Commencement FAQs

What is the schedule?

Friday May 6th at 5pm:  Baccalaureate Mass to be held on campus

Saturday May 7th at 10am: Commencement Ceremony – DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester

Are tickets required for the scheduled events?

Tickets are not required for Baccalaureate or Commencement Day ceremonies.

How long does the Commencement Ceremony last?

The length of the ceremony is approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

What is the Baccalaureate Mass? 

This religious celebration is open to all graduating students, their families and their guests. There is no limit to the number of people who may attend and no tickets are required. The Baccalaureate Mass will be held in the Plourde Recreation Center on the Assumption College campus on Friday at 5pm. 

Directly following the Mass you are invited to attend a reception in the Laska Gymnasium (cash bar and hors-d'oeuvres).

Bus Transportation to the DCU Center

As undergraduate members of the Class of 2016 prepare for Commencement on Saturday, May 7, 2016, the college will offer graduating seniors one way transportation from campus to the DCU Center on the morning of graduation. The bus transportation information is as follows:

  • All seniors are required to take the bus to Commencement.
  • Seniors must arrive promptly at the Plourde Gym by no later than 7:30am.
  • Buses will be loaded beginning at 7:45am and ending by no later than 8:10am.
  • All buses will leave campus at 8:10am. 
  • If you miss the bus transportation provided during this time, you are responsible for your own transportation to the DCU Center (you must be at the DCU by no later than 8:30am.).  Enter the Exhibition Hall through door #2 on Major Taylor Boulevard.
  • Seniors are responsible for their own transportation back to campus after Commencement.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Student Activities.

Parents and friends should proceed directly to the DCU Center, which opens at 8:30am.  Please enter through the Harvard Pilgrim Pavilion ( doors 10-12) at the corner of Foster Street and Major Taylor Boulevard. There is handicapped accessible entry through door #13 on Foster Street.

Graduate and CCE Students

Graduate and CCE students should arrive at the DCU Center by 8:30am and enter via the Exhibition Hall doors (doors #1 and #2) on Major Taylor Boulevard.  Proceed via escalator or elevator to the 3rd floor ballroom for staging.  This area will be restricted to students only.  Volunteers will be available to assist you.

Need more information about Commencement Exercises?

The academic procession will begin promptly at 9:40am. and Commencement Exercises begin at 10am. at the DCU Center. There is no limit to the number of people who may attend Commencement Exercises and tickets are not required.

How do graduates obtain academic regalia attire (cap and gown)?

If you are a candidate for graduation, and have been financially and academically cleared to graduate, you may pick up your cap and gown at the Assumption College Bookstore the week prior to commencement. To insure that we have the correct size for you, you may order your regalia online through the following link:  Assumption College student cap and gown order form. If you have questions regarding your academic regalia, please contact the Assumption College Bookstore at 508-767-7211.

Faculty may rent their regalia through the following link:  Assumption College faculty rental regalia order form.

Is there a Graduation Audit Fee?

A fee is required only for Graduate Degree and Continuing Education Degree recipients. The $100 fee must be paid regardless of their attendance at Commencement and prior to the Registrar issuing diplomas.Undergraduates are billed the $100 graduation fee in the fall of their final year.

Will families receive more information?

ALL information regarding commencement exercises will be available on this website.  Information on this site will be updated on a regular basis leading up to commencement.  Please continue to check this website for updated information.

Is there a Commencement Photographer?

Assumption College has contracted with Commencement Photos, Inc., to take close-up photos of each individual student as he/she receives his/her diploma. There will be two different photographs taken of each student during the ceremony; one as they receive their diploma (action shot) and one as they exit the stage with diploma in hand (posed shot). Parents, family, and friends will be allowed to take pictures only from the guest seating areas. Commencement Photos, Inc., will contact each student at his/her home address regarding the ordering and purchasing of the photos. If you have questions or need additional information, contact Commencement Photos directly at 978-851-5924 or e-mail

Accommodations on Campus

A limited number of rooms will be available on campus for Friday evening prior to Commencement. Please contact Cheryl Laganelli, Coordinator of Conference Services at 508-767-7122 or .

How can I find a local hotel? 

Local hotels include the Hilton Garden InnMarriott Courtyard Worcester, Holiday Inn Express, and the Beechwood Hotel. Please contact the hotels directly for room information and reservations. If you use the links provided above, they will take you to reservation pages.

Please click here for additional lodging options.

Where are Commencement Exercises held if it rains?

The DCU Center is an indoor facility, therefore Commencement Exercises are held there rain or shine.  

What time will Commencement Exercises end? 

Commencement Exercises are expected to run about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, ending approximately at 12:15 p.m. 

Where will I meet my student after the ceremony?

Students will remain on the arena floor after the dignitaries and faculty have processed out.  Families will then be allowed to come to the arena floor to meet their students.

We are going out to dinner afterwards. What time should I make a reservation?

If you are planning to have lunch at an area restaurant, you may want to plan for a 1:30 pm. or 2:00 p.m. arrival.  A list of restaurants in the Worcester area is available by clicking here.

When should guests plan to arrive?

Seating at the DCU center will be on a general admission basis, the doors of the building will open to the general public at 8:30am. Please enter through the Harvard Pilgrim Pavilion doors. The procession begins at 9:40am and the Commencement Ceremony will begin promptly at 10am.

Where do I park?

There are a number of parking lots located in the vicinity of the DCU Center. Please click here for more information.

Is handicapped seating available at Commencement?

The DCU Center provides a number of seating options for handicapped individuals. Click here for more information.

Will there be Sign Language interpreter at Commencement?

Yes, there will be an American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter at the Commencement Exercises.

Where can I buy refreshments and snacks?

Concession stands will be open during the Commencement ceremonies. 

Where can I buy Assumption College gifts and souvenirs?

The Assumption College Bookstore will be closed the day of Commencement. However, there will be a number of items for sale at the DCU Center. The bookstore will be open until 7 p.m. on Friday following the Baccalaureate Mass. The Bookstore has a variety of Assumption memorabilia for sale including apparel and glassware. College chairs are also available, but must be ordered in advance. For more information, please contact the Bookstore directly at 508-767-7249, or go to:

When must I move out of my residence hall?

Students are expected to move out of campus housing by 6:00 pm on Saturday, May 7, 2016. Staff will be available in each area until then, or students can utilize the express checkout system. All trash must be removed, and all carpeting, floors, appliances, and fixtures should be cleaned to the best of your ability. If you have any additional questions, please contact Residential Life at ext. 7505.