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Commencement Weekend 2024

In academics, commencement is the ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred on graduating students.  Your college commencement ceremony recognizes the completion of your degree and the start of your professional life. 

Commencement 2024 will take place on Monday, May 13th, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.  

Students completing their studies in August/December 2023 or May 2024 are invited to participate in the May ceremony.  Students who are within 6 credits of completion can petition to participate.  If you have any questions about your eligibility to graduate, please contact your faculty advisor for guidance.  

Please email us at commencement@annamaria.edu or call the Student Life Office at 508-849-3388 with and questions regarding the ceremony.

We look forward to celebrating with you and your family!  

More Information

Commencement Weekend Events
Tickets & Commencement Weekend RSVP
Commencement Speaker
Senior Week
Cap & Gown Information
Commencement Press Release Form
Visitor Information
International Guests
Commencement 2023 Highlights

Tickets & Commencement Weekend RSVP

  • Tickets for guests are not required for Commencement on May 13th, and guests are unlimited.  
  • The Commencement Weekend RSVP form  will be emailed to students attending graduation by April 1st Please complete the RSVP once received to ensure that your name is on the graduation lineup list and to help ensure a smooth ceremony.  
  • Due to space capacity guest reservations will be required for Baccalaureate Mass and the Hooding Ceremony. The Commencement Weekend RSVP form will serve as your reservation for these events. 

 

Commencement Speaker

Dr. Eric W. Dickson, President & CEO, UMass Memorial Health, will deliver the commencement address.

Dr. Dickson is President and CEO of UMass Memorial Health, the largest not-for-profit health care system in central Massachusetts with $4.1 billion in annual revenue, 2,100 physicians and 17,000 employees. The system includes four owned hospitals on eight campuses with more than 1,000 licensed beds; four affiliated hospitals; 70 office-based community practices; a behavioral health services agency; six urgent care centers; and an Accountable Care Organization. UMass Memorial trains over 650 residents and fellows annually and performs world-class research in partnership with the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Dr. Dickson also serves as a Professor of Emergency Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

Prior to being named President and CEO of the health care system, Dr. Dickson served as President of the UMass Memorial Medical Group and senior associate dean at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The UMass Memorial Medical Group is a subsidiary of UMass Memorial Health Care and is a 1,300-physician, 2,100-employee multidisciplinary medical group with revenues of over $700 million. He served as the head of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and interim chief operating officer for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Dr. Dickson completed his medical degree and residency training in emergency medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has a master’s degree in health care management from Harvard University. Dr. Dickson has served as a member of the Baldrige National Quality Award Board of Examiners, lectures nationally on the use of the Toyota Production System in health care and is an active faculty member for the Institute of Healthcare Improvement, where he works with health systems around the world to reduce health care costs while improving quality.  Dr. Dickson is a Past Board Chair of the Massachusetts Hospital Association and of America’s Essential Hospitals, which is the national association for safety net hospitals.

Commencement Weekend Events

We will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass in Fuller Activities Center on Saturday, May 11th, 2024 at 5:00 p.m. Baccalaureate Mass is a Catholic liturgy, celebrating the Sacrament of the Eucharist and graduating students.  All members of the Anna Maria College community and their guests are invited to attend the Mass, regardless of faith.  

The Hooding Ceremony will immediately follow Baccalaureate Mass. The hooding of the Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree Recipients by faculty recognizes your academic success.  Your hood (the scarf-like part of your academic regalia) represents the degree that you have earned, and will be placed over your shoulders by a faculty member or department chair in your field of study. 

 A reception will be held in the Bishop Flanagan Campus Center for graduating students and guests, faculty, and staff immediately following the hooding ceremony.  

 Additional events on Saturday, May 11th will include: 

Social Work Pinning at 1:00 p.m. in Zecco Performing Arts Center 

Nursing Pinning at 3:00 p.m. in Zecco Performing Arts Center 

 All Saturday events will be held on campus. Guests are welcome to attend – please watch your AMCATS email for information about reservations.

Senior Week

Your Senior Class Council is busy planning Senior Week activities for the spring – more information coming soon! If you have questions or ideas, please email seniorclasscouncil@amcats.edu  

Cap & Gown Information

Anna Maria College partners with Balfour/Build a Grad for commencement regalia (cap, gown and academic hood). Regalia are required if you are attending Baccalaureate Mass and/or Commencement.  

 

Bachelor’s degree/Undergraduate: Full-time (Resident and Commuter) – Order by Feb 18, 2024

Pick up your regalia on campus April 4, 2024 between 6pm – 8pm. More details to follow.

www.buildagrad.com/annamaria

Bachelor’s degree/Undergraduate: Online only/Part-time/Degree Completion order by March 31 

www.buildagrad.com/annamaria  

 Please have payment method ready when you order, as your credential fee includes diploma but not regalia.  Your regalia will be mailed to you. 

Master’s degree/Graduate/CAGS – order by March 31  

www.buildagrad.com/annamaria 

Please have payment method ready when you order, as your credential fee includes diploma but not regalia.  Your regalia will be mailed to you. (Master’s degree regalia varies slightly from Bachelor’s degree regalia. Please reach out with any questions.) 

Press Release Form

We will be happy to provide graduation announcements to your local newspaper after commencement.  If you have not already done so, please complete the form below. 

Commencement Press Release Form 

Visitor Information

For hotels, restaurants and activities in the local area, please visit https://www.discovercentralma.org 

International Guests

If you have International guests attending Commencement who require a letter of certification for their visa application please email the registrar@annamaria.edu. You will then receive a confirmation of your graduation to provide to your guests for their visa application.

2023 Commencement Highlights