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UMass Medical School Hooding Policy
The University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) allows for graduates that have a parent or family member who is currently on the faculty or an alumnus of UMMS to hood their graduate at Commencement.
Family hooders are required to attend a rehearsal, wear regalia and be seated on the stage during the ceremony.
If you would like to see if you qualify please contact the Office of University Events.
In order to graduate, you must be CERTIFIED by the Registrar's Office as having completed all of the necessary requirements for the awarding of the MD degree, including any outstanding administrative responsibilities. Certification for the graduating Class of 2017 will be held Tuesday, May 30, 2017- Thursday, June 1, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.; and Friday, June 2, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - noon. Certification for Graduation is done in the Registrar's Office (S1-844) and takes approximately 20 minutes. Students with outstanding fees or fines (i.e., tuition, loans, library books, parking fees or tickets) may not be certified to graduate.
Permission of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs is required for early certification for graduation. Students are responsible for completing all certification requirements and obtaining signatures. Students with early certification are still subject to university policies and procedures regarding graduation (e.g., diplomas may be held for non-payment of fines incurred after completing early certification).
If you are not certified by Friday, June 2, 2017, you will NOT receive a diploma at Commencement. If you need further information, please contact the Registrar’s Office.
Financial Aid Exit Interviews
All students with a Learning Contract or any student loan debt are required to attend an exit interview with staff in the Financial Aid Office. An email will be sent out from the Financial Aid Office listing dates and times. Please make certain to schedule and attend yours.
Please remember to clean out your locker by Friday, June 2, 2017. Anything left in the locker will be "recycled."
Invitations and Tickets
To help lower the University's carbon footprint, Commencement has joined the "Growing Green" initiative. We encourage you to partner with us by sending your guests electronic invitations and Commencement Programs available on the Commencement homepage.
Please note: All guests will require a seating ticket to enter Commencement. Seating tickets will be available in the Office of Student Affairs on May 1. We are pleased to offer each student 10 seating tickets. If you do not need 10 seating tickets, please return extras to the Office of Student Affairs. A limited number of invitations will also be available in Student Affairs.
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 Judy Holewa as soon as possible, 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 graduation regalia. All students should order and pay for their regalia online before May 1st. Please have your Student ID Number (found in PeopleSoft) ready when registering for your regalia.
Caps and gowns must be returned in the original bag to the Book Store (S1-103), clearly marked with your name, no later than Monday, June 5th. The hood that will be provided at the ceremony is yours to keep.
Awards Ceremony / Alumni Breakfast
The Alumni Association is pleased to honor you at their annual Alumni Breakfast on Friday, June 2nd, 2017, in the Faculty Conference Room. Outstanding Medical Educator and student awards will be presented at this event.
Photos and Video
Your class picture will be taken on Friday, June 2nd, 2017, on the Albert Sherman Center terrace following the Alumni Breakfast (rain site: LRB lobby). You must wear your regalia (cap, gown and hood) for the picture. House pictures will be taken immediately after the class picture in your respective learning community house.
If you wish to place a graduation announcement in your hometown newspaper, a suggested format is provided here. Amend it to convey all the appropriate personal information.