Bagpipe players at graduation with President Birge at the gate

Commencement

Commencement 

Congratulations to the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021! We are focused on celebration, the sense of occasion, being with friends and recognizing your unique place in MCLA’s history. The resilient Classes of 2020 and 2021 will be forever immortalized! Our wish is to create a memorable, uplifting moment for you.

We want you to look forward to graduation and your future with confidence! We are delighted to welcome you to your virtual commencement. Congratulations!

The virtual ceremonies will take place: 

Class of 2021 Saturday, May 15, 2021    1 P.M.
Class of 2020 Sunday, May 16, 2021     1 P.M.

You can watch the commencement ceremonies HERE.

To be a part of our live social media feed, please use the hashtag #MCLACommencement2021 and #MCLACommencement2020. Messages will appear on the landing page in real time.

During the procession each graduates’ StageClip –individual recognition page – will be featured. These will be available to share to social media following the celebration.

We encourage students and their families to submit photos celebrating their commencement at home this year. If you would like to share your celebration pics with the rest of the MCLA community for possible inclusion in social media post or MCLA publications, please click here.

View the 2021 Commencement Program HERE 
View the 2020 Commencement Program HERE 

After the Ceremony

Following each commencement ceremony, graduates will have the opportunity to say goodbye to faculty and staff. Join us at 3 p.m. for a celebratory zoom meet-up with break out rooms for each academic department and a variety of offices on campus

Class of 2021 Register HERE

Class of 2020 Register HERE

Please make sure you have the latest version of Zoom downloaded. This will enable you to move freely throughout the breakout rooms. 

OUR GIFT TO YOU – Keep an eye on your mailbox! MCLA will be sending each graduate from the Class of 2020 and Class of 2021 a celebration box with festive gifts, your official MCLA diploma cover, and commencement program.

Baccalaureate Ceremonies

The Class of 2021 Baccalaureate Ceremony will take place Thursday, May 13 at 12 noon. 
Watch the 2021 ceremony HERE. 

The Class of 2020 Baccalaureate Ceremony will take place Friday, May 14 at 12 noon. 
Watch the 2020 ceremony HERE.

Honorary Degree Recipients

The Commencement speaker for the Class of 2020 is Dr. Mary Dana Hinton, president of Hollins University in Roanoke, Va., and an active and respected proponent of the liberal arts and inclusion. Dr. Hinton will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Jenn Smith, a deeply experienced journalist who began her career at the Berkshire Eagle before becoming engagement editor at the Seattle Times, will receive an honorary Doctor of Journalism degree.  

Ty Allan Jackson, an award-winning children’s book author, literacy advocate, and captivating motivational speaker who travels around the country inspiring children and educating adults about the impacts of illiteracy, will serve as Commencement speaker for the Class of 2021, and will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. Stephen Boyd, CEO of Boyd Technologies in Lee a co-founder and Board Chair of the Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) who has dedicated his career to advancing economic development in the Berkshires, will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree.

Learn More About The Honorary Degree Recipients HERE

 

 

Note from the Registrar:

Conferral of a degree occurs when the registrar finalizes the students’ academic record and confirms that all requirements have been satisfied. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not constitute conferral of the degree. Similarly, inclusion of a student’s name in such publications as the commencement program does not confirm eligibility for the degrees. 

Commencement FAQ’s

MCLA has been keeping a very close eye on the science and restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are too many safety uncertainties around COVID, and delaying the decision to later in the spring is untenable.

Yes, a variety of in-person options were considered. We have explored split ceremonies, different locations, drive through options, etc. and there are logistical and safety issues with all.

  • The Class of 2021 will take place Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 1 P.M.
  • The Class of 2020 will take place Sunday, May 16, 2021 at 1 P.M.
    • May 16, 2020 was the original date of the commencement ceremony. Class council felt it would nice to host the commencement one full year from what would have been the original date.
  • Yes, following the virtual ceremony we will host a Zoom Meeting with break out rooms by department so that you may say goodbye to the faculty in your discipline. You will be free to move around the breakout rooms and see other departments.
  • MCLA has partnered with a company, StageClip, which specializes in virtual Commencement ceremonies. There will be more details to come regarding how you will be able to upload a photo and other graduation information. Check out some of StageClip’s other graduation ceremonies here.