Elms College will hold its 89th commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 9:30 a.m. The ceremony will take place at the Mass Mutual Center located on 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103.

If you have general commencement inquiries or questions, please email or call 413-265-2210.

2020 Commencement Schedule

Sunday March 29, 2020Honor’s Convocation and Honor Society Induction Ceremony5 p.m.Veritas Auditorium and Alumnae Library
Tuesday, May 12Graduate and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony6 p.m.Veritas Auditorium
Wednesday, May 13Baccalaureate Nursing Ceremony6 p.m.Veritas Auditorium
Friday, May 15Social Sciences Senior Reception3:30 p.m.Dining Room Annex, Dooley College Center
Friday, May 15Baccalaureate Mass and Undergraduate Student Hooding Ceremony (followed by reception)5:30 p.m.Veritas Auditorium
Saturday, May 16Commencement10 a.m.Mass Mutual Center

Information for Students

For detailed information for students click here.


If you have not already ordered a cap and gown, you should do so in the Elms College Bookstore, located on the lower level of the College Center. For any questions, please call 413-594-5500 or visit their website. March 31 is the deadline to order.

Please note that the commencement fee includes your regalia (cap, gown and hood).

This applies to all undergraduate and graduate students.

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students will be able to rent or purchase their regalia as coordinated through the DNP Program. Questions, please contact DNP Program Director, Teresa K. Reske at or 413-265-2355.

Information for Family and Guests

Guests may enter the MassMutual Center (located on Bruce Landon Way between Main St. and Dwight St.) beginning at 8:30 a.m. The Academic Procession and ceremony will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. No tickets are needed.   The event is general admission, arena seating.

Graduates and their families are invited to share their social media photos using the hashtag #Elms2020. Be sure to follow @elmscollege on Instagram and Twitter. Photos taken by Elms College staff during these events will be posted on the Elms College Facebook page as soon as they are available.

During Commencement, a professional photographer from Commencement Photos will be taking a picture of each student as they are handed their diploma. In the weeks after commencement, Commencement Photos will be contacting you and your family to be able to purchase these photos.

Information for Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Staff should arrive at the MassMutual Center located at 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103 by 9:00 a.m. Parking is available in the parking garage for a fee or there may be free on street parking.  Faculty and Staff in academic regalia will process into the arena beginning promptly at 9:30 a.m.

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