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Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Clearance for Graduation and Confirmation of Attendance |Commencement HonoreesAcademic Honors | Caps and Gowns | Hood Color by Division | Commencement Ceremony Schedule | Senior Activities | President's Reception | Diplomas | Parking | AmenitiesInclement Weather Plan | Graduates and Guests With Disabilities | Photographs & DVDs | Campus Buildings and Services | Important Contact Information

When: Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m.
Where: Main Quadrangle

Clearance for Graduation and Confirmation of Attendance

To confirm you have been cleared to participate in graduation as well as to indicate if you will attend, please log in to your Web4 account.

Click on Student, Student Records, then View Graduation Application.

If, while your file is being reviewed for graduation, the Registrar finds that you meet the requirements for participating in the ceremony (two courses or one internship left to take), you will be invited to attend the ceremony.

It is essential that we know the exact number of students attending the ceremony.

If you will not be able to attend, please contact the Registrar’s Office by Friday, April 26th at 978.665.4196 or registrar@fitchburgstate.edu.

Note: If you took courses at another university, transcripts must be received by May 24th. In addition, all unresolved obligations such as library fines, student loans, unpaid bills, and residence hall damages must be resolved before an official transcript will be issued.

Commencement Honorees

Portrait of Steven BorgesSteven D. Borges, executive vice president and chief executive officer of Nypro Healthcare and a 1990 graduate of Fitchburg State University, will deliver the commencement address on Saturday, May 18th on the main quadrangle.

Nypro Healthcare is a division of Jabil Circuit, Inc., providing comprehensive design, manufacturing and product management services to a wide range of healthcare companies. The $2.5 billion division spans numerous healthcare markets with manufacturing locations across Asia, Europe, Mexico, and the U.S., with more than 20 dedicated Nypro manufacturing sites.

Borges was executive vice president for Jabil’s industrial division before taking on its healthcare functions. He joined Jabil in 1993 as a manufacturing line supervisor and advanced into increasingly senior operational and business development roles. He lives in Florida with his wife, Ericka, and their two children.

“Steve Borges has built an accomplished career and we are honored that he will share some of the wisdom and life lessons he has acquired with our graduates and guests this May,” Fitchburg State President Lapidus said. “Steve has previously enlightened our students and faculty as an entrepreneur-in-residence in our business administration program, and we look forward to hearing his remarks on our largest stage of the year.”

Additional honorees are:

Honorary Degree Recipient - Anna Maria Clementi

Portrait of Anna Maria ClementiAnna Maria Clementi has been a leader and philanthropist in her community for decades, giving of her time and talent in the service of education and cultural enrichment.

She is one of the founding members of the Center for Italian Culture at Fitchburg State University, currently serving as its president. For 20 years, the CIC has promoted the language and culture of Italy through a continued array of exceptional cultural programs and activities on campus and in the community, and has also enabled students and faculty to travel to Europe through scholarship support.

She traces her ancestry to Corfinio, Aquila in the province of Abruzzo. Her passion for all things Italian includes her family foundation’s sponsorship of an annual dinner at Fitchburg State where the cuisine and wines of different regions are highlighted in a professionally guided culinary tour.

Her contributions to the Fitchburg State community includes two terms on its Board of Trustees, where she is currently vice chair. She was a strong and early supporter of the University’s efforts to launch a local “Bridges Together” program that connects generations to create educational opportunities. The effort has touched more than 200 local pupils and continues with the University’s Adult Learning in the Fitchburg Area program.

Clementi has also been active with the Fitchburg Art Museum for more than 30 years, where she currently serves on the board and chairs its education committee. She has been a strong proponent of the partnership between the museum and Fitchburg State, guided by her belief that the University must prepare students to be global citizens who can embrace other cultures, beliefs and values.

Clementi completed Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees in Italian Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies at Boston College. A proud mother and grandmother, she lives in Lunenburg.

Valedictorian - Madison Medina

Portrait of Madison MedinaMadison Medina is graduating at the top of her class after a collegiate career of distinction in the classroom and on the playing field.

