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Information for Students
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 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.
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 23, 2017 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Lower Student Center) for pick-up. The cost of cap/gown/tassel and hood are included in your 2017 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 2017 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.
Deadline for EdD and DNP orders is March 13, 2017. It takes approximately 6-7 weeks for the DNP regalia to be shipped. Please order early.
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. 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?
Students are to report to their assigned classrooms in College Hall no later than 9:45 a.m on Thursday, May 4, 2017. Your room assignments will be posted. Commencement rehearsal is mandatory and will take place rain or shine.
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.
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.
What happens it if rains?
The Commencement ceremony takes place under the tent on the Great Lawn, rain or shine. The ceremony will be streaming live in College Hall room 202, the Fine Arts Center room 301, and the Student Center.
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.
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.
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, Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary and Saint Demetrios Church, and make your way to the tent on the Great Lawn on foot or via the free shuttle buses. In order to be on campus and ready for the procession, it is recommended that you arrive to one of the off-site parking locations no later than 8:15 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, 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.
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 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.
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 "Information Questionnaire" form. If you have any questions, please contact The Center for Student Services directly at 781-768-7270.
I cannot get to Regis on Saturday, can I still follow the ceremony?
Yes, Commencement will be streaming live on our web site.