Commencement

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 College that began on the first day of your freshman year.  

 

Saturday, May 9, 2020 Baccalaureate Mass
5 p.m., Plourde Recreation Center

The Baccalaureate Mass is celebrated the Saturday prior to Commencement in the Plourde Recreation Center on the Assumption campus.  This Mass is a celebration of the many gifts which God has bestowed on the graduating class during their years at Assumption and an opportunity to ask God to guide the candidates for graduation as they move into the next part of their life's journey.  The Baccalaureate Mass is one of the major graduation events at Assumption.  Everyone is welcome at the Baccalaureate Mass.  No tickets are required.

Since Commencement is held at the climate-controlled DCU Center, having the Baccalaureate Mass on campus allows the College to provide a significant graduation event on campus.  The Plourde can accommodate 1,200 or more individuals; such a crowd cannot be accommodated in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit with its seating capacity of about 450. Rev. Bishop Robert McManus (the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Worcester) traditionally leads the celebration of the Baccalaureate Mass and a number of Assumptionist priests concelebrate. 

All candidates for graduation, their families and guests are invited to attend this religious celebration which is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. There is no limit to the number of people who may attend. A reception for students and their families will follow the Mass.

Sunday, May 10, 2020 Commencement

  •  8:10 a.m. - Undergraduate buses leave for the DCU Center
  •  9:40 a.m. - Academic Procession Begins
  •  10 a.m. - Commencement Ceremony Begins

Embarking Upon a Life of Meaning

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 held in the climate-controlled and spacious DCU Center in Worcester, the college 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).

Commencement Information

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 college degree, shared his life story of struggle and achievement and inspired the Class of 2019 to live a life of meaning during the College’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 College'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
Class of 2019

Commencement Speaker Robert Lewis: “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 college degree, shared his life story of struggle and achievement and inspired the Class of 2019 to live a life of meaning during the College’s 102nd Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 12, at the DCU Center in downtown Worcester.

Commencement Speaker Robert Lewis