2017 Commencement Ceremony


MCLA was proud to graduate 309 students at its 118th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 13, featuring keynote speaker U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia. A full video of the Commencement ceremony, including Lewis' speech, is available here.

During the ceremony, MCLA President James F. Birge, Ph.D., also bestowed honorary degrees upon Anne W. Crowley '77, a corporate executive and communications strategist who enjoyed a lengthy career in both the public and private sectors, and David Phelps, president of Berkshire Health Systems. Click here to read more about this year's keynote speaker and honorary degree recipients.

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Contact Information

  • Graduate Registration - Registrar's Office, 413.662.5216
  • Graduate or Parent Questions - Student Development, 413.662.5129
  • MBA Graduate Questions - Nancy Ovitsky, 413.662.5306
  • M.Ed. Graduate Questions - Michelle Delisle, 413.662.5381
  • 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)

Campus Reception
Following the Commencement Ceremony, Murdock Lawn
Following the ceremony, a reception will be held on Murdock Lawn for our graduates and guests.