Commencement FAQs

How do I receive tickets for the Commencement Exercise?

  • Tickets will be available in April and graduates will be notified via email. Each graduate is required to pick up their tickets and invitations in person at the bookstore.

Are extra tickets available for Commencement?

  • Each graduate is given five tickets for the Commencement Exercises. If the ceremony is held outdoors there will be additional seating for non-ticket holders in the perimeter of the general seating area.  Extra tickets are not available for indoor seating due to building capacity and fire marshal regulations.
  • Guests are also invited to watch the ceremony on a large projection screen in Hemingway Theatre in the Duffy Academic Center and the McCarthy Auditorium in the Thomas and Donna May School of Arts and Sciences.

Are personalized announcements available?

  • Personalized graduation announcements are available through Jostens, Inc. for those who are interested. Please visit their website for ordering information:

What time should we arrive for the Commencement ceremony?

  • The ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m. and guests start arriving between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m.

Is there reserved seating?

  • Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Accommodations will be provided for guests with physical disabilities.

How do I go about making arrangements for accessible seating?

  • There will be a designated area for guests with physical disabilities. Please call Nancy Dunsing at 508-565-1311 or email by May 10th for assistance.

Where should we park?

  • Stonehill College campus police will direct all guests to the parking locations on campus. Due to the large volume of vehicles expected on campus it is strongly encouraged to car pool with family members if possible.

Where will the handicap parking be located?

  • Handicap parking will be available in the Duffy Academic Center parking lot. Please have the handicap decal visible in your car.  This lot will also serve as a drop off area. For safety, we do not allow vehicles to drop off guests in the roadway.

How long does the Commencement ceremony last?

  • The ceremony usually concludes by 12:30 p.m. If you are planning any post Commencement celebrations, such as an off campus luncheon or party, please allow additional time to exit the campus. Off campus food deliveries are not allowed due to traffic congestion. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on campus.

Will there be pictures and DVDs available?

  • Each graduate will be professionally photographed by Commencement Photos Inc. as he/she receives their diploma. Commencement Photos Inc. (phone – 978.851.5924) will be sending you information about placing orders.
  • The Commencement ceremony will be recorded by Stonehill College and DVDs can be ordered through Alumni Affairs at 508-565-1343.