Baccalaureate Degree Candidates

Commencement Ceremony Participation

For the spring ceremony Undergraduate students must attend a mandatory rehearsal (generally held on the Thursday before Commencement). Participation in the Commencement ceremony does not constitute conferral of the degree. Similarly, inclusion of a student's name on such publications as the Commencement program does not confirm eligibility for the degree. Completion of a Baccalaureate Degree at Framingham State University requires that all students achieve a minimum 2.00 quality point average in their major requirements, including major-related course taken outside of the home department in fulfillment of major requirements as well as University requirements. Beginning with the Spring 2011 Commencement Ceremony, all students must complete all degree requirements in order to participate in Commencement ceremonies. Appeals of their requirement with regards to participation in the Spring Commencement ceremony may be made only on one of the following bases:

1) The student has no more than one (1) course remaining to complete degree requirements, has a minimum grade point average of 2.00, and has a highly extenuating, documented circumstance that would support a hardship exception to the requirement.


2) The student has no more than one (1) course remaining to complete degree requirements, has a minimum grade point average of 2.50, and can document that this coursework will likely be completed no later than August 31st following the spring commencement in which the student wishes to participate.

Students wishing to appeal on one of these bases must do so in writing (a link to the appeal form follows). The appeal must be accompanied by a printout of the student's degree audit and other appropriate documentation and submitted to the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Development no later than May 1st. Decisions on such appeals will be made within one week of their submittal and are final.

Commencement Participation Appeal Form.

All students who wish to participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony MUST attend the rehearsal held on Thursday, May 17, 2018. Check-in is at the Athletic Center Gymnasium unless otherwise noted.  Mark this date on your calendar and do not be late. If you do not attend rehearsal, you CANNOT participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony.  Exceptions will not be made.

Academic Regalia (Caps and Gowns)

Participation in the ceremony requires that a cap and gown be worn.  Oak Hall Cap and Gown will be on campus numerous times in the spring for you to receive your regalia, see dates below.  Please note that your $100 graduation fee covers the cost of the cap and gown, but if for some reason you are unable to pick up your cap and gown on any of the dates they are on campus, a shipping fee will apply, at your own expense. 

Students must be present to receive their regalia, and cannot be picked up by another individual.  All you will need to pick up your cap and gown on campus is your FSU Student ID.

Academic Regalia pick-up dates:

Graduation Fair - March 26, 2018
11:30am to 2:20pm

Day of Senior Investiture - April 23, 2018
10:30am to 1:30pm
Athletic Center Lobby

Day of Undergraduate Rehearsal - May 17, 2018
11:00am to 2:00pm
Athletic Center Lobby

*Students without academic regalia will not be allowed to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Academic Requirements

Degree Application:

All students are required to complete a formal degree application.  The Notice of Candidacy Form is available on line or from the Student Services Center, McCarthy Campus Center , Rm 515.

The University has four (4) graduation dates and the degree application must be submitted as follows:

      September 1st for the December 31st graduation date

      October 1st for the January 31st graduation date

      February 1st for the May graduation date

      May 1st for the August 31st graduation date

No student’s name may appear on the graduation list unless all financial debts to the University have been settled. Conferral of a degree occurs only when the Registrar finalizes the student’s academic record and confirms that all degree requirements have been met.

Please note that all students must complete all degree requirements prior to the ceremony in order to participate in Commencement. This includes having completed a minimum of 32 course-credits along with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in both the major and for the overall degree.

Course Residency Requirements

To complete the University course residency requirement, a minimum of eight (8) course credits (32 semester hours) must be taken at Framingham State University.

To complete a major requirement, a minimum of five (5) course credits (20 semester hours) in the major department must be taken at Framingham State University.

To complete a minor requirement, a minimum of three (3) course credits (12 semester) hours must be taken at Framingham State University.

