Frequently Asked Commencement Questions

How do I know if I am eligible to graduate?

You must meet all academic and financial requirements. Please check with your advisor if you have any questions. You must be financially cleared to graduate.

Do I need tickets for Commencement?

No, there are no tickets needed. You may invite as many guests as you wish to the Commencement ceremony, but seats are limited and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. All guests should be seated by 9:15 a.m. for the start of the academic procession which begins promptly at 9:45 a.m.

Graduation Announcements/Invitations

Personalized graduation announcements/invitations are available through Jostens, Inc. for those who are interested. Orders can be placed through Jostens directly at Graduation Announcements and Class Rings.

Where do I pick up my Regalia (cap and gown)?

Any student who wishes to participate in the Commencement Ceremony will be required to wear proper regalia. Regalia (caps, gowns, tassels, and hoods) will be available at the Grad Fair (March 15, 2016 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m - 6 p.m. at the Lower Student Union) for pick-up. The cost of cap/gown/tassel and hood are included in your 2016 graduation fee.* After the Grad Fair, you may pick up regalia at the Bookstore during regular store hours. To provide you with the correct gown and hood set, the Regis College Bookstore will need to know the degree you will be receiving and your height. The Bookstore can be contacted directly at 781-768-8119 if you have any questions.

*The cost of regalia for DNP and EdD students is not included in the 2016 graduation fee. DNP and EdD students must order their regalia through the bookstore. Please find the appropriate order form below and bring it to the bookstore as soon as possible for processing.

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Nursing Doctor with crest

Deadline for EdD and DNP orders is March 14, 2016. It takes approximately 6-7 weeks for the DNP regalia to be shipped. Please order early.

Academic Ceremony

Academic ceremonies, including Commencement, are important to the history and tradition of Regis. Graduates who have specific academic achievements may wear a ceremonial medal, honor cord, or stole bestowed upon them by Regis. Shoes and other articles of clothing worn by graduates should be of dark colors that harmonize with the academic costume. We recommend wearing light clothing under your regalia. Candidates for degrees must wear robes appropriate to their degree.

Faculty Regalia

The faculty can now go online and order their regalia. The deadline to order is April 1st.

Will my picture be taken at Commencement?

Hockmeyer Studios/Essex Commencement Photos will be taking your picture at Commencement. They may be contacted at 978-388-9832. Family members are not allowed access to the stage to take individual photos.

How do I receive my diploma?

Diplomas can be picked up immediately following the Commencement ceremony. Diplomas will be available for pick up until 2 p.m. in the College Hall Foyer. Please note we will not issue diplomas prior to the end of the Commencement ceremony. If you are unable to pick up your diploma following the ceremony, please come to the Center for Student Services during normal business hours. After 30 days, all diplomas will be mailed to the address provided.

On the day of Commencement, when should I arrive on campus?

All graduating students must arrive on campus by 9 a.m. and signs indicating your assembly location will be posted in College Hall. Procession begins promptly at 9:45 a.m.

What is the Graduate Hooding Ceremony?

Master’s hoods are conferred at the Graduate Hooding Ceremony. The hood identifies both the College and the degree being conferred. This ceremony honors our master’s degree recipients and is an opportunity for celebration with graduates, faculty, family and friends. Hoods are then worn during the Commencement exercises.

The Graduate Hooding Ceremony will take place under the tent on the Great Lawn on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. 

What is the Baccalaureate Ceremony?

The Baccalaureate ceremony celebrates the completion of an undergraduate academic career and is usually a time to recognize formally the achievements of students who have earned academic excellence. Hence the bestowal of awards.

Besides recognizing achievement, the Baccalaureate marks a joyous occasion for the whole community. As a Catholic university sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston, Regis has always celebrated the Baccalaureate with a special liturgy in order to give thanks and praise to God, to honor our spiritual legacy, and to rejoice with one another. All are welcome to attend.

The Baccalaureate Ceremony will take place on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. under the tent on the Great Lawn. Candidates for a bachelor’s degree need to report to the Sullivan Theater (Black Box) in the Fine Arts Center no later than 2:30 p.m. for instructions and procession line. Wear your gown and carry the hood (no cap). We recommend wearing black shoes. Families are invited to proceed directly to the tent.

Please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 781-768-7050 if you have any questions.

Is Baccalaureate being filmed? Can I get a copy?

Baccalaureate will be recorded. It will be available for viewing and download from the Commencement web page and on Regis' Vimeo channel.

Commencement Ceremony

Commencement Rehearsal

Students are to report to their assigned classrooms in College Hall no later than 9:45 a.m on Thursday, May 5, 2016. Your room assignments will be posted. Commencement rehearsal is mandatory and will take place rain or shine.

What happens it if rains?

The Commencement ceremony takes place under the tent on the Great Lawn, rain or shine. If necessary, please bring the appropriate rain gear. The ceremony will be streaming in College Hall room 202 and Fine Arts Center room 301 for anyone who needs to get out of the elements.

Where can I get some water or buy something to eat or drink?

Water and coffee stands are located around the perimeter of the Commencement tent. Dunkin Donuts, located in the library, is also open from 6:00am - 3:00pm.

One of my guests is handicapped. What should I do?

If you have handicapped or special needs guest(s) attending any Commencement event, please complete a Special Needs Request Form (available in the Office of Campus Police located in College Hall 102, 781-768-7111), and return it to Campus Police to discuss his/her needs. Special provisions will be available only to those who contact Campus Police.

I am unable to attend Commencement. How will I get my diploma?

Your diploma will be mailed to you at the address you provided on the “Information Questionnaire” form. If you have any questions, please contact The Center for Student Services directly at 781-768-7270.

What time will Commencement conclude?

Commencement exercises will conclude by approximately noon. A Commencement reception for all will follow outside the Science Building, weather permitting. Come take some final pictures and enjoy some sweets before leaving campus. If the weather is inclement, the reception will be moved indoors.

Travel to campus and where can I park?

Travel to Regis on Commencement morning can be extremely slow because of heavy traffic. Ample time should be allowed to reach the campus, park at the designated lots at Weston High School, and make your way to the tent on the Great Lawn on foot or via the free shuttle buses. To be in your seats by the start of the academic procession at 9:45 a.m., we recommend that you arrive at the satelite parking areas no later than 8:00 a.m.

The College will utilize all regular parking spaces in all parking lots on campus. Please be advised that parking on campus is very limited. Working with Weston Police Department to keep Wellesley Street open, Regis Campus Police will direct all vehicles to the Main Entrance or to the Spellman Stamp Museum Entrance. Once all parking has been utilized on campus, parking will only be available at the Weston High School located at 444 Wellesley Street, Weston. Shuttle buses are available for transportation to and from campus, from 7:30 a.m through 1:30 p.m. The rear and side of the Spellman Stamp Museum will all be used for temporary Commencement Parking.

On-campus shuttle service will be available by trolley busses, mini-coaches, passenger vans and golf carts. On-campus shuttle service will run from campus sites and not along Wellesley Street.

Special needs guests should enter via the Spellman Stamp Museum, preferably before 9:20 a.m. and may be dropped off at the Commencement Tent.

Parking for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and staff are requested to park at the Weston High School when coming to Regis on the day of Commencement. There will be a shuttle bus to take you to back and forth to campus from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. There is no need for a parking permit.

I cannot get to Regis on Saturday, can I still follow the ceremony?

Yes, Commencement will be streaming live on our web site.

Is Commencement being filmed? Can I get a copy?

Commencement will be recorded. It will be available for viewing and download from the Commencement web page and on Regis' Vimeo channel.

Office Hours

During academic semesters
Monday - Friday
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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