Information for Families & Friends

Commencement celebrates the academic achievement of the Stonehill College Class of 2020 and recognizes the support and contributions of families, faculty and staff. We cordially invite you to attend and assist us in making this a weekend full of enjoyment!

Baccalaureate Mass

Graduates and their families are invited to attend the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 16, at 4:00 p.m. at the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex. Graduates do not march in procession for the Mass and no academic robes are worn for the occasion. Please plan to sit with your families and friends for this important part of the Commencement activities.

Commencement Eve Reception

Graduates, parents and friends are invited to attend the Commencement Eve Reception immediately following the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 16.  Tickets are not required. The event takes place at the May Pavilion Tent and is organized by the Office of Student  Engagement. A community-wide event celebrating the Class of 2020, the reception will include hors d'oeuvres and cocktails. Stonehill faculty and staff have also been invited to participate in this event as well. Please be sure to encourage your favorite professors to attend! Please contact the Office of Student Activities with any other questions at 508-565-1308.

If you and your family are going out to eat following the reception, please consider visiting a local area restaurant.

Commencement Exercises


Each graduate will receive five (5) tickets for the Commencement Exercises. There will be additional seating for non-ticket holders in the perimeter of the general seating area.  The 2020 Commencement Exercises is scheduled to take place outdoors on the Quad, even if light rain is falling. In case of heavy rain, the exercises will be held in the Sally Blair Ames Sports Complex. Only ticket holders are allowed for admission due to building capacity and fire marshal regulations.


Parking for graduates, families and guests will be in areas designated on the morning of graduation. Parking assistants will be on campus to direct you to available parking. Handicap parking will be available in the Duffy Academic Center parking lot. This lot is the closest parking to where the ceremony will take place. Please have the handicap decal visible in your car. This lot will also serve as a drop off area for those without a handicap decal. For safety, we do not allow vehicles to drop off guests in the roadway. Due to the large volume of vehicles expected on campus it is strongly encouraged to car pool with family members if possible.

Venue & Seating

The Commencement Exercises are scheduled to take place outdoors on the Quad, even if light rain is falling.  We do try to stay outdoors if at all possible and keep in mind that the ceremony is not held under a tent. Rain or shine, guests are also invited to watch the ceremony indoors on a projection screen in the Hemingway Theatre  in the Duffy Academic Center or the McCarthy Auditorium in the Thomas and Donna May School of Arts and Sciences.

Please plan to arrive early in order to avoid traffic congestion and to select good seating. Seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please understand that sections of the seating must be reserved for graduates, faculty, dignitaries, and the media.

Accessible Seating

Accessible seating will be available for guests with mobility difficulties or physical disabilities. Please contact Nancy Dunsing at 508-565-1311 or email no later than May 10th.


On Sunday morning, coffee and cold drinks will be available in the hospitality tent from 9:00 a.m. until the end of the ceremony.


On the day of Commencement, The Stonehill Chapel Choir will be selling flowers and snacks and all proceeds will benefit their ministry. Please consider purchasing from their booth, which will be located near the Clock Tower. Your support is greatly appreciated!

Graduation Announcements, Videos and Photographs

Personalized Announcements

Personalized graduation announcements are available through Jostens, Inc. for those who are interested. Orders can be placed through Jostens directly at


The Commencement Exercises will be videotaped in its entirety, as a service provided for the graduates by the Alumni Office. Seniors will receive ordering information prior to graduation.


Each graduate will be photographed as he or she receives a diploma cover. Commencement Photos, Inc. will be sending you information about their services in early April. You may visit their website at

Local Hotel Accommodations

  Hotel Address City Telephone
  Courtyard Marriott 35 Foxborough Boulevard Foxborough 508-543-5222
  Courtyard Marriott 200 Technology Center Drive Stoughton  781-297-7000
  Courtyard Marriott 37 Paramount Drive (Rte 44) Raynham  508-822-8383
  Hampton Inn & Suites 2 Foxborough Boulevard Foxborough 508-623-2555
  Holiday Inn 31 Hampshire Street Mansfield 508-339-2200
  Holiday Inn 700 Myles Standish Boulevard Taunton 508-823-0430
  Hyatt Place 50 Forbes Road Braintree 781-848-0600
  Marriott Residence Inn 275 Norwood Park South Norwood 781-278-9595
  Marriott Residence Inn 124 Liberty Street Brockton 508-583-3600
  Marriott Residence Inn 250 Foxborough Boulevard Foxborough 508-698-2800
  Marriott Residence Inn 2020 Pleasant Street Bridgewater 508-697-1412

Local Restaurants

Commencement season is a busy time for local restaurants. Students and families are encouraged to call ahead to see if reservations are taken. This is a partial listing. Many more restaurants are naturally located in Boston and Providence.

