Frequently Asked Questions

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The following questions apply specifically to undergraduate students. Graduate students should refer to the graduate student information section or contact the graduation coordinator from their school.

Are tickets required for Commencement?

Admission to the main Commencement ceremony will be by ticket only. Each graduating senior will receive six (6) tickets to the main ceremony. Seniors who need more than six tickets should obtain them from other class members who may not need all of their tickets.

Tickets are not required for dipoloma ceremonies, (formally mini-commencement ceremonies), sponsored by the individual schools and departments.

When will tickets be distributed?

Tickets are distributed during Senior Sign Out which will be held in International Lounge in the Usdan Student Center on the following dates and times:

Monday, April 28 from Noon to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

When and where will the main Commencement ceremony be held?

Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 18, 2014, in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.

When do students receive their diploma?

Students receive their diploma at the diploma ceremony, which they have designated through SAGE.

How do I order my cap and gown?

Caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the university bookstore inside the Shapiro Campus Center beginning on April 28. Caps and gowns are black with a royal blue and white hood. The cost for the complete outfit is $56.00.

Is housing available on campus during Commencement Weekend?

Limited housing is available, but is reserved through the Department of Community Living on a first-come, first-served basis.

Families, friends and parents of graduating seniors interested in staying on campus for Commencement Weekend must complete a Commencement Housing Reservation Form (PDF). 

Reservations must be made and paid for in advance. Please note: Guests must supply their own linens, blankets and towels.

Questions about housing or the reservation form should be directed to the Department of Community Living in Usdan G032 or by calling (781) 736-5060.

What activities are occurring during Senior Week?

Senior Week is a week-long celebration held in the spring between the end of classes and before Commencement.

More information and a schedule of planned activities is available on the Student Activities website.

If you have any further questions, please contact Student Activities at (781) 736-5065.

How do I obtain information about disability services?

For questions about guests with disabilities, please contact the Office of Conference and Events Services at (781) 736-4300.

How do I get to campus by public transportation?

Take the MBTA's Fitchburg/South Acton commuter line to the Brandeis/Roberts stop. The Gosman Sports and Convocation Center is just a few minutes walk up South Street.

What dining locations are open on Commencement day?

The schedule of on campus dining locations open throughout the weekend including Commencement Day can be found on the Campus Dining Options page.

I am driving to campus. Where do I park once I arrive?

Commencement guests may park at any university parking lot on Commencement day. Shuttle-bus transportation will be available on campus and from the Charles River Road parking lot. On Commencement day, all Gosman Center parking lots will be closed for general use.