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Winter Ceremony:  Saturday January 31, 2015 (snow date:  February 7th)

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

Location:     Performing Arts Center, Dwight Hall

Commencement Speaker:     TBD 


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 Program 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.  Please note: graduate students should not order honors cords.  

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 508-626-4558.
  • 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.  The Village Green is located approximately one half mile from the Framingham State University Campus. A continuous shuttle bus will run between the University and the Village Green for anyone who wants a ride to the ceremony.  (Note:  In the event the Normal Hill parking lot is full, please park in Maynard Lot.)

Check-in:  Check-in will begin at 8:30am at the Maynard Building on Village Green.  A map showing the Maynard building can be found here.  You must check in by 9:00am 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: You will be handed a scroll on stage.  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 cross the platform. You will then be mailed a copy of your photo with an order form.

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