When you graduate from Assumption, you will step out into the world prepared to embark on a life of meaning and purpose. Assumption will become your alma mater continuing a lifelong relationship with the University that began on the first day of your freshman year.  

Recognizing the Classes of 2020 and 2021

Despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, Assumption University is proud to recognize the academic achievements of the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021. 

Class of 2020

The Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement are scheduled for Saturday, May 15 at the DCU Center beginning at 12 noon.

Class of 2021

The Baccalaureate Mass is scheduled for Saturday, May 8 at the Cathedral of St. Paul at 7 p.m. and Commencement at the DCU Center, on May 9 at 10 a.m. sharp.

Safety Protocols

The University’s plans for the Baccalaureate Masses and Commencement Ceremonies have been reviewed and approved by the Worcester Department of Public Health. All Commonwealth COVID-19 safety guidelines and protocols will be in effect for these events which include the wearing of masks and social distancing. If graduates or their family members have a fever or feel ill, they are asked to not attend the Mass and ceremony. The Commencement will be livestreamed.

Please contact Dan DiTullio in the Office of the President with any questions regarding Commencement or Baccalaureate Mass at


Commencement is the culmination of your four years of study and work. The education that you have received will continue to nurture you and impact you throughout your life.

Critical intelligence will allow you to reason carefully, to recognize the complexities and paradoxes of the human condition and to recognize that you should not accept everything you hear or read at face value, that there are different sides to consider in every situation, and that the goal is to arrive at the truth. Thoughtful citizenship will require you to speak and act with wisdom, engaging in your civic responsibilities in a way that will advocate for the vulnerable in our society, keeping at the forefront the dignity of all human persons.  Compassionate service will distinguish you as an Assumption graduate – an individual with a burning desire to take what you have learned to contribute to the common good. 

Our society today needs individuals such as yourself who have developed a moral and ethical framework grounded in a Catholic worldview, who understand that policies, decisions, and actions devoid of values have negative consequences which will be detrimental to the common good.

During the ceremony which is traditionally held in the climate-controlled and spacious DCU Center in Worcester, the University awards Bachelor of Arts degrees, graduate studies degrees (Master of Arts and Master of Business Administration) and Continuing and Career Education degrees (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, and associates).

Class of 2020

Class of 2021

Prior Assumption Commencements

“Influence others to greatness and lead with your soul”

Before a crowd of thousands, Robert Lewis Jr., chief executive officer of The BASE, a Boston-based nonprofit that provides athletic, education and career-building resources to enable student-athletes to pursue a university degree, shared his life story of struggle and achievement and inspired the Class of 2019 to live a life of meaning during the University’s 102nd Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 12, at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester.

102nd Commencement Ceremony

"The satisfaction of the restless heart is in God."

The Most Reverend Robert E. Barron, S.T.D. auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles addressed members of Assumption University's Class of 2018 imploring them to find and fill their lives with love, for with love at the center of one's life, one will use their acquired power and wealth in service to others in need.

101st Commencement Ceremony

Past Commencements