64 William Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Campus Center West, First Floor
964 Main Street
Leicester, MA 01524
When and where is Commencement?
The Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.
When are the mandatory Commencement meetings?
Commencement meetings are mandatory for all students except Accelerated students. During the final meeting, representatives from all the offices involved in Commencement will be on hand to distribute caps and gowns, give final instructions, and answer any questions. All students MUST complete the Senior Exit survey prior to receiving their cap and gown.
When will we receive our tickets?
Tickets are not required for Commencement 2018. Students are allowed unlimited guests to Commencement.
What if I cannot make the mandatory meeting?
Students will be able to pick up their cap and gown at the Worcester or Leicester bookstores. All students MUST complete the Senior Exit survey prior to receiving their cap and gown.
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?
Major Taylor Blvd. Municipal Garage – 30 Major Taylor Blvd. on the corner of Major Taylor Blvd. and MLK Jr. Blvd. (formerly Central St.) off of exit 16 from Rt. 290. For more information, please call 508-792-0314.
Commercial Street Garage – 201 Commercial St. – 508-791-7689
Dwight Foster Parking – 27 Waldo St. – 508-757-2703
Exchange Street Parking – 10 Exchange St. – 508-791-8586
First American Realty Parking – 100 MLK Jr. Blvd. (formerly Central St.) – 508-798-8844
Pearl-Elm Municipal Garage – 20 Pearl St. – 508-799-1463
Parking prices vary depending upon the event and time spent in garage.
Accessible Parking spaces are located around the facility at designated areas. Daily parking rates are in effect.
Who do we contact if we need handicap seating?
On the advice of the DCU Center, guests with physical challenges can be dropped off at door #13 and will be assisted upon arrival by ushers to appropriate seating. Only specific requests for accommodating a family member in a wheelchair need to e-mail their request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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?
A professional photographer has been hired for the Commencement ceremony; each graduate will be photographed receiving his or her diploma. Your family will receive information directly from the photographer about purchasing the photos. Please advise your guests that the aisles must be kept clear during the ceremony and no one, except for college personnel and the photographers who have been officially hired for this event, will be allowed near the stage. The ceremony will be videotaped and then posted on the College’s website sometime after the event, and a press release will be sent to your hometown newspaper.
Will there be flowers available to purchase?
Yes, flowers are available for purchase. Please 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 campus after April 15.
Do you have directions to the DCU Center?
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?
This information will be posted soon!
Where do I go to line up?
Graduates need to be at the DCU to line up no later than 9:00 a.m. Students should enter Door 1 or Door 2 and proceed to the South Hall for line up.
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.
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.
3.50-3.69 Cum Laude 3.70- 3.89 Magna Cum Laude 3.9- 4.0 Summa Cum Laude
3.50- 3.70 Honors 3.70- 3.89 High Honors 3.9- 4.0 Highest Honors