Commencement

For Faculty and Staff

This year, UMass Lowell will hold two Commencement Ceremonies. The morning ceremony will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 17, 2014, followed by the afternoon ceremony at 2:30 p.m. the same day. Both ceremonies will take place at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. Faculty intending to participate in the Commencement procession should RSVP to Commencement@uml.edu. This is required to develop a seating plan.

Commencement is a very special time for our students. It is the culmination of all that they have worked so hard to achieve. This ceremony represents an opportunity for faculty, staff and administrators to come together with families and friends to celebrate the accomplishments of our graduates and to mark the transition to the next stage of their journey. As a member of the faculty, you played an integral role in that journey. Please join us on May 17 at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell for the 2014 Commencement Ceremony.

Faculty Academic Regalia

Caps and gowns are required for faculty who wish to march and sit with the platform party. If you wish to rent academic regalia, contact the bookstore to place your order, or fill out the Faculty Regalia Order form. You will need to pay for your items at the time you place your order. Please order at the North Campus Bookstore 978-934-2623. Regalia can be available for pick up at either the North Campus or South Campus Bookstores.

The order deadline is April 30, 2014. Orders placed after the deadline cannot be guaranteed and there is an additional late fee.

Please note: There are no refunds once the order is shipped from the cap and gown company. 

On Commencement Day

Faculty Marshals

Thank you to those faculty who have agreed to serve as faculty marshals. Each marshal should encourage members of their department to participate in the academic procession at commencement. In addition, faculty marshals will be asked to assist with student and faculty line-up. An organizational meeting will be held in May.

Hooder

Faculty who served as the primary adviser for Ph.D. candidates are invited to "hood" their candidate(s) during the Commencement ceremony. Seats will be reserved for hooding faculty on the platform. Please contact Debbie White via email or phone at 978-934-2173 for instructions.

Commencement Day Schedule for Faculty

7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast in a tent on the lawn behind the Tsongas Center 
8:30 a.m. Robing commences. Faculty participating in the morning ceremony should arrive to the Tsongas Center no later than 8:30 a.m. Please allow adequate time for travel and parking.
9 a.m. Morning procession occurs beginning Commencement
11:30 a.m. Morning Commencement ceremony estimated conclusion 
Noon College receptions will take place in a tent adjacent to Tsongas. 
12:30 p.m. Lunch for faculty and staff in a tent on the lawn behind the Tsongas Center
2 p.m. Robing commences for afternoon Commencement. Faculty participating in the afternoon ceremony should arrive to the Tsongas Center no later than 2:00 p.m. Please allow adequate time for travel and parking.
2:30 p.m. Afternoon procession occurs. Commencement begins
4 p.m. Afternoon Commencement ceremony concludes
5 p.m. College receptions will take place in a tent adjacent to Tsongas.


Academic Regalia: The order deadline is April 30, 2014. 

Robing: There will be a locker room available for use by faculty who are participating in the ceremony. The locker room will be located inside the East Entrance of the Tsongas Center. Faculty lineup will take place in Lot C adjacent to the Tsongas Center. 

RSVP by May 14: Faculty intending to participate in the Commencement procession and ceremony should RSVP by Wednesday, May 14, to commencement@uml.edu  Faculty are invited and encouraged to participate in both ceremonies. Please indicate if you plan to attend one or both of the ceremonies and if you wish to participate in the lunch.

Where to park: The lot across from the Wannalancit Mill on Suffolk Street will be reserved for faculty and staff parking free of charge. Other university-owned lots also will be open to all attendees. The Ayotte Garage and Lot A near the Center will be open for a fee.