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Commencement 2018
Frequently Asked Questions

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?*

• Monday, April 9, 2018 from 11:30 to 12:30 a.m., Weller 210, Worcester (nursing students should attend this meeting based on specific nursing schedules)
• Tuesday, April 10, 2018, from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m., Daniels Hall, Leicester
• Wednesday, April 11, 2018, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Weller 210, Worcester

*All graduates, except Accelerated students, must attend one of the mandatory meetings. During that meeting, representatives from 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.  

What if I cannot attend a 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 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.

When will the honors convocation and grad finale be held?

All students who have achieved honors status at Commencement will be invited to the HONORS CONVOCATION to be held on the Leicester Campus of Becker College at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 4, followed by the GRAD FINALE, a reception for family and friends from 4:00-5:00 p.m. All graduating students, family, and friends are invited to GRAD FINALE.

How can I order a class ring?  

Class rings can be ordered through www.balfour.com.

When will we receive our tickets?  

Tickets are not required for Commencement 2018.  Students are allowed to invite unlimited guests to Commencement.

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 danielle.oconnell@becker.edu.

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.

Do you have directions to the DCU Center?

For directions to the DCU Center, visit the DCU 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?

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito.

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.

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