Dear graduating seniors:
Congratulations! You are approaching the end of your undergraduate years at Westfield State University, and about to begin the next chapter in your life. We in Academic Affairs are proud of you, and wish you the best for your future! For those already graduated, we are happy you will join in the Commencement ceremony.
Included below is information about your Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 19 at 4 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.
During the week after Spring Break, you will receive a letter from the Registrar’s Office concerning your eligibility to participate in Commencement. Follow the instructions in that letter to clarify any questions concerning your graduation status. Students who are not finishing all of their degree requirements but qualify to "walk" should follow the directions to Petition to Participate. The Registrar’s letter will be sent in hard copy to your campus mailbox (residential students), or sent to the address that we have on file (commuter students). If you have already received your diploma, congratulations!
Students who are confirmed eligible to participate in Commencement may purchase their cap and gown at the Campus Bookstore beginning mid-April. All students participating must wear a cap and gown.
Every eligible graduating student may invite up to four guests to attend the Commencement ceremony. Guests must have a ticket to enter the center. The ticket will be scanned at the entrance. Each ticket has a distinct bar code and may only be used once. Anyone with a duplicated ticket will not be allowed to enter. Seating is open. Guests may enter the building beginning at 2:30 p.m. Guest tickets are free.
Information on registration and commencement tickets is forthcoming.
Those not in attendance wishing to view the ceremony may watch a live streaming of the event online via the University home page.
We hope all of our graduates and their family and friends have the opportunity to enjoy the full ceremony. As you can imagine, early departures of graduates disrupts the proceedings for those remaining. As a courtesy to all, we respectfully request that you remain for the entire event. It is a good idea to arrange for a meeting place at the conclusion of the ceremony. Also, please do not bring noisemakers or balloons to the ceremony since the facility does not allow these items in the arena.
In addition to the parking garage, parking is available at several lots around the MassMutual Center. Metered parking on the street is free on Saturdays. The parking garage does not accept credit cards.
Undergraduate Commencement rehearsal will take place on Tuesday, May 8 at 4 p.m. in the Woodward Center.
Dr. Christina Swaidan
Dean of Undergraduate Studies