Commencement

  • When and where will Commencement take place?

    Morning Ceremony: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 9 a.m. at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. 

    Afternoon Ceremony: Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. 

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  • How do I know I’m eligible to graduate in 2014?

    The following students are eligible to participate in graduation activities:

    master’s students who have completed degree requirements during the Summer 2013 semester and who have not attended the previous commencement exercise;
    undergraduate and master’s studentswho have completed degree requirements during the Fall 2013 semester and who have not attended the previous commencement exercise;
    undergraduate and master’s studentswho expect to complete degree requirements during the Spring 2014 semester; and
    undergraduate students who anticipate completion of degree requirements by the end of the Summer 2014 session.
    doctoral students who have completed all of their degree requirements, including final submission of their dissertation, in Summer 2013, Fall 2013 or Spring 2014 are eligible to participate.

    online and continuing education students should schedule a graduation interview to review their program worksheet with a faculty coordinator. To schedule an interview, a OCE student should call Online and Continuing Education at 978-934-2474.

    Undergraduate and continuing education students: To see if you are eligible to graduate in 2013 you should review your Advisement Report on ISIS. Follow these instructions:

    Log into ISIS using your UMS # and password.
    You are now in your ‘Student Center.’
    Under ‘academics’ there is a ‘Quick Links’ drop down.
    Select ‘Advisement Report’ and click arrow.
    You are now in your Advisement Report.
    Do an Expand All. 
    Review for completion of your degree requirements
    If everything is satisfied, it will tell you that no additional credits are needed.

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  • What do I have to do to participate in graduation?

    Undergraduate students need to submit a Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form to their college dean's office. Please note, that seniors who complete graduation requirements but do not submit this form in a timely manner are advised that it will impact when they will be eligible to receive their diploma and their names may not be printed in the 2014 Commencement booklet. 

    Online and Continuing Education students should schedule a graduation interview to review their program worksheet with a faculty coordinator. To schedule an interview, a OCE student should call Online and Continuing Education at 978-934-2474.

    International students on either F-1 or J-1 student status who are completing their academic program in spring 2014 should schedule an appointment with the International Students & Scholars Office 978-934-2383 or isso@uml.edu

    Once we have received your DIG form, your name will appear on the Registrar's Office website. For your convenience, the Registrar’s Office hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday; Fridays 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. We are located at University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Suite M10. 

    Master's students must file a Request for Graduate Clearance Form with the Registrar's Office. The Registrar's Office will mail the Graduate Clearance Form to students. When the student receives the form, it must be completed, approved by all appropriate faculty and submitted to the Registrar's Office by April 14, 2014. The Registrar's Office will verify course credit, grade and GPA requirements, and submission of thesis/dissertation (if applicable) prior to the awarding the degree.

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  • What if I'm receiving financial aid?

    If you are a senior or a graduate student graduating this semester, and have borrowed from one of the various student loan programs, it is important to remember that your student loans are your responsibility and must be carefully managed. Federal Regulations require you to participate in an online Loan Exit Counseling to assist you with your student loan debt.

    In order to fulfill the online Loan Exit Counseling requirement, you will need a Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PIN). Your PIN will also allow you to access various websites including; the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and Direct Loan Consolidation. If you do not know or do not remember your PIN, you can request a duplicate one at www.studentloans.gov/

    You must first review the Exit Counseling information for your loans, and then you will be directed to take a quiz. Your quiz results will be electronically sent to the Financial Aid office. Your Loan Exit Counseling requirement is not considered complete until you have completed and passed the quiz.
     
    To access the online Loan Exit Counseling and/or obtain a PIN, please visit www.studentloans.gov/. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid office at 978-934-4220.

    Perkins Loan Exit Counseling: Exit material will be sent to you via certified mail to your current address in iSiS.  Please verify that this address information is correct.  An Exit Interview service indicator will be been placed on your account.  This service indicator will not permit you to enroll in future classes here or receive transcripts until such time as you have completed and returned this exit packet. Please note: This exit CANNOT be completed on line. If you have any questions or need assistance with the Perkins Exit Interview process, please contact Student Financial Services at StudentFinancialServ@uml.edu.

