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Graduates | Commencement 2022

Congratulations Class of 2022! Join us on May 13 for our 152nd Commencement!

Opportunities for Seniors

SENIOR PORTRAITS
Ultimate Exposures® will be on campus to take cap and gown photos as well as professional photos the week of commencement, May 9-12 in Campus Center, room 162-75. Walk-ins are welcome or make an appointment online by visiting, ultimateexposures.com.

GRADUATION ANNOUNCEMENTS
Optional personalized graduation announcements can be purchased at Print Services, 151 Whitmore, 413-545-2718, fax 413-545-1115.

HOMETOWN PRESS RELEASES
Each summer the Office of News and Media Relations sends press releases about in-state graduates to daily and weekly hometown newspapers in Massachusetts. Because of the large number of graduates involved, names are usually published in lists. Out-of-state graduates wishing to have press releases sent to their hometown newspapers must complete a form available from the News Office at https://www.umass.edu/news/news-events/hometown-news-requests or call ( 413) 545-0444.

GRADUATION KEEPSAKES
Jostens® can help commemorate your graduation with products that include class rings, diploma frames, graduation announcements, and more! Visit jostens.com to see their list of products or to place an order!

THE INDEX
The Index is UMass Amherst’s fully student-published yearbook. Once the oldest yearbook in New England, The Index published continuously from 1870 until 2006. The 2022 Index will be a timeless keepsake, snapshots of student life, clubs, athletics, and events that we all experienced together. Yearbooks purchased now will be available for pickup on campus in May, including at the Commencement Fair. Order before April 7th to reserve one. Order Your Copy of the Index

General Info

INSTRUCTIONS FOR SENIORS
For commencement day instructions about parking, security, and the ceremony schedule visit the Instructions for Seniors page.

CAP & GOWN
Caps, gowns, and tassels may also be picked up on the days & at the times listed below:

The week of Commencement:
Monday, May 9 – Thursday, May 12, 2022
10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Campus Center 165-69

On Commencement Day
May 13, in Lot 11, at McGuirk Alumni Stadium, after 3 pm

UWW students/distance learners unable to pick up their cap & gown on campus – follow this link to place an order.

MEDALLIONS
University medallions are presented to each graduate at their school/college ceremony.

PHOTOGRAPHY
Commencement photos of graduates walking across the stage will be taken during the individual school or college celebration ceremonies. Proofs of these photographs will be emailed within 48 hours of the ceremony to graduates along with order forms and information for those wishing to purchase prints.

DIPLOMAS
The diplomas are not distributed during the Friday & Saturday ceremonies. They are mailed post-Commencement, to the student’s permanent address after the grades have been received, recorded, and processed by the Registrar’s Office, and the diplomas have been engrossed. To ensure the delivery of diplomas, all graduates should check SPIRE to make certain that their diploma mailing address is accurately recorded. Questions regarding diplomas? Please contact the Registrar’s Office, located at 213 Whitmore Administration Building, 413-545-0555.

GRADUATION ELIGIBILITY
A student’s year of graduation is established by the Registrar’s Office. To be eligible to participate in the May 2022 Commencement ceremony, students must have fulfilled all requirements by the date of the ceremony or be scheduled to do so by September 2022. Students scheduled for February 2023 graduation who wish to attend the May 2022 ceremony must contact the Registrar’s Office at reggrad@registrar.umass.edu.

COMMONWEALTH HONORS COLLEGE seniors are urged to meet with a Commonwealth Honors College advisor well before University Commencement, to confirm that they are fulfilling all requirements for graduating from Commonwealth Honors College. At the Commonwealth Honors College Celebration of Excellence, the Dean of each college will present each graduating Commonwealth Honors College senior with a gold stole to be worn at the University Undergraduate Commencement.

COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM LISTINGS
Because of publication deadlines, the names of students added to the graduation list and the names of those who apply to participate in an earlier Commencement received after March 31, 2022, will not appear in the Commencement Program. A program addendum will be printed after Commencement to include names of 2022 graduates not included in the program that were received after the deadline. The form to have the addendum mailed post-Commencement is available at the Registrar’s Office, 213 Whitmore. Students who have a full-privacy request on file but wish to have their names printed in the Commencement program must so notify the Dean of Students Office no later than the close of business on March 1, 2022. Those who fail to do so will not be listed.

VISA REQUEST LETTERS
The Office of External Relations and University Events will provide letter(s) for undergraduate students who wish to invite family member(s) living abroad to attend commencement ceremonies. The letter states the name of the graduate, major, commencement dates, and a relationship to the guest seeking the invitation and it’s not an official government document. To receive a visa request letter, fill out this Visa Request Form. Our office will complete it within one week of receipt and notify you when it’s available for pickup. Please note, it is the responsibility of the graduate to mail the letters to the appropriate Embassy.

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