The New Hampshire native came to Fitchburg State to enroll in its groundbreaking Police Program, a rigorous five-year course of study whose graduates complete two degrees and certification to serve on municipal police departments across Massachusetts. Medina will begin the 17-week police academy two days after finishing her bachelor’s degree.

At Fitchburg State, she also enrolled in the University’s Honors Program, completing a challenging series of courses and seminars that emphasized proficiency in writing and research. She has shared her work at the University’s Undergraduate Conference on Research and Creative Practice and is a member of Alpha Phi Sigma, the criminal justice honor society.

In addition to her academics, Medina has been a standout athlete with the Fitchburg State Falcons, competing with distinction as a member of both the women’s soccer and softball teams. Earlier this spring she was inducted into the National College Athlete Honor Society in recognition of her academic achievements.

Following this summer’s police academy, Medina will return to Fitchburg State this fall to complete her master’s degree in criminal justice in preparation for a career in law enforcement.

Academic Honors

Academic honors are awarded to undergraduates based on a minimum of 45 semester hours of courses taken at Fitchburg State University.

  • Cum Laude – 3.2 or higher GPA
  • Magna Cum Laude – 3.5 or higher GPA
  • Summa Cum Laude – 3.8 or higher GPA

​Honors designation in the commencement program will be based on your cumulative grade point average as of April 19th. Students with honors will wear academic medallions. Medallions will be distributed by the Registrar at commencement during line-up at the Highland Plaza. Final honors status will be determined by the Registrar and will be identified on your diploma with a seal.

Students completing their graduation requirements in the Fitchburg State University Honors Program will have their theses listed in the commencement program. 

Caps and Gowns

Students at graduation in caps and gowns

Caps and gowns are now available for purchase through through the bookstore in Hammond Hall. The cost for the entire package is $62. The hood distinguishes the institution from which the wearer is graduating and the degree being awarded.

The bookstore hours for the week of graduation are:

  • Monday through Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Please contact the bookstore directly with any questions concerning academic regalia at (978) 6650-4026.

Hood Color by Division

Arts & Sciences

Communications Media – White
Criminal Justice – White
Economics – Copper
English Studies – White
Game Design – White
History – White
Human Services – White
Interdisciplinary Studies – White
Political Science – Light Gold
Sociology – White


Education – Light Blue

Business & Technology

Business Administration – Drab
Computer Information Systems – Golden Yellow
Computer Science – Golden Yellow
Industrial Technology – Golden Yellow
Occupational/Vocational Education – Light Blue
Technology Education – Light Blue

Health & Natural Sciences

Biology – Golden Yellow
Chemistry – Golden Yellow
Earth Systems Science – Golden Yellow
Exercise & Sports Science – Golden Yellow
Geographic Science & Technology – Golden Yellow 
Mathematics – Golden Yellow
Nursing – Apricot
Psychological Science – Golden Yellow

Commencement Ceremony Schedule

Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 18th at 10:00 a.m. on the main quadrangle of the Fitchburg State campus. There is no commencement rehearsal. The processional will begin promptly at 9:50 a.m. Please arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. and report to the area near the flagpoles at Highland Plaza on Highland Avenue on the street side of the Anthony Building. Guests will not be allowed to enter this area. There is no designated area for robing, so please arrive at Highland Avenue in cap, gown, and hood. The ceremony will be approximately three hours long.

Seating areas for guests will open at 8:30 a.m. Please note that there are no tents to shade the sun or ward off raindrops, so plan accordingly. Commencement can also be viewed streaming online courtesy of FATV.

A sample index card with Jocelline spelled phonetically as "Joss-a-leen"Graduates will be lined up alphabetically within their division and major. All undergraduate students who are eligible for honors will receive honors medallions to wear with their commencement robes. You will be given an index card on which your name has been typed. If you have a name that is difficult to pronounce, please provide the phonetic spelling. When you approach the platform, this card will be handed to the reader. The chair of your program will lead their graduates onstage and present you to the president and division dean. Your name will be read as you cross the stage to receive your diploma cover from President Richard S. Lapidus. Please return to your seat promptly upon exiting the stage.

