2017 Commencement Ceremony
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Amsler Campus Center, gymnasium
Procession begins at 10:45 a.m.
Click here to read about this year's keynote speaker and honorary degree recipients.
Commencement Safety and Security Guidelines
We look forward to celebrating the MCLA class of 2017 at this year's Baccalaureate Ceremony on Friday, May 12th and our Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 13th. As we move into this weekend of celebration, we have put additional guidelines in place to ensure that all those who gather for these celebrations may enjoy the festivities as safely and securely as possible. Click here to read more
**Only ticketed guests will be allowed to enter the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium. Guests without tickets will be directed to a secondary viewing area.**
Tickets are required for anyone age 3 and older.
Students will receive up to 5 (five) tickets for family and guests. Each student must log in to reserve and print out their tickets after April 18 and before May 1. Beginning May 2, any remaining tickets will be available to those graduates needing extra tickets on a first come, first served basis through the link above. The handicap seating area is limited, please plan to have ticketed guests arrive early.
*Tickets are not required for those processing as part of the Commencement ceremony.
For guests who do not have a ticket for entry into the gym or would prefer to view the ceremony from a separate viewing area, the Campus Center Marketplace and Centennial Room are great alternative venues to watch the Commencement Ceremony. Both venues, which are fully air conditioned, will be televising the ceremony. Current Students, Faculty, Staff, Alumni, and Community may reserve up to two tickets for the simulcast areas by calling the President’s Office at 413.662.5201 after April 19.
(For graduates with guests that exceed the allotted ticketed amount, Sullivan Lounge is available as an additional viewing area and will also be equipped with crayons and other activities for small children.)
There will be a live stream of the Commencement ceremony and keynote address on the College YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLzEuohEV_0ERPhtqB_dx6g). Please check MCLA.edu or this page for a link to the live stream on the day of Commencement.
A representative from Grad Images will be taking photographs of every graduate as they cross the stage. Information about ordering copies of these photos will be mailed to graduates. For more information and to login to view your photos, click here.
Parking is available behind Murdock Hall with additional parking behind Bowman Hall.
Seating is available in the first section to the left as you enter the gym; this section is reserved for handicapped persons plus one guest only.
- Graduate Registration - Registrar's Office, 413.662.5216
- Graduate or Parent Questions - Student Development, 413.662.5129
- Parking / Handicapped Access / Wheelchair Requests - Public Safety, 413.662.5284
- General Event Questions – Elizabeth Connor, 413.662.5201
Commencement 2017 Events
Friday, May 12th
Baccalaureate Line Up (students only)
2:30 p.m., Church Street Center Social Hall
3 p.m., Church Street Center, Eleanor Furst Roberts Auditorium
Reception to follow in the Church Street Center Social Hall
Saturday, May 13th
Commencement 2017 Seating
9:30 a.m., Amsler Campus Center, gymnasium
Guests are invited to arrive at the Amsler Campus Center and begin seating within the designated areas. Each graduate will be provided tickets for this event. Please see one of the MCLA staff members or ushers that day for assistance. Also, please remember that seating is on a first come first serve basis.
Student Line Up
10 a.m., Venable Hall, gymnasium
Graduating students participating in the Commencement 2017 exercises are required to check in at the Venable gym and will line up in this area to begin the procession to the Amsler Campus Center. Please be in attendance by 10:00 a.m.!
Commencement 2017 Ceremony
11 a.m., Amsler Campus Center (10:45 a.m. Procession begins)
Following the Commencement Ceremony, Murdock Lawn
Following the ceremony, a reception will be held on Murdock Lawn for our graduates and guests.
Congratulations Class of 2017!