Academic Honors

To be a candidate for graduation honors, a student must have completed all degree requirements and must have completed a minimum of sixteen (16) course-credits at Framingham State University. The baccalaureate degree is conferred with honors upon a student with a final cumulative point average of:

           Cum Laude: 3.25 - 3.59    
           Magna Cum Laude: 3.60 - 3.79
           Summa Cum Laude: 3.80 - 4.00

All students graduating with honors will receive a gold honor tassel.  Honor tassels will be distributed at the Commencement Rehearsal.

University Obligations

If you have any unresolved obligations such as library fees, student loan exit interviews, bills at the Business Office or residence hall damage, diplomas will be held until the obligation is resolved.  Take care to resolve these matters prior to the end of final exams.

Off-Campus Course Work

If you are taking a course at another college this semester you must have already submitted an Off-Campus Course Approval Form (prior to enrolling in the course) to the Office of the University Registrar.  It is your responsibility to make arrangements for an Official Transcript to be forwarded from that college to the Office of the University Registrar at Framingham State University. You may become ineligible to participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremony if grade confirmations are not received by (date TBD).

Class Rings/Invitations/Announcements

If you are interested in purchasing rings or announcements, you can contact the Jostens Company.  More information is on their website, They will also be on campus for the Graduation Fair.

Baccalaureate Degree Ceremony

Date:  Sunday, May 20, 2018
DCU Center Arena  (50 Foster St, Worcester, MA 01608)
Time:  Graduates must check in at 8 a.m. in the South Exhibition Hall via Door 1 & 2
Procession begins at 9:30AM, ceremony begins at 10:00AM
Commencement Speaker:     Yvonne Spicer, Mayor of Framingham

UG Ceremony DCU Diagram


The DCU Center does not own or operate parking facilities but there are several garages and flat lots located within walking distance of the Arena and Convention Center. Below is a list of those closest for your convenience:

•    Mercantile Center Garage: 201 Commercial St.
•    Major Taylor Blvd. Municipal Garage: 30 Major Taylor Blvd.
•    Dwight Foster Parking: 27 Waldo St.
•    Exchange Street Parking: 10 Exchange St.
•    First American Realty Parking: 100 MLK Jr. Blvd. (formerly Central St.)
•    Pearl-Elm Municipal Garage: 20 Pearl St.
•    Worcester Common Garage: Eaton Place 

Parking prices vary depending upon the event and time spent in garage.

Ample amounts of handicapped accessible parking spaces are located around the facility at designated areas.  Legal placards are required to park in these spaces.

Security Restrictions 

To ensure the safety and comfort of all guests attending events at the DCU Center, event attendees may be subject to a search upon entering the facility. Please note that any graduates with prohibited articles will be turned away at the entrances.

  • Any bags measuring greater than 14" X 16" will NOT be permitted into the arena.  Diaper bags will be allowed and will be searched.
  • Firearms, explosives, pepper spray, or other weapons.
  • Thermoses, coolers, or other liquid containers except in cases of medical need, as certified by a physician.
  • Helium balloons, laser pens, artificial noisemakers, air horns, or megaphones.
  • Large signs, flags, poles, banners, or laser pointers.
  • Promotional items with commercial slogans or identifications.
  • Outside food and beverages are not allowed into the Arena or Convention Center.
  • Alcoholic beverages, drugs, or illegal substances.
  • Non-service animals.
  • Drones.
  • Backpacks, knapsacks, luggage, parcels, briefcases, tablets and like articles.


During the ceremony, access to the stage area for picture taking or video taping by guests will be prohibited.  A professional photographer will take an individual photo of you and another one as you shake hands with the President of the University. You will receive a secure link to view your photos via email within 48-72 hours and also be mailed a paper copy of your proofs on an order form via US mail. The university will instruct you as to where you will provide your information to ensure you receive your proofs. Please note, everyone will be photographed and there is absolutely no obligation to purchase.

Please be sure to share the following link with your family and friends who plan on attending the ceremony.