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CommencementCommencement refers to the ceremony in which degrees or diplomas are conferred on graduating students.

This academic accomplishment is a milestone in your life, and the celebration should be equally memorable. Commencement isn't just an experience shared with peers, family, and friends, it's also a time for the University to acknowledge and admire your incredible accomplishment.

2019-20 Commencement Ceremonies

This academic year we observe our 123rd commencement exercises.

The winter commencement ceremony, where we will be conferring undergraduate and graduate degrees, will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20 at the Athletics and Recreation Center, 130 North St.

We are anticipating a record-setting crowd for the ceremony. To provide our guests a little extra room, we will be opening satellite viewing stations in Hammond Hall to watch the event. These areas will have live TV feeds of the ceremony and refreshments. The viewing areas will be ideal for guests who may prefer not to be in tight seating. If we do reach capacity at the Recreation Center, we will direct guests to these viewing areas. Please share this information with your friends and families.

Remember that our commencement ceremony will be streamed live online via Fitchburg Access Television, so family and friends can take part in the celebration in real time from wherever they are. The stream will be carried at Fitchburg Access Television.

Our spring semester graduate ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2020, at the Athletics and Recreation Center. The undergraduate ceremony will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 16, 2020, on the main quadrangle.