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Graduating Students

Commencement will take place on Saturday, May 17th, 2014 beginning at 11 am and ending by 1:30 pm in the quadrangle next to the gymnasium at the Haverhill Campus.

Please note: Individuals who graduated in August 2013, December 2013, and those who have petitioned for May 2014, and August 2014 are encouraged to participate.

Commencement Day

There is NO rehearsal for Commencement. You must arrive for pre-ceremony activities no later than 10:15 a.m. on May 17th. Report to the Sports and Fitness Center and assemble in the gymnasium by program. Signs will be posted. All guests must be seated by 10:30 a.m. The Processional begins at 11:00 a.m. promptly. All students attending the Commencement ceremony will receive a diploma cover at the ceremony. Your actual diploma will be mailed by July 14.

Academic Requirements

Spring 2014 grades will not all be processed until after the Commencement Ceremony on May 17. Therefore, the final evaluation of your graduation applications will not occur until the beginning of June. Diplomas will be mailed by July 14 to all of those who have met their academic and program requirements, and have maintained a GPA of 2.00 or above.

Honors Status

Students who have petitioned to graduate for May 2014 should be aware that your honors designation, as it appears on the graduation program, is reflective of your final Fall 2013 GPA.

Cap, Gown, Hood and Invitations

There is no longer a graduation fee, which would have increased to $75 this year. Since we are not charging this fee, you will need to purchase your cap and gown. The College has paid for your invitation and graduation hood. The cost of the cap and gown is $25.

Your graduation packet, which includes a cap, gown, tassel, hood, and invitation, will be available for pick-up at both the Haverhill and Lawrence campus bookstore only, starting Monday, April 14.

Haverhill Bookstore hours:

Monday through Thursday: 8 am to 5 pm
Friday: 8 am to 4 pm

Lawrence Bookstore hours:

Monday and Tuesday: 9 am to 5 pm
Friday: 9 am to 4 pm

Invitations and Guest Seating

One invitation will be given to each student along with a cap, gown, and hood. You and your guests do not need an invitation to attend however, to ensure seating for all guests please limit the number of guests that you invite to attend the ceremony. Seating is available on a first come first served basis. Guest should be seated by 10:30am. Students will begin processing into the tent at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Special Seating

If you or any of your guests require assistance or special seating, please let us know so that we may accommodate you. Please call 978-556-3719.

Please note that children will not be allowed to march or sit with the graduates during the ceremony. Please make prior arrangements to have your children accompanied by an adult while attending Commencement.

For more information, please contact Enrollment Services at 978-556-3700.