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Commencement 2021 Highlights

Commencement Weekend 2022

Commencement 2022 will take place on Monday, May 9th, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Doors will open for graduates and guests at 9:00 a.m.

In academics, it 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.

The Baccalaureate Mass will take place on Sunday, May 8, 2022, 5:00 p.m. on campus. 

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.   

 LIVE STREAM 

There will be a LIVE STREAM of the ceremony available on our website of the Commencement ceremony for those unable to attend. 

 EMAIL UPDATES 

Important graduation updates will be sent to your Anna Maria College email.  Please be sure to check your email regularly.  Contact ITSupport@annamaria.edu if you need help accessing your email.    

 CONTACT US 

For any questions regarding Commencement Weekend, please email us at commencement@annamaria.edu or call the Student Affairs Office at 508-849-3388. 

 

Eligibility to Graduate

The first step towards graduation is the Intent to Graduate Form, which must be completed by the following deadlines.

May degree completion – December 1st

August degree completion – July 1st

December degree completion – November 1st

https://annamaria.formstack.com/forms/intent_to_graduate

Students completing their studies in August/December 2021 or May 2022 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.

More Information

Tickets & Reservations
Event Protocols
Campus Events
Commencement Overview Meeting
Cap & Gown Information
International Guests
Commencement Press Release Form
Professional Photos
Hotels and Restaurants in the Local Area

Tickets & Reservations

Graduating students must complete the online COMMENCEMENT WEEKEND RSVP form if attending Commencement and/or Baccalaureate Mass.  The RSVP form will open January 3 and close April 1, 2022.  

We are happy to announce that due to the larger venue this year, there is no guest limit for our Commencement ceremony on May 9th!  No tickets are required for guests, and seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  Doors will open at the DCU Center at 9:00 a.m. for graduates and guests.  Graduating students should arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. for the procession line-up. 

Handicapped seating may be requested in advance, using the RSVP form.  We will do our best to accommodate all requests, based on seating availability.  Please help us by getting your request in early if needed. Please note, the DCU Center does not provide wheelchairs, but a parking drop-off area will be available at the guest entrance.   

Due to seating capacity on campus, guest reservations are required for the Baccalaureate Mass/Hooding Ceremony.  Please use the RSVP form to indicate how many guests will attend. Guest reservations will be checked upon entry. 

Commencement 2022 RSVP Form

Event Protocols

Public health and safety protocols will be announced closer to graduation for all Commencement Weekend events.  Further details about parking, entrances, etc. will be provided in the spring. In the meantime, please visit www.dcucenter.com for general venue information. 

Campus Events

CAMPUS EVENTS on Sunday, May 8, 2022 

Champagne Brunch:  11:oo a.m. in the Campus Center

Social Work Pinning Ceremony: 1:00 p.m. in Zecco Auditorium

Nursing Pinning Ceremony: 3:00 p.m. in Zecco Auditorium

Baccalaureate Mass & Hooding Ceremony: 5:00 p.m. at Fuller Activities Center 

Reception following Baccalaureate Mass: 6:00 p.m. at the Information Commons 

Commencement Overview Meeting

Cap & Gown Information

Regalia (cap, gown and academic hood) are required if you are attending commencement. Please visit www.buildagrad.com/annamaria to order your regalia starting February 1, 2022.    

Order Deadlines:  

  • Bachelor’s degree/Undergraduate, Full Time (Resident and Commuter) – order by February 28 

You will pick up regalia on campus in April at Cap & Gown Days.  There is no charge at time of order, as your regalia is included in your comprehensive fee.   

  • Bachelor’s degree/Undergraduate, Online, Part Time, Continuing Ed – order by April 1 

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 1 

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

 

REGALIA FAQs 

There is a helpful resource on the Build-A-Grad order website (above) that explains the difference between Bachelor’s and Master’s regalia.  It also answers FAQs about how to wear your regalia.  You will find it at the top right of the order website, under General Information.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions! 

 

DIPLOMAS 

Please note Exit Counseling and Student Account information below and contact the Registrar’s office with questions regarding diplomas not answered here.   

 

August and December 2021 graduates  

If you are attending commencement, you will receive your diploma by USPS mail once your academic and financial obligations have been met. Typically, this is about 8 weeks after your degree completion.  

You will receive your diploma cover on stage (with a letter from President Retelle in lieu of your diploma) at commencement. 

If you are not attending commencement, you will receive your diploma and diploma cover by USPS mail once your academic and financial obligations have been met.  Typically, this is about 8 weeks after your degree completion. 

 

May 2022 graduates 

If you are attending commencement, you will receive your diploma and diploma cover on stage if all academic and financial obligations have been met.  If these obligations have not been met, you will receive your diploma cover on stage with a letter from President Retelle in lieu of your diploma. 

 

If you are not attending commencement, you will receive your diploma and diploma cover by USPS mail once your academic and financial obligations have been met.  Typically, this is about 8 weeks after your degree completion.  

 

EXIT COUNSELING 

If you have federal student loans, you’ll need to complete Financial Aid Exit Counseling at https://studentaid.gov/ before you receive your diploma.  Please contact the Financial Aid office with any questions.   

 

STUDENT ACCOUNTS 

If you have an account balance, your diploma will be held until your account has been paid in full.  Please contact the Student Accounts office with any questions. 

 

LETTER OF COMPLETION/ OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT  

If you need a letter for confirmation of your degree completion (i.e. for an employer) before you receive your diploma, please go to https://annamaria.formstack.com/forms/completion_letter_request OR, you can request an official transcript here: https://tsorder.studentclearinghouse.org/school/select . 

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.

Professional Photos

Grad Images will be taking professional photos at each commencement ceremony. You will not need a code to access your photos – simply visit www.gradimages.com and search by name, school and year. If you pre-register at https://www.gradimages.com/registration you will receive a coupon for 20% off a $50 or more purchase. For questions, please contact their customer service at (800) 261-2576.

2022 Commencement Highlights