests as you want, but you must provide each guest with a ticket in order that we may provide sufficient seating, food and parking. Email Mindy Donovan by Friday, May 8, to reserve the number of tickets you want; you will be contacted when they are delivered. Then, as your plans firm up, request additional tickets by email and return any unused tickets to the GSBS Office.

Accessible Seating

If any of your guests use a wheelchair or walker, need a signer, have an assistance animal or need other special consideration, reserved seating for handicapped guests and three companions is available.  Please notify Mary Ellen Lane by Friday, May 9, and we will do our best to accommodate their needs. Accessible seating will be held until 11:35 a.m., at which time unoccupied seats will be released for open seating.


University Cap & Gown has been selected to provide your Commencement regalia, which will be paid for by GSBS. Please use this form to provide us with the information we need to order your regalia (Regalia Order) Follow directions on the form for measuring your head to ensure proper sizing.

Please complete and submit the regalia order form by Friday, April 17.

We will inform you when your regalia has arrived. Please arrange for it to be picked up no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, May 29.

Tams and gowns are rented and must be returned in the original bag (which has your name on it) to the GSBS office no later than  4 p.m. on Monday, June 1. If you are unable to return the regalia yourself, you may have someone return it on your behalf. The hood and tassel provided for Commencement are yours to keep.

Celebration of Student Academic Achievement

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, May 28, when Dean Carruthers will be hosting the sixth annual GSBS Student Academic Achievement Awards ceremony and reception. This special event recognizes student achievements across all years. Presentation of the awards will begin at 3 p.m. in The Cube of the Albert Sherman Center to be followed by a reception at 4 p.m. All GSBS students and faculty are invited to this event; tickets are not required.

rsvp  is required.

Questions regarding this event may be directed to Susan Prentice Foley at 508-856-3520 or via email at

Photos and Video 

A group photo will be taken on the LRB Quadrangle at aproximately 11 a.m. on Sunday; if it rains, the photo will be taken in the LRB lobby. Be sure to wear your regalia for this photo.   

An individual photograph will be taken of you as you receive your hood during the ceremony.If you wish to purchase a photo, you may order directly from the photographer using this link.  

A video recording of the entire Commencement ceremony will be available. If you wish to purchase a copy of the full-length DVD, please use this form.

Hometown Publicity 

If you wish to place a graduation announcement in your hometown newspaper, a suggested format is provided here (Word). Amend it to convey all the appropriate personal information.

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