Commencement FAQs

What is the schedule?

Schedule of Events page

Are tickets needed for any of the events scheduled?

Tickets are required only for the Baccalaureate Soirée.

How long does the Commencement Ceremony last?

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

What is 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 Mass will be celebrated at The Cathedral of St. Paul, 38 High Street (at the corner of High Street and Chatham Street) downtown Worcester. Mass will last about one hour.

What are the directions to The Cathedral of St. Paul (site of the Baccalaureate Mass) from Assumption College? 

Leaving the Assumption College campus, take a left onto Salisbury Street. At the second set of traffic lights, take a right onto Lancaster Street (Trinity Lutheran Church is on the right). At the 6th traffic light, take a left onto Austin Street. Take your first left onto High Street. The Cathedral of St. Paul’s is ahead on the right. The Cathedral is handicapped accessible. Parking is at a premium, although there are parking lots and garages in the vicinity. Please allow yourself ample time to find parking. Please see the attached map for available parking locations adjacent to the Cathedral of St. Paul.   Please do not park in any lots that are shown as “No Parking” on this map, cars will be towed from private lots.

Baccalaureate Parking Map

What is the Baccalaureate Paint Night?

Assumption College’s first annual Baccalaureate Paint Night will feature a professional artist from Just PAINT art studio on May 16th at 7:00 pm in the Hagan Campus Center Hall. No artistic ability is required for this memorable event!  Assumption College is providing all the supplies along with a professional artist to teach how to paint step-by-step all while in a fun and social environment.  Decadent desserts along with hot coffee will be provided. A wine/beer cash bar will also be made available. 

Tickets cost $15 per person (ticket must be purchased for the graduating student as well). There is no limit to the number of tickets that can be purchased.  The event is open to students, parents, family and friends. Click here to register for this event, or for more information, please contact Eric Swindle, Director of Student Activities at 508-767-7403. 

Need more information about Commencement Exercises and Reception? 

The academic procession will begin promptly at 9:40 a.m. from the Plourde Recreation Center. Commencement Exercises begin at 10:00 a.m. at H.L. Rocheleau Athletic Field (under a tent on the baseball field, which is adjacent to the Multi-Sport Stadium).   There is no limit to the number of people who may attend Commencement Exercises and no tickets are required. For those who would rather view the ceremony from a climate-controlled environment, guests are invited to the Hagan Campus Center to watch the graduation on a closed circuit broadcast.

A dessert reception for graduates, families and friends will be held in the Plourde Recreation Center immediately following the Ceremony.  Tickets not required.

Graduate Commencement Reception

A reception for all graduate students, their families and their guests. For more information, please contact the Graduate Studies office at at 508-767-7387 or graduate@assumption.edu. All graduate students, their families, and their guests are invited to this commencement celebration.  A formal invitation will be mailed in April.  Please RSVP to graduate@assumption.edu with number attending.

Continuing Education Reception

A reception for all continuing education graduates and faculty. For more information, please contact Dennis Braun, Director of Continuing & Career Education, at 508-767-7541 or dbraun@assumption.edu.

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 photography shots 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 designated spots along the sides of the tent. 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 jack@commencementphotos.com

Commencement Video 

Assumption College has contracted Collins Video Services of Fitchburg to videotape the Commencement Exercises. The company will contact each student at his/her home address regarding placing an order for the video. It will also be possible to order a copy of the video on the day of Commencement. 

If you have questions or need additional information about the video, contact Arthur Collins at 978-697-3537

Accommodations on Campus

A limited number of rooms will be available on campus for Friday evening prior to commencement.  Please contact Cheryl Laganelli in the Conference Services office at 508-767-7122 or claga@assumption.edu

How can I find a local hotel and restaurant? 

Assumption College has reserved a block of rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn and the Marriott Courtyard Worcester from Friday, May 16, 2014 to Sunday, May 18, 2014. Please contact the hotels directly for room information and reservations. If you use the links provided above, they will take you to reservation pages with the Assumption group information pre-filled.