Senior Activities

Any questions you may have regarding senior class activities should be directed to Senior Class Committee Chair Joshua Rosenthal or Associate Dean of Student Development Hank Parkinson, who are responsible for coordination of these events. They may be reached at 978.665.3160.

President’s Reception

A student receiving his diploma and shaking hands with President Lapidus

President Lapidus will hold a reception for graduates, guests, and faculty on the Hammond Promenade following the ceremony. All are invited. Please take this opportunity to say farewell to faculty and friends. 


All diplomas will be mailed to graduates the week of June 3rd to be placed in the diploma cover you receive at the ceremony. Your name will be engraved on your diploma as you indicated on your commencement application. 


All parking lots will be open for graduate and guest parking, except for the lots on Highland Avenue which will be closed to automobile traffic the day of commencement. There are also parking lots at McKay Campus School, lower North Street and the Wallace Civic Center, where shuttles will bring guests to and from the campus. The shuttle buses will be in operation from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Area Amenities

Guests coming in from out of town can stay at the DoubleTree in Leominster, just ten minutes from campus.

There are many places to eat around campus, including Slattery's Restaurant and Zapata Mexican Cocina.

Inclement Weather Plan

Please come prepared for mild inclement weather as every attempt will be made to hold the ceremony outdoors. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to the Athletics and Recreation Center.

  • On Friday, May 17th, a decision will be made regarding whether it is necessary to move graduation indoors. This announcement will be posted on the Fitchburg State University website, distributed through email, and posted on voice mail.
  • Due to limited seating in the Athletics and Recreation Center, tickets are required for admittance. You will be instructed how to electronically request and receive your tickets if and when a decision is made to move the event inside. Alternate viewing areas will be available for non-ticketed guests.
  • All campus parking lots will be open and shuttle buses will run between the Intermodal Parking Center, Civic Center, Hammond Hall and the Conlon Hall Fine Arts wing and shuttle them to the Athletics and Recreation Center. The shuttles will be in operation between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
  • There will be no reception in the event of severe weather.

Graduates and Guests with Disabilities

Graduates and any guests who have a disability can request accommodations through the Disability Services office. To request accommodations, please complete the online form by May 3rd or contact the Disability Services Office by phone 978.665.4020 or email aernst2@fitchburgstate.edu.

All requests will be reviewed, and seating and/or parking passes will be mailed to the address provided.

The ceremony will be ASL interpreted for hearing impaired guests. Please contact Disability Services to discuss seating near the ASL interpreter. The captions are also broadcast live for anyone not in view of the interpreter. Large print and Braille copies of the commencement program are available with advance notice.

Guests with a disability are allowed to have one additional guest seated with them. Please make note of the drop-off area indicated on the parking map.

Photographs/DVD Recording

Students at graduation in caps and gowns

During the ceremony, access to the stage area for picture taking or videotaping by guests will be prohibited. Please relay this information to your guests.

A professional photograph will be taken as you receive your diploma cover and congratulations from the president, and a free 5x7 print will be mailed to your home address courtesy of the Fitchburg State University Alumni Association.

DVDs and Blu-ray discs of the entire ceremony will be available for purchase through Fitchburg Access Television. Please contact them directly at 978.343.0834 to order a ceremony DVD or Blu-ray disc. The cost is $16 for a DVD or $21 for Blu-ray, plus shipping.

Campus Buildings and Services

All buildings will be open for restroom facilities. Medical services will be located in Hammond Hall. There will be several water stations throughout the quad. In addition, student groups will be on hand selling flowers, water and snacks.

Important Contact Information

Registrar — 978.665.4196
Academic Affairs — 978.665.3168
Graduate and Continuing Education — 978.665.3182
Bookstore — 978.665.4026
Alumni — 978.665.3025
Campus Police — 978.665.3111
Disability Services — 978.665.4020