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

Arrival Information

  • Arrive at MassMutual Convention Center- 1277 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103 no later than 8:00 a.m.  Use the entrance that is located on the corner of Main Street and Bruce Landon Way. 
  • Please know that the “World’s Largest Pancake Breakfast” will be happening on the morning of commencement.  Expect travel delays and plan accordingly. 
  • Students will be directed to Exhibition Hall A (“staging area”) where you will check-in. 
  • In the staging area you will robe with your gown, cap and hood
  • Staff and Faculty will direct you where to line up.
  • There is no secure storage for valuables. Do NOT leave any valuables in the staging area.   It is preferable to not bring large bags or purses.
  • Turn off your cell phone or set to vibrate once ceremony begins.
  • Tassels go on the right
  • Remember to take your name card with you, which you will receive in the staging area.

You will enter the arena in alphabetical single file by degree: AA-BA-BS-MAAT-MAT-MBA-MED-MS-MSN-MSN/MBA Dual Degree- CAGS-DNP

Graduates and their families are invited to share their social media photos using the hashtag #Elms2022. 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.

Accessibility Arrangements:

  • Students, family and friends attending graduation events that may require accessibility related accommodations should contact Tiffani Ashline, Director of Student Accommodations and Support Services, directly at 413-265-2333 or ashlinet@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:

Bookstore hours:

  • Monday, May 2nd – Friday, May 6th : 10am – 4pm
  • Monday, May 9th: 10am – 5pm
  • Tuesday, May 10th: 10am – 6pm
  • Wednesday, May 11th: 10am – 6pm
  • Thursday, May 12th: 10am – 5pm
  • Friday, May 13th: 10am – 6pm
  • Saturday, May 14th – CLOSED

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

DECEMBER 2021 AND MAY 2022 GRADUATES

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

The photography company Grad Images will be taking pictures during the ceremony.
When posting your images to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter please use the tag #Elms2022

Stoles

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.

We're sorry, the deadline to order a stole has passed

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.