Commencement Weekend 2023
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 2023 will take place on Monday, May 15th, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. (Please note, this is a date change from the original 2022-23 academic calendar).
Students completing their studies in August/December 2022 or May 2023 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.
Further details will be posted here and sent via student AMCATS email by Winter Break. If you have a question in the meantime, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Student Life Office at 508-849-3388.
We look forward to celebrating with you and your family!
Commencement Weekend Events
We will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass on campus on Saturday, May 13th, 2023 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.
Additional events on Saturday, May 13th will include:
Senior Champagne Brunch at 11:00 a.m.
Social Work Pinning at 1:00 p.m.
Nursing Pinning at 3:00 p.m.
All Saturday events will be held on campus – details to be announced in the coming months.
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.
Please visit www.buildagrad.com/annamaria to order your regalia – the order website is open until the deadlines below.
Bachelor’s degree/Undergraduate: Full-time (Resident and Commuter) – order by March 1st
You will pick up regalia on campus on April 3rd & 4th, details to be announced. There is no charge at time of order, as your regalia is included in your comprehensive fee.
Bachelor’s degree/Undergraduate: Online only/Part-time/Degree Completion – order by April 1st
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 April 1st
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.
If you have International guests attending Commencement who require a letter of certification for their visa application please email the email@example.com. You will then receive a confirmation of your graduation to provide to your guests for their visa application.