Graduate Commencement Event Information

Master’s Degree Ceremony


DCU Convention Center Grand Ballroom  (3rd Floor, 50 Foster St, Worcester, MA 01608)


Procession begins at 1:45PM, ceremony begins at 2:00PM

Commencement Speaker:    Carlos Santiago, Commissioner of the Department of Higher Education

DCU Diagram for Masters Ceremony


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.

Entering the DCU Center

All guests must enter the DCU Convention Center through the main entrance located on Major Taylor Blvd.

12:30PM Doors will open to the DCU Convention Center and Grand Ballroom
1:45PM Procession begins
2:00PM Master's Degree Commencement Ceremony begins (approximately 2 hours long)

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 guests 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. 

Event Seating

With the exception of seats that are reserved for participating faculty, alumni, graduates, and special guests of the University all seating will be considered open.

If you have a guest in a wheelchair or with specific needs that require seating considerations, please see an event staff member for assistance.  American Sign Language interpreters will be visible in all locations from projection monitors.


During the ceremony, access to the stage area for picture taking or video taping by guests will be prohibited.  A professional photographer will take individual photos of each graduate as they are hooded and a second photo will be taken as they shake hands with the President of the University. A third photo will be taken after they receive their diploma but before returning to their seat.  Graduates will receive a secure link to view their photos via email within 48-72 hours and also be mailed a paper copy of their proofs on an order form via US mail. The university will instruct graduates as to where to provide information to ensure they receive their proofs. Please note, everyone will be photographed and there is absolutely no obligation to purchase.