Frequently Asked Questions

Happy Graduates

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

Can I watch the ceremony live?

Yes. Livestream information will be posted here when available.

Are tickets required for commencement?

Admission to the main Commencement ceremony will be by ticket only. Each graduating senior will receive five (5) tickets to the main ceremony. Seniors who need more than five tickets should obtain them from other class members who may not need all of their tickets.

Tickets are not required for diploma 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 in early May.

When do students receive their diploma?

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

When and where will the main commencement take place?

Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2019, in the Gosman Sports and Convocation Center. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:30 a.m.

Is housing available on campus during Commencement Weekend?

Limited on-campus housing is available and is reserved through the Department of Community Living on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations must be made and paid for in advance. Please note: Guests must supply their own linens, blankets and towels.

Questions about housing 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 weeklong celebration held in the spring between the end of classes and before Commencement. More information and a schedule of planned activities will be available in the spring. If you have any further questions, please contact Student Activities at 781-736-5065.

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 short walk up South Street.

I am driving to campus. Where do I park when 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.

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.

What dining locations are open on Commencement day?

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