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Spring Ceremony:  Sunday May 17, 2015 

Master’s Degree Ceremony will commence at 10:00am

Location:     Village Green, Framingham Centre

Commencement Speaker:     TBD


Please fill out the Graduate Candidacy for Graduation/Comprehensive Exam Form (found here) and return it to the Office of Graduate Studies in Dwight Hall, Room 204 or mail the form with your check to the address listed.  Please contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy at should you have any questions.

Rehearsal: There is no rehearsal for the Graduate Commencement.



The following items are prohibited:

  • Large bags, back-packs, wrapped gifts, briefcases.
  • Firearms, explosives, pepper spray, or other weapons.
  • Thermoses, coolers, or other liquid containers except in cases of medical need, as certified by a physician.
  • Artificial noisemakers, air horns, or megaphones.
  • Large signs, flags, poles, banners, or laser pointers.
  • Promotional items with commercial slogans or identifications.
  • Food or drinks.
  • Alcoholic beverages, drugs, or illegal substances.

 Handbags and purses of normal size will be allowed, but are subject to visual inspection upon entry.

 Guests may be subject to search of their person and/or possessions.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Guest Accommodations: Seating will be on a first come, first served basis.  If you or a guest requires a special accommodation, please contact Ms. Kimberly Hardy, Graduate Studies Administrative Assistant, at

Caps and gowns: All Students must appear in full academic regalia in order to participate in the ceremony. The cost is approximately $26.00. All orders can be placed online, and your cap and gown will be mailed to your home.  Please order your cap and gown at your earliest convenience, allowing at least two weeks prior to the ceremony for delivery.  

To order your cap and gown visit                            You will need the following information to place your order:

  • School ID - 00385
  • Student ID - This is the number on your student ID. If you do not know your student ID number, call our main office at 508-626-4014.
  • Email Address

On Commencement Day, please wear your cap and gown.  Mortar boards should be worn squarely on the head (not tilting backwards) and your tassel should be on the left.   You will carry your hood, draped over your left arm, into the ceremony as you proceed in, you will be hooded by your Program Coordinator before you cross the stage to get your diploma.

Parking: Graduate and guest parking will be in the Normal Hill Parking Lot and the Parking Deck behind the library. To access the lot, take North University Way.   (Note:  In the event the Normal Hill parking lot is full, please park in Maynard Lot.)

Check-in:  Check-in will begin at 9:00am sharp in the Aerobics Room on the second floor of the Athletic Center, Dwight Hall.  You must check in by 9:20am in order to participate in the ceremony.  Please arrive promptly! Students will be lined up at 9:30am for the procession. The Commencement Ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 am.

Hooding: Graduate Program Coordinators will formally place the master's hood on each graduate before you cross the stage.

Diplomas: When you step down from the stage, you will be handed your diploma.

Photos: A professional photographer will take individual photos of each graduate as you shake hands with the President of the University. You will then be mailed a copy of your photo with an order form.

Reception:  Immediately following Commencement, there will be a reception for students, family and friends in the "New Gym", located in the Athletic Center.  We sincerely hope you will join us as we have a special gift for each graduate.

A note about participation: Prior to graduation, you must have satisfied degree requirements and any outstanding debts to the University. Financial aid recipients must complete an exit interview. Students with Perkins Loans are notified by mail of the exit interview dates. Students with Stafford Loans and No-Interest Loans must contact Ms. Traci Hickey in the Financial Aid Office, McCarthy Center, 508-626-4536, to make sure all paperwork is complete.

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220