Frequently Asked Commencement Questions

How do I know if I am eligible to graduate?

You must meet all academic 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 at 9:45 a.m.

Where do I purchase my cap and gown?

Caps, gowns, tassels, and hoods will be available at the Grad Fair. After the fair you may purchase 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.

Associate's $34.00 Cap, gown, and tassel
  $24.00 Hood
Bachelor's $34.00 Cap, gown, and tassel
  $24.00 Hood
Master's $39.00 Cap, gown, and tassel
  $27.00 Hood
Doctoral $51.00 Cap, gown, and tassel
  $41.00 Hood
  $94.00 Tam (deluxe)
  $40.00 Tam (economy)
DNP* $610.00 Gown
  $150.00 Hood
  $143.00 Tam (plush velvet or velveteen) with tassel
  $20.00 For initials embroidered on gown
Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies $34.00 Cap, gown, and tassel
  $29.00 Hood

* Deadline for DNP orders is March 13, 2015. It takes approximately 6-7 weeks for the DNP regalia to be shipped. Please order early.

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.

What is the Graduate Hooding Ceremony? (Tuesday, May 6, 2014, held under the Tent on the Great Lawn)

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.

What is the Baccalaureate Ceremony? (Friday, May 8, 2015)

The American Heritage Dictionary defines the “Baccalaureate” as the degree of bachelor conferred upon the graduates of most U.S. colleges and universities, or the farewell Address delivered in the form of a sermon to the graduating class.

The Baccalaureate service 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 college 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.

At Baccalaureate, the hood, which dates back to the Middle Ages, is bestowed upon each graduate identifying both the college and degree being conferred. Candidates for a bachelor’s degree need to report to the Casey Theatre (Fine Arts Center) no later than 2:30 p.m. sharp. Wear gown and carry hood (no cap). We recommend wearing black shoes.

What happens it if rains?

The Commencement ceremony, May 10, 2014 at 10 a.m., takes place under the tent on the Great Lawn, rain or shine. If necessary, please bring the appropriate rain gear.

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 College Hall, near Campus Police.

Where can I park?

Regis College parking management and enforcement will maximize campus parking.

The College will utilize all regular parking spaces in all parking lots on campus.

For on-campus parking, Regis College Campus Police, working with Weston Police Department to keep Wellesley Street open, 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 be available at the Weston High School, and transportation will be available to campus.

The front lawn near the Spellman Stamp Museum as well as the rear of the Museum and the side of the 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. 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.

Faculty Regalia

The faculty can now go online at the bookstore to rent their regalia. The deadline is April 4th.

Parking for Faculty and Staff

The Faculty and Staff have been once again 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 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. There is no need for a parking permit.

Office Hours

During academic semesters
Monday - Friday
9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Contact Information



College Hall 229

Mailing Address

Box 26
235 Wellesley St.
Weston, MA 02493

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