Commencement 2019

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Graduating students pose for a photo during the Springfield College commencement ceremony

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Pre-commencement Events

Department of Physician Assistant Studies Graduate Certificate Ceremony

Date: Friday, May 17, 2019
Time: 4 p.m., with reception to follow
Location: Ceremony: Appleton Auditorium, Fuller Arts Center, Springfield College
Reception: Fuller Arts Center lobby, Springfield College

 

School of Social Work MSW Graduation Reception for Springfield and Worcester Day and Evening Programs

Saturday, May 18, 2019
Immediately following the Graduate Commencement Ceremony
Brennan Center, Springfield, Mass.

Graduate Student Commencement

Graduate Student Commencement

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Field House in the Wellness and Recreation Complex on the Springfield College Campus
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  • Student assembly for Commencement begins at 8 a.m. in Dana Gymnasium.
  • Entrance tickets are not required for family and friends.
  • Length of ceremony: 1.5 hours, beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m.

All graduate students participating in commencement must arrive at Dana Gymnasium between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Graduates are required to be in attendance at the pre-ceremony line-up activities no later than 8:30 a.m. to ensure the marching and seating order. Candidates are advised not to bring valuables into the assembly room.

All doctoral candidates (PhD, DPT, and PsyD) will be hooded on the stage during the ceremony.

Accessibility for Students

Graduating students attending the ceremony who will require special accommodations or special arrangements should identify needed services on the graduation application form. Once the form has been received, the Office of the Registrar will contact you to discuss the necessary arrangements.

Accessibility for Family and Friends

There will be seating available for families and friends of graduates who have a disability or need special seating due to medical reasons. Seating will be available for each guest with these needs along with a seat for one additional person to accompany him/her. Please follow the signs for handicap drop-off area. Officers from the Department of Public Safety and Springfield College staff members will be on duty to assist guests. An interpreter for those who are hearing-impaired will be part of the commencement ceremony. Please call the Office of Academic Affairs at (413) 748-3197 if you need additional information.

Dining Services

Dunkin’ in the Flynn Campus Union food court will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be available on the mezzanine level of the Field House from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Undergraduate Student Commencement

Undergraduate Student Commencement 

Date: Sunday, May 19, 2019
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: MassMutual, Center 1277 Main Street, Springfield, Mass.
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  • Student assembly begins at 8 a.m. in the Exhibition Hall at the MassMutual Center.
  • Students enter through the convention center main entrance at the corner of Main Street and Bruce Landon Way.
  • Entrance tickets are not required for family and friends.
  • Length of ceremony: Approximately 2.5 hours, beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m.

In order to participate, all graduating students must arrive at the Exhibition Hall at the MassMutual Center between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Graduates are required to be in attendance at the pre-ceremony line-up activities no later than 8:30 a.m. in order to ensure the marching and seating order. Candidates are advised not to bring valuables into the assembly room. Guests will be admitted only through the box office/arena entrance on Bruce Landon Way between Main Street and Dwight Street.

Accessibility for Students

Graduating students attending the ceremony who will require special accommodations or special arrangements should identify needed services on the graduation application form. Once the form has been received, the Office of the Registrar will contact you to discuss the necessary arrangements.

Accessibility for Family and Friends

The MassMutual Center has accessible seating. Seating will be available for guests with special needs along with a seat for one additional person to accompany him/her. Staff from Springfield College and the MassMutual Center will be available to assist those individuals who require accessible seating. An interpreter for those who are hearing-impaired will be part of the Commencement ceremony. T

here is a parking garage located directly across from the building with handicap parking on all levels. The MassMutual Center also offers drop-off and pick-up areas for guests along Bruce Landon Way.

Please Note

Guests are advised not to purchase balloons prior to the ceremony as the MassMutual Center does not allow balloons in the arena.

Security

All bags will be checked by MassMutual Center security at the entrance to the arena.

Honor Cords

Undergraduate degree candidates who have completed all graduation requirements by the end of the spring term and who qualify to graduate with honors will be given their honor cords when they check in for assembly before the commencement ceremony. Undergraduate students whose final cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 3.5 or above and who have completed at least 45 graded semester hours (exclusive of pass/fail grades) at Springfield College are awarded their degrees with honor according to the following criteria:

  • Summa Cum Laude (gold) – 3.900-4.000
  • Magna Cum Laude (maroon) – 3.700-3.899
  • Cum Laude (white) – 3.500-3.699

The student’s qualifying GPA shall be determined at the close of the spring semester for the May Commencement ceremony. Academic honors will be noted on diplomas and transcripts.

Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate 

Date: Saturday, May 18, 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m.
Location: Field House in the Wellness and Recreation Complex
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  • Student assembly for Baccalaureate begins at 1:15 p.m. in Dana Gymnasium, Physical Education Complex.
  • Baccalaureate Reception at the President’s Residence will follow.
  • Entrance tickets are not required for family and friends.
  • Length of Baccalaureate: Approximately 1 hour

Baccalaureate is a student-led ceremony designed to celebrate the spirit, mind, and body. It is a moving ceremony that includes music, readings, and reflections by members of the campus community. All graduates and their families are encouraged to attend this very memorable part of the commencement weekend activities. Please note that the cap and gown is the expected regalia for this event.

Following the Baccalaureate program, there will be a reception with light refreshments for all graduates and their families at the President’s Residence on the campus.

Dining Services: Dunkin’ in the Flynn Campus Union food court will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be available on the mezzanine level of the Field House from 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m.