    Holds: Students with financial holds on their account will not be cleared for graduation. Students may participate in graduation; however, diplomas will be released only to students who have been financially cleared. Please check your iSiS account for information on any possible holds.

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  • How do I get my cap and gown?

    Academic attire is required for all participants in Commencement exercises. Graduating students should arrive at the Tsongas Center with their:

    Cap, Gown, Hood
    Any honors cords or stoles 
    Name card (for undergraduates and master’s candidates)

    All undergraduate students may pick up their caps and gowns at the The Cap & Gown Countdown to be held on April 2, 2014 (additional information will be sent out via email regarding this event). You will be able to pick up everything you need for graduation all in one place. Undergraduates DO NOT need to pre-order their cap and gown, they will be distributed by height at the Cap and Gown Countdown which will take place in April. 

    Master’s and doctoral students should place their order with the North Campus Bookstore by April 23, 2014.

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  • What college am I in?

    UMass Lowell has six colleges:

    The Graduate School of Education
    Curriculum & Instruction 
    Reading & Language
    Educational Administration 
    Ed.D.
    The College of Sciences
    Biological Sciences 
    Bio-Cheminformatics
    Chemistry 
    Computer Science 
    Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 
    Mathematical Sciences 
    Physics and Applied Physics
    The College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    American Studies
    Art
    Community & Social Psychology
    Criminology & Justice Studies
    Cultural Studies
    Economics
    Economic and Social Development of Regions
    English
    History
    Modern Languages
    Music/Music Education
    Peace & Conflict Studies
    Philosophy
    Political Science
    Psychology
    Sociology
    Sound Recording Technology
    The Francis College of Engineering
    Chemical Engineering 
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Computer Engineering 
    Electrical Engineering 
    Energy Engineering
    Engineering Technology 
    Mechanical Engineering 
    Plastics Engineering
    The Manning School of Business
    Accounting
    Business Administration
    Entrepreneurship
    Finance
    International Business
    Management
    Management Information Systems
    Marketing
    MBA
    Operations and Information Systems
    The College of Health Sciences
    Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences 
    Community Health & Sustainability 
    Exercise Physiology/Physical Therapy
    Nursing
    Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Physical Therapy 
    Work Environment
    Intercampus Degrees
    Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology Program
    Marine Sciences

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  • How do I get tickets to my Commencement ceremony?

    Graduating students need to RSVP for Commencement to secure tickets for family members and guests online. Graduating students do not need tickets to Commencement themselves, but their guests do. Those participating in the Morning Ceremony will be able to request up to 4 tickets. Those participating in the Afternoon Ceremony will be able to request up to 8 tickets.  You may request additional tickets which will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis as available when RSVPing online.

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  • Do students who aren't graduating in a ceremony need a ticket?

    Students who are graduating do not need tickets to attend their commencement ceremony. If you are a student who is not graduating and would like to attend a ceremony, you will need a guest ticket from someone who is eligible to participate in the ceremony.
    If you are a student graduating in a different ceremony and would like to attend the other ceremony, you will need a guest ticket (reserved by someone who is participating in that ceremony) to attend. 

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  • How will I get my Commencement tickets?

    Your tickets will be emailed to you, similar to ordering ticket through Ticketmaster. You will then be able to forward them to your guests or print them out. Please note that each ticket is individually coded, you will not be able to scan the same ticket multiple times.

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  • What if I do not need all my tickets?

    You have the option to donate any tickets you do not need to the wait list for other students to use when you RSVP online.

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  • What happens if I lose my tickets?

    You can simply log back into the tickets website and go to My Tickets to be able to reprint or resend tickets.

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  • How do I know if extra tickets are available?

    Any unclaimed tickets will be added to the additional tickets pool on April 26. Please check back in the system then to see if additional tickets have become available.

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  • How do I get my diploma?

    As students process across the stage, they will be given a diploma cover. With the exception of doctoral candidates who will receive their actual diplomas as they cross the stage in the afternoon ceremony, all other diplomas will be mailed to students by the Registrar's Office in the weeks after the graduation ceremony.

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