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Commencement will be held on Sunday, June 2, 2019 on the Campus Green. For our graduates, faculty participation in the Commencement celebrations enhances this recognition of their accomplishments. A large faculty presence is also a public testimony to our University’s commitment to their success.

Academic Procession

The academic procession is one of the oldest university traditions and is widely viewed as a symbol of our collective dedication to the development of knowledge and academic inquiry. Faculty are invited to be a part of the academic procession; academic regalia is required.

Robing and formation of the line of march are scheduled for 11:15 a.m. in the Albert Sherman Center second floor atrium outside the auditorium. Commencement staff will help you with your regalia and direct you to your place in the processional. The academic procession will begin promptly at 11:45 a.m.

To participate, you must respond using the online response form by May 17 so that sufficient seating on the stage can be arranged. 


Academic regalia is required. Faculty who do not own regalia should rent regalia from University Cap & Gown, either individually or through your Department Administrator. If you order UMass regalia, it is our practice to wear tams instead of mortarboards. If you order regalia that represents an institution other than UMass, please describe it on the response form so that we might identify some of the various institutions represented by our faculty in the Commencement program.

Balfour University Cap & Gown Co., Inc.
486 Andover Street
Lawrence, MA  01843
Phone 978-686-4566  |   Fax 978-686-8177

  To rent or purchase regalia, please go to:


 Custom doctoral outfits are available.

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Faculty members who are hooding should attend their respective school's rehearsal for graduates. Refer to the weekend schedule for date and time and assemble on the stage in the Commencement tent.


In order to provide sufficient seating, food, and parking, it is critical that we know what events you will be attending and if you will be bringing guests. Please respond by May 17, using the online response form to inform us of your plans.

RSVP- May 17, 2019

General Information

Campus Celebration - Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 8 p.m. to midnight

Commencement Brunch - Sunday, June 2, 2019 - 9:30 to 11 a.m. (graduates and guests only)

Commencement Ceremony - Sunday, June 2, 2019 - Noon
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If your regalia represents an institution other than the University of Massachusetts, please describe. THIS IS NOT THE REGALIA ORDER FORM. Please order through University Cap & Gown directly.

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