Easton and Brockton Area

  Restaurant Address Phone Website
  99 Restaurant & Pub 99 Belmont Street, Easton 508-238-2999
  Bertucci's Brick Oven Pizzeria 1285 Belmont Street, Brockton 508-584-3080
  Corfinio Restaurant 285 Washington Street, North Easton 508-238-2400
  Doyle's Bar & Grill 956 Washington Street, South Easton 508-238-9061
  El Mariachi 620 Washington St, South Easton 508-230-5900
  LaFamilia 520 Foundry Street, South Easton    
  George's Café 228 Belmont St, Brockton 508-588-4231
  Maguire's Bar & Grill 503 Foundry Street, Easton 508-230-8888
  Porticello Restaurant 454 Turnpike St, @ Rte 138 & 106, Easton 508-230-0220
  Stoneforge Grill 10 Roosevelt Circle, Easton 508-238-0550
  Texas Roadhouse 124 Westgate Drive, Brockton 508-427-6244
  Towneship 140 Main St., North Easton 508-894-2700
  Tutto Benne 1050 Pearl Street, Brockton 508-583-1515
  Yamato Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi 510 Westgate Drive, Brockton 508-588-8881

Stoughton and Randolph Area

  Restaurant Address Phone Website
  Amelia's 217 Washington St, Stoughton 781-886-6125
  Café Bella 19 Warren St, Randolph 781-961-7729
  The Chateau (Italian) 1165 Park Street, Route 27, Stoughton 781-341-2503
  Not Your Average Joe's 16 Mazzeo Dr, Randolph 781-961-7200
  Olive Garden 401 Technology Center Dr, Stoughton 781-297-5110

Raynham and Taunton Area

  Restaurant Address Phone Website
  Applebee's 800 Cape Highway (Route 44), Raynham 508-823-1126
  El Mariachi #44 Taunton Green, Taunton 508-821-5953
  LongHorn Steakhouse 800 US-44, Raynham 508-821-9246
  Stoneforge Tavern & Publick House 90 Paramount Drive, Raynham 508-977-9840


  Restaurant Address Phone Website
  Ecco Trattoria and Bar 1167 Main Street, Weymouth 781-335-5600
  Lime Leaf (Thai) 435 Columbian St #2, South Weymouth 339-499-5350


  Restaurant Address Phone Website
  Coriander Bistro (Indian) 5 Post Office Square, Sharon 781-784-2300

Mansfield and Norton Area

  Restaurant Address Phone Website
  The Chateau (Italian) 48 Bay Road, Norton 508-286-4050
  Cibo Matto Caffe 254 Chauncy St, Mansfield 508-339-9800
  Jimmy's Pub and Restaurant 141 North Main Street, Mansfield 508-339-7755
  Trattoria Della Nonna 160 N Main St, Mansfield 508-339-5432

Foxborough, Patriot Place

  Restaurant Address Phone Website
  Bar Louie 232 Patriots Place, Foxborough 508-623-1195
  CBS Sporting Club 200 Patriot Place, Foxborough 617-274-1746
  Davio's 236 Patriot Place, Foxborough 508-339-4810
  Olive Garden 392 Patriot Place, Foxborough 508-543-3967
  Saga Hibachi Steakhouse 295 Patriot Place, Foxborough 508-698-1888
  Skipjack's Seafood Restaurant 226 Patriot Place, Foxborough 508-543-2200
  Scorpion Bar a Mexican Cantina 253 Patriots Place, Foxborough 617-274-1745
  Studio 3 24 Patriots Place, Foxborough 508-543-1450
  Tavolino Pizza Gourmet 274 Patriot Place, Foxborough 508-543-6543

Quincy, South Shore Plaza

  Restaurant Address Phone Website
  99 Restaurant and Pub 250 Granite St, Braintree, MA 781-849-9902
  California Pizza Kitchen 250 Granite St, Braintree, MA 781-602-6149
  The Cheesecake Factory 250 Granite St, Braintree, MA 781-849-1001
  Davio's 250 Granite St, Braintree, MA 781-848-0200
  Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse 250 Granite St, Braintree, MA 781-380-4040
  Legal Seafoods 30 Forbes Road, Braintree 781-817-1292

Dedham, Legacy Place

  Restaurant Address Phone Website
  Aquitaine 950 Providence Highway 781-471-5212
  Legal C Bar 950 Providence Highway 781-234-6500
  Met Bar and Grill 950 Providence Highway 781-467-1234
  P.F. Chang's 950 Providence Highway 781-461-6060