Where are Commencement Exercises held if it rains?

Commencement Exercises are held rain or shine, under the tent at the H.L. Rocheleau Athletic Field. The temperature under the tent is sometimes much cooler than the temperature outside. We recommend bringing a blanket and jacket, especially if there are older guests in your party. For those who would rather view the ceremony from a climate-controlled environment, guests are invited to the Hagan Campus Center to watch the ceremony on a large screen closed circuit broadcast.

Tickets are not required for admission to commencement exercises, whether viewed under the tent or at Hagan Campus Center.

Click here for the Assumption College Campus Map (PDF)

H.L. Rocheleau Athletic Field, the site of the Commencement Exercises is #40. Hagan Campus Center is #20, where guests can watch the ceremony on a closed circuit broadcast. 

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. 

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 online at:  http://www.worcestermass.org/restaurants-coffee-houses

When should guests plan to arrive?

The ceremony, held under a tent, will be open for first come, first served seating at 8:00 a.m. The Commencement Ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. at H.L. Rocheleau Athletic Field. 

The academic procession will begin at 9:40 a.m. from the Plourde Recreation Center.

Where do I park?

Campus parking will be at a premium on the day of Commencement. We suggest that you arrive early. Parking is also available at St. Mary's of the Assumption Albanian Church, just past the entrance to the College, on the left.  Shuttle services will be provided, to-and-from this parking lot.  If you have handicapped family members attending, please see the following information below under the headings “Special Needs Arrangements” and “Where is handicapped parking located?” 

Where are the restrooms located?

Before Commencement Exercises, restroom facilities are available in the Hagan Campus Center.

Click Here for the Assumption College Campus Map (PDF)
The Hagan Campus Center is #20.

What are the Special Needs Arrangements?

To arrange handicapped parking, and all other special needs arrangements, please contact Cheryl Laganelli in the Conference Services office at 508-767-7122 or claga@assumption.edu

Please note that space is limited so please make your arrangements as early as possible.

Where is handicapped parking located on campus?

Those with state-issued disability plates or placards will be allowed to park as close to the Commencement Exercises tent at H.L. Rocheleau Athletic Field as space allows. Please display your handicapped placard where a Public Safety Officer will see it. We recommend arriving early for the best parking. 

If there is no parking available close to the tent, Public Safety will allow you to drop off passengers with disabilities near the tent, before finding a parking place elsewhere on campus. If you have any questions about handicapped parking, please contact Cheryl Laganelli in the Conference Services office at 508-767-7122 or claga@assumption.edu

Is handicapped seating available at Commencement?

There is limited handicapped seating available for those guests in wheelchairs. Unfortunately, because of the limited amount of space available, we can not provide handicapped seating for a whole family. If you or a member of your family need handicapped seating, you must contact Cheryl Laganelli in the Conference Services office at 508-767-7122 or claga@assumption.edu

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?

From 7:30 to 11:00 a.m., refreshments and snacks such as coffee, juice, water, muffins, and other breakfast pastries will be sold at "Charlie's," located in the Hagan Campus Center. Cold beverages and light snacks are also available at the Bookstore from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.

Where can I buy Assumption College gifts and souvenirs?

The Assumption College Bookstore will be open the day of Commencement from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 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: http://www.assumption.edu/bookstore.

Where can I buy flowers for my graduate?

Click here if you would like to preorder flowers for your graduate.  You may pick up your flowers the morning of commencement outside of the Multi Sports Stadium.  Flower bouquets, ranging in price from $20.00 to $30.00, will also be sold before commencement.  Proceeds benefit the Elise M. Doyle Book Fund.  A half dozen long stem roses start at $20.00, a dozen long stem for $25.00, and open face graduation bouquets for $30.00.

Where can I find a map of the campus? 

For a map of the Assumption College campus, please click here.

H.L. Rocheleau Athletic Field, the site of the Commencement Exercises is #40.

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 17, 2014. 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.