Date: Friday, May 17, 2013
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: S. Peter Volpe Athletic Complex
Congratulations graduates, parents and families. Commencement will arrive quickly, and this page is intended to provide you with information you will need as you make preparations to attend Merrimack College’s 63rd Commencement. Please bookmark this page so that you may refer to it in the coming weeks.
Diplomas have been ordered. If you do not plan to attend graduation, your diploma will be available in the Office of the Registrar after graduation.
Students who are participating in commencement but have not completed their coursework will receive their diploma following completion of their coursework and according to the Registrar’s distribution schedule.
Final Grade Report
You may view your grades on MyMack as soon as they are available.
Caps and Gowns
Caps & gowns for all graduate students will be distributed during the week of May 4, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Graduate Education Programs office, Austin Hall room 227. Call 978-837-5436 to arrange a pickup time if after hours.
Caps, gowns, and hoods must be returned to the S. Peter Volpe Athletic Complex immediately following Commencement. Please take all photos before the ceremony and remember to keep the tassel and Alumni pin as a memento.
A professional photographer will take pictures of each student receiving his/her diploma. Essex Commencement Photos will contact you with details. Questions, please contact the Office of Conference and Events 978-837-5389.
Graduate admission tickets for all graduate students will be distributed the week of May 6, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Graduate Education Programs office, Austin Hall room 227. All students must present a valid photo ID and sign for their tickets. You may not pick up tickets for other students, and tickets will not be mailed.
Graduate students will be allotted a total of four (4) tickets. Students seeking additional tickets should speak to their classmates.
Many students will not use all of their tickets and we encourage them to distribute extra tickets among their fellow graduates.
If you are unable to pick up your tickets the week of May 6, 2013, please stop by the Graduate Education Programs office, Austin Hall room 227.
Graduate students who completed their requirements during the fall semester and are no longer on campus are asked to contact Ann Scanlon in the Graduate Education Programs office at 978-837-5436.
Attendance Policy/Safety Regulations
Individuals seeking admittance to the S. Peter Volpe Athletic Complex will be required to present a Commencement Admission Ticket. No exceptions will be made to this policy. Please distribute tickets to all attendees in your group before arriving on campus.
The College has implemented several policies designed to ensure the continued safety of our community. Guests will be permitted to bring small cameras, small purses or other small bags into the venue. Backpacks and other large bags will not be permitted into the arena for either graduation. Guests are urged to arrive early and to limit the items they bring with them. The College reserves the right to search any bag or parcel brought into the facility.
We ask for your cooperation in making this occasion a memorable one, and request that you do not bring alcohol (including champagne), beach balls, air horns, balloons, etc. to the ceremony. Inappropriate items will be confiscated at the door.
Fire codes prohibit guests from standing in the aisles in the S. Peter Volpe Athletic Complex. Family photographers are asked to stay behind stanchions. Please remember to be considerate of those seated behind you while you are taking your photos.
Parking is limited. Police Services will be on campus throughout the weekend to direct you and your guests to appropriate parking areas.
Handicap Parking/Other Accommodations
Please contact Merrimack College Police Services for information on how to obtain a handicap area parking pass for the Commencement ceremony at 978-837-5152. Those guests who are parking in the handicap area should plan to arrive before 5:30 p.m. to utilize the entrance closest to the parking lot. After 6:00 p.m., all guests must use the main entrance to the Rogers Center for the Arts.
If you require a sign language interpreter, please contact the Office of Conference and Events 978-837-5389 by April 22, 2013.
Hotels and Restaurants
Please feel free to contact the Office of Conference and Events 978-837-5389. For direction regarding change of plans due to weather on the day of Commencement call the Weather Emergency Information Line 978-837-5700.