Graduate Commencement Event Information

Master’s Degree Ceremony

Location:  DCU Center Grand Ballroom  (50 Foster St, Worcester, MA 01608)
Time:  Procession begins at 1:30PM, ceremony begins at 2:00PM
Graduates must check in at 12:30 p.m. in meeting room C/D
Commencement Speaker:    TBD


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.

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, he/she can opt to sit in accessible seating areas as designated by the DCU Center.  One family member will be allowed to accompany that individual in the accessible seating area, in order to maximize seating opportunities for all guests and attendees.  American Sign Language interpreters will be visible in all locations from projection monitors.

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. 

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 you are hooded and a second photo will be taken as you shake hands with the President of the University. A third photo will be taken after you receive your diploma but before returning to your seat.  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.