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Commencement Information 2018

 Information on deadlines and events relating to graduation

2018 Graduation Information 
Congratulations on your approaching commencement!

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The first step towards graduation is the Notification of Intent to Graduate Form.

It is the responsibility of every student who is approaching graduation to notify the Registrar's Office of the completion of all academic requirements. To do so, the student must complete the Intent to Graduate Form. These forms are also available at the Registrar's Office and must be submitted by the following deadlines.
Completion Date   Deadline
May 2018   December 1, 2017
August 2017   May 1, 2017
December 2017   September 1, 2017

Please select the right Intent to Graduate form to fill out.

Please note: You must have at least 114 credits to participate in the Commencement Ceremony and 120 credits to receive your diploma. If you have any questions about your eligibility to graduate, please contact your academic advisor for guidance.

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Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 12, 2018
10:00 a.m. - Graduating students must arrive no later than 9:00 a.m.!
The Hanover Theatre
554 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608 
(508) 831-0800

Reserved tickets are required for guests to attend Commencement. Tickets may be requested January 3 – March 23, 2018, at the link below. There is no charge for tickets, but seating is limited. Each graduate will receive up to 8 guest tickets. Tickets requests are assigned by date received and will be distributed in April. Requests for more tickets will be placed on a waiting list and distributed prior to graduation if available.

Click here for Commencement Tickets

There will be a live stream of the Commencement Ceremony on May 12th, beginning at 10 a.m. The link to access the live feed will be available the morning of Commencement.

Click here for a list of Restaurants in the area

Nursing Pinning

Friday, May 11, 2018
3:15 p.m.
Zecco Performing Arts Center
Anna Maria College

Tickets required - for more information, please contact Lisa Braunig at (508) 849-3285 or

Baccalaureate Mass / Hooding Ceremony

Friday, May 11, 2018
5:30 p.m. - Graduating students must line up in Foundress 117 by 5:00 p.m.
Fuller Activities Center
Anna Maria College

Commencement weekend starts with the Baccalaureate Mass and Hooding Ceremony. This ceremony combines a celebration of your academic success with the mission of the College through a celebration of Mass and the Hooding of the Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree Recipients. It is always a moving moment for the faculty member of your choice to place your hood upon you.

Bachelor’s Degree Recipients: To ensure your chosen faculty member will attend, click here for a Hooding Invitation.

Master’s Degree Recipients: Your program chair and faculty will be present to hood you (hooding invitation not necessary).

Robing for the Mass will be held in Foundress 117 on campus, all students must arrive by 5 p.m. All Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree students participating in the Baccalaureate Mass and Hooding Ceremony should wear your gowns and carry your hoods over your left arm, no caps will be worn.

Bachelor’s Degree students graduating with academic honors will receive your honor cords from the Registrar prior to Baccalaureate Mass and carry them with your hoods. Honor Society cords/medallions may be worn for Baccalaureate and Commencement (please see your society’s advisor for details).

Cap and Gown Orders
If you are planning on attending Commencement and/or Baccalaureate Mass, you will need to order your regalia online through our vendor’s website,

On January 1, 2018, the website will be open for orders. Please note the following deadlines:

Bachelor Students, Full-time only – order by March 1, 2018
You will pick up your regalia at the Bishop Flanagan Campus Center, March 20-21, 10 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Master, Continuing Education, CAGS and Online Students – order by April 22, 2018
You will receive your regalia at the address listed on your order form by the end of April 2018. If you do not receive your order, please call the University Cap and Gown Company at (978) 686-4566.

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Hickey at (508) 849-3388 or

International Guests
If you have International guests attending Commencement who require a letter of certification for their visa application, please complete the Request for Graduation Letter for International Guests and bring it to the Office of the Registrar. You will then receive a confirmation of your graduation to provide to your guests for their visa application.

Commencement Press Release Form
If you would like the College to inform your local newspaper of your graduation, please complete the Commencement Press Release Form.

Professional Photos
Commencement Photos, Inc. will be taking professional photos at Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement. All graduating students will receive a letter in the mail, two to three weeks before graduation, containing a unique ID # to use when ordering photos. If you do not receive your unique ID # by May 4, 2018, please call the photographer at (978) 851-5924, or visit To access the professional photos taken at Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement, please visit the website above.

Flowers will be available for sale in the Hanover Theatre Lobby prior to Commencement.