Dear members of the Class of 2021,

Thank you so much for your terrific response to our recent survey regarding your preference for an in-person or virtual Commencement ceremony.

The consensus was that the majority of you wish to celebrate your academic achievement with an in-person ceremony, preferably one held outside that follows recommended safety precautions.

Commencement is still months away, but I wanted to let you know that we heard you, and we are currently navigating the logistics of holding an in-person ceremony — or ceremonies — depending on state guidelines in effect at that time.

We are still in the early phases of planning, but I wanted to let you know that we are committed to helping you celebrate your milestone achievement. Stay tuned for more information as our plans, and recommended health and safety protocols, continue to evolve over the next few weeks.

Thank you,

Teresa Winters,
Dean of Students

Saturday, May 15, 2021: Doors open at 8:30 a.m. Academic Procession begins at 9:30 a.m. Ceremonies begin promptly at 10 a.m.

Travel Resources

Directions to the MassMutual Center can be found here.


MassMutual Center
1277 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103

Guests may enter the MassMutual Center (located on Bruce Landon Way between Main St. and Dwight St.) beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Accessibility Arrangements:

  • An interpreter for those who are hearing-impaired will be part of the commencement ceremony.
  • Graduating students attending the commencement ceremony or any other Elms sponsored event that may require accessibility related accommodations should contact Hillary Gregory to discuss the necessary arrangements no later than April 1, 2021.
  • Family and friends attending graduation events that may require accessibility related accommodations should contact Hillary Gregory, Director of Student Accommodations and Support Services, directly at 413-265-2333 or
  • The MassMutual Center has reserved seating sections available for individuals who use wheelchairs or who have mobility challenges. The spaces are limited, so please plan accordingly. A MassMutual attendant may be able to assist you in locating these sections and may be able to assist any person in need of mobility support, including escorting guests to accessible seating areas.
  • The MassMutual Center offers drop-off and pick-up areas at the Box Office entrance on the corner of Bruce Landon Way and Main Street for guests requiring mobility assistance.
  • If you have specific accommodation needs not listed above nor on the MassMutual Center Accessibility link, please contact Hillary Gregory at 413-265-2333 or

Local Hotel Information

Hampton Inn
600 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA 01020

Comfort Inn & Suites
106 Capital Drive
West Springfield, MA 01089

Residence Inn
64 Border Way
West Springfield, MA 01089

Naomi’s Inn Bed & Breakfast
20 Springfield Street
Springfield, MA 01107

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place
1 Monarch Place
Springfield, MA 01144

Springfield Marriott
2 Boland Way
Springfield, MA 01103

Hilton Garden Inn
800 Hall of Fame Avenue
Springfield, MA

Homewood Suites
375 Whitney Avenue
Holyoke, MA 01040

Marriott Residence Inn
500 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA