Commencement 2014
Frequently Asked Questions

When and where is Commencement?

The Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Hanover Theatre in Worcester, MA.

When are the mandatory Commencement meetings? 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 3:30 p.m., Leicester Campus, Daniels Hall;
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (nursing students only), 3:30 p.m., Health Sciences Building, Room 306-309;
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 3:30 p.m., Worcester Campus, Weller, Room 210

When will we receive our tickets?  

Undergraduate students will receive their tickets at the mandatory Commencement meetings on April 22, 23, and 24.

What if I cannot make the mandatory meeting?

Students can pick up their cap and gown at the Worcester or Leicester bookstores beginning April 25.

What if I need additional tickets?

The Commencement ceremony is a ticket-required event. Each graduate will be given 6 tickets for family members/friends.

There will be a limited number of additional tickets.  Graduates are asked to submit their name to a wait list to be considered for two additional tickets, which will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.  Students should contact Joyce.Erickson@becker.edu to be added to the ticket wait list.

How do I order my cap and gown? 

There is no need to order your cap and gown ahead of time. Cap and gowns will be available for pick-up during the mandatory Commencement meetings.

Where can we park?  Is there handicap parking?  

Click here for parking facilities located within one-half mile of the theatre.

Parking spaces immediately in front of the theatre and adjacent to the Federal Courthouse on Southbridge Street are reserved for vehicles displaying a handicapped parking permit. The police detail stationed in front of the theatre will be happy to assist you.

Who do we contact if we need handicap seating?

The Hanover Theatre has limited seating for guests with physical challenges.  All requests for special accommodation seating MUST go through Becker College.

Please contact joyce.erickson@becker.edu to discuss options and reserve seating. Please note: we are unable to accommodate large parties in accessible seating; your group may be separated at the event.

When will I receive the Commencement programs? 

Commencement programs will be distributed during the ceremony.

Will there be a photographer, or is there an area set aside where we can take photos?

There is a professional photographer present. Space is very limited near the stage, so for safety reasons we do not allow guests to leave their seats to take pictures.

Will there be flowers available to purchase?

No, not at the Hanover, but feel free to bring flowers for your graduate!

Where do I receive my honor tassel?

Students can pick up their honor tassel from the Registrar’s Office on the Worcester or Leicester campuses after April 15.

Do you have directions to the Hanover Theatre?

For directions to the Hanover Theatre, visit the Hanover website, or the Directions/Parking page on the Becker College website.

Do you have a list of hotels and restaurants?  

Visit our Information for Parents page for local hotels and restaurants.

Who is the Commencement speaker?

Information will be posted. 

Where do I go to line up? 

Graduates need to be at the Hanover Theater under the tents to line up at 10:00 a.m.

What are the Senior Week Activities, and when do they take place?

Finals end on May 7, with a make-up day of May 8, so there won’t be a “week” of activities. Special senior activities have been ongoing throughout the spring semester and are planned by Campus Activities and the senior class officers in SGA.

Click here for Commencement 2014 Activities.

Click here for Senior Send-Off Events.

Questions should be directed to Campus Activities, although information is always sent directly to the seniors by the class officers regarding these events.

When will my son/daughter receive their diploma? 

Diplomas will be mailed to the home address of the students who have completed all of their degree requirements and have no obligations to the College by June 25, 2014.

How will I know if I am graduating with honors? 

Honors designations for recognition at Commencement are determined using the cumulative grade point average (CGPA) earned at the end of the semester prior to the last semester of enrollment before graduation (associate degree program – typically third semester of full-time enrollment; bachelor’s degree program – typically 7th semester of full-time enrollment). CGPA requirements for honors are not rounded.

Bachelor Candidates:

3.50-3.69 Cum Laude                          3.70- 3.89 Magna Cum Laude                 3.9- 4.0 Summa Cum Laude

Associate Candidates

3.50- 3.70  Honors                               3.70- 3.89  High Honors                               3.9- 4.0 Highest Honors

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