Elms College will hold is 91st commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

Honor Cords

Honor cords for undergraduate students will be available for pick-up both the week leading up to Commencement, and the morning of the ceremony.  Students who earn honor cords will be notified via email once all spring grades have been posted.  Students will then be able to come into the Registrar’s Office on the 1st floor of Berchman’s Hall on the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday before Commencement; no appointment is needed.  Honor cords will also be available for pick up on the morning of the Commencement ceremony outside as students are arriving and lining up.  If you have any questions, please email registrar@elms.edu.

Caps, Gowns and Hoods

If you have not ordered your regalia yet, please email the bookstore at bookstore@elms.edu and provide them with the following information:

  • First and Last Name
  • Height
  • Weight 
  • Are you receiving a Bachelor or Master Degree:

Regalia orders are due by March 28, 2022.   If you have any questions, please contact the bookstore at 413-265-2273.

Caps Decorating Guidelines

At Elms College, we hold all of our graduates in high esteem and recognize their achievements at Commencement. If you wish to decorate your graduation cap to wear at commencement, please remember to respect the historical and formal integrity of this event when decorating your caps.

Please take into consideration these guidelines set forth by the college when decorating your cap:

  • Please only decorate the flat, top area of the mortar board
  • Decorations must be flat on the surface of the cap and not raise above 1 inch off the surface of the mortar board
  • No hanging objects off the sides of the cap except for the tassel
  • No bells, horns or anything that makes noise
  • No fresh flowers, food, or living objects
  • No lighted objects
  • No battery operated objects
  • No obscenities, profanity, vulgarity or lewdness
  • Must not contain any advertisement, symbols, abbreviations, initials, words, slogans, patches, or pictures that refer to drugs, alcohol or weapons
  • Must not denote an affiliation with gangs or which advocate drug use, violence, illegal activity, or disruptive behavior which is detrimental to the safety and welfare of other students
  • No hate speech, intolerance or racist slogans
  • This list is not all inclusive. Elms College reserves the right to determine if a decoration is inappropriate

If you have a question about these guidelines or about the appropriateness of your decorated cap, please bring it to the attention of the Dean of Students Office, studentaffairs@elms.edu or 413-265-2210.

Receiving your Diploma


Don’t have your diploma yet?  For questions on how to obtain your diploma please email registrar@elms.edu directly for more information.

Photographs and Social Sharing

Was there any information under here that the previous Web Developer hid?   If there isn’t anything, I can find something to put here.

If there was info hid, it should talk about the company Grad Images coming to take pictures during the ceremony.   And probably information about a hashtag like #Elms2022.

Honor Cords

Honor Cords is a token consisting of twisted cords with tassels on either end.   Their wearing signifies specific academic achievement in an Elms College recognized academic honor group.

Undergraduate Honors Cords

Elms College is pleased to recognize and reward undergraduate students whose scholastic performance merits special attention. Academic honors are bestowed to encourage the pursuit of excellence and to reward academic achievement through public recognition by inclusion on the official transcript and on the diploma. In addition, students who have earned academic honors are entitled to wear an honor cord with their cap and gown regalia at Commencement to signify their achievement.

Honor cords are awarded to undergraduate students only, who will graduate with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. Honor cords are distributed by the Registrar’s Office. (Please note that these academic honor cords are separate from ‘honor society’ cords, which are not overseen by the Registrar’s Office.)

More than one cord may be worn at the same time, so if a graduating student would like to wear an academic honor cord from a previous college degree (whether graduate or undergraduate), the previous cord may be worn with permission from the Registrar’s Office. Please submit a request to the Registrar’s office, registrar@elms.edu, by April 15 for approval.

Honor Society Cords

Students are notified through email if they have met the qualifications to be inducted into an honor society. You may be notified that you are eligible for more than one honor society, what the cost would be and need to meet the deadlines set for responding to that email. Those being inducted will receive more information about receiving the honor society cord(s) by email. More than one cord may be worn at the same time, always under your hood.


A graduation stole is a decorative vestment worn by students who are members of college organizations for the purpose of recognizing association with an international group, a college registered sport, organization or club. A stole takes the form of a cloth scarf-like garment worn over the shoulders adorned with the colors of the organization or country of affiliation. Students may wear only one stole at commencement.

If you would like to order an Elms co-curricular stole to wear at commencement, please visit the following link: https://cart.silverscreendesign.com/elms/shop/home.  The deadline to order a stole is April 1, 2022.

You can also apply to wear a stole that is different than the Elms co-curricular stole by completing the following application Graduation Stole Application.  This stole will need to be approved by the Dean of Students and the Vice President of Academic Affairs.  Deadline for applying to wear a stole is April 1, 2022.  Students who submit a request will receive a response via their Elms College email address within approximately three weeks.   Please read guidelines listed on the application before submitting. 

If the request to wear the stole was denied, an appeal can be made to the Dean of Students Office in writing within three business days of receiving the denial. The appeal will be brought before the commencement committee for review at the next committee meeting after the denial is submitted.

The committee meets every other Friday during the spring semester. The committee must make a major decision with at least seven members present. A final decision will be communicated in writing via email to the student and/or organization advisor.

Gonfalon Carrier

Gonfalons are banners with the college seal and name that hang from a crossbar. They are to be carried by three chosen students before all the other graduates walk into the MassMutual and again when exiting the arena at the end of commencement. The Gonfalons will be carried by one graduate student, one undergraduate student and one off-campus student. The student is responsible for getting to the commencement by 8:30 a.m. to do a run through at the venue. There will also be one required training in early to mid-May in Veritas to also practice.

If this opportunity interests you, please fill out the following application to either apply or nominate someone who you think would be a good fit.

Nominate a gonfalon carrier. The deadline for nominating a gonfalon carrier is April 1, 2022.

Flag Carrier

The U.S. Flag carrier must be a graduating Elms College student who is also a veteran. At commencement, they will carry the U.S. Flag into the MassMutual arena at the start of the commencement processional. The student is responsible for getting to commencement by 8:30 a.m. in order to do a run through at the venue. There will also be one required training in early to mid-May in Veritas to also practice.

If you are interested in applying or nominating someone who you think would be a good fit, please fill out the following application for consideration. Please note that all veterans will need to submit a DD214 if you are applying to be a flag carrier.

Nominate a flag carrier.The deadline for nominating a flag carrier is April 1.