Information for Parents

Before Commencement

Do I need tickets under the tent for Commencement?

No, there are no tickets needed but seats are limited and are available on first-come, first-serve basis. Guests unable to sit under the tent will be directed to the Fine Arts Center, Student Center or College Hall Rm 202 where the ceremony will be broadcast live in high definition on a large screen. 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. Strollers, balloons and air horns are not allowed under the tent.

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 does my graduate pick up his/her 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 23, 2017 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Lower Student Center) for pick-up. The cost of undergraduate cap/gown/tassel and hood is included in the 2017 graduation fee. After the Grad Fair, your graduate may pick up regalia at the Bookstore during regular store hours.


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. Candidates for degrees must wear robes appropriate to their degree.

Will my graduate's picture be taken at Commencement?

Hockmeyer Studios/Essex Commencement Photos will be taking your graduate's 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 does my graduate receive his/her 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. After 30 days, all diplomas will be mailed to the address provided.

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 5, 2017 at 3:15 p.m. under the tent on the Great Lawn. 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

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 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 a.m.

Parking will only be available at the Weston High School located at 444 Wellesley Street, Weston, Pope St. John National Seminary located at 558 South Avenue, Weston, or Saint Demetrios, 57 Brown 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.

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

If you have handicapped or special needs guest(s) attending any Commencement event, please have your graduate 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. 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.

What happens it if rains?

The Commencement ceremony takes place rain or shine. Guests unable to be seated under the tent, will be directed to the Fine Arts Center, Student Center or College Hall Rm 202 where the ceremony will be broadcast live in high definition on a large screen.

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 6:00 a.m - 3:00 p.m.

What time will Commencement conclude?

Commencement exercises will conclude by approximately noon. A Commencement reception for all will follow outside 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.

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.


Satellite Parking Directions

Office Hours

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

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