UMass Moves Undergraduate Commencement to Friday Night

In case you missed it, UMass has decided to move its Undergraduate Commencement ceremony to Friday night, May 13.  The ceremony, which has usually taken place on Saturday mornings, will take place this year at 5 p.m. at the Warren T. McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

On Saturday,  schools and colleges will host senior recognition ceremonies,  an event that was instituted last year, but which took place on Saturday afternoon, after the morning Commencement ceremonies.

I enjoyed last year’s events, mainly because there was a break between the two events where I and other faculty members were able to mingle with graduating students and their parents.  Spreading the events over two days prevents hampers such mingling and raises the real question questions as to whether any students will show up Saturday after Friday night’s “celebrations.”

And, based upon what I’m hearing from students over the past several days, folks aren’t too happy with the switch.

Your thoughts?  Please weigh in on the poll below:


Saturday Update:

An e-mail to the university community outlined the Commencement schedule:

Friday, May 13, 2011

9:30 – 11:00 a.m.       Graduate Commencement at Mullins Center
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.       Air Force ROTC Commissioning at Bowker
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.       Army ROTC Commissioning at Bernie Dallas Room
12:00 noon              Phi Beta Kappa at the Campus Center Auditorium
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.       Stockbridge Commencement at Bowker Auditorium
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.        Commonwealth Honors College Celebration of
Excellence at Mullins Center
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.        University Undergraduate Commencement at
McGuirk Alumni Stadium

Saturday, May 14, 2011

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Management at Mullins Center
BDIC at Mahar Auditorium
Engineering at the Recreation Center
UWW & CPE at the Campus Center Auditorium
Public Health & Health Sciences at the Fine Arts Center

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.

Social & Behavioral Sciences at Mullins Center
Nursing at the Fine Arts Center
Fine Arts at the Recreation Center

4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Natural Sciences at Mullins Center
Humanities at the Recreation Center





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Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed three courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages -- using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He is also working with students on developing, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at He also edits part-time for with the NFL and college football network.
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One Response to UMass Moves Undergraduate Commencement to Friday Night

  1. Connie Griffin says:

    Steve, I finally sat down and read through your travel Blog for the Sri Lanka trip and really enjoyed it. Felt like we had a nice visit! Thanks for sharing your thoughts and observations in such an accessible manner. Loved the photo with the Monks–I swear that was Bill Clinton up there! Loved the story about you and Bill on the plane. What did HE say? He’s such a loquacious fellow, I cannot imagine him remaining silent–and with a look-alike, at that! -Connie

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