Senior Celebration FAQ

What is the CICS Senior Celebration?

The College of Information and Computer Sciences (CICS) Senior Celebration is a ceremony held the day after undergraduate commencement. This ceremony gives graduates the opportunity to be recognized individually by college faculty and administration. Each graduating student's name is read prior to the presentation of a University of Massachusetts medal and a special farewell gift from the college. Graduates' time on stage will be broadcast on large video screens and captured by a professional photographer.

We encourage seniors and their families to attend both the UMass Amherst Undergraduate Commencement on May 12th and the CICS Senior Celebration on May 13th. 

When and where will it be held?

The College of Information and Computer Sciences Senior Celebration will be held at the Recreation Center's Upper Courts (second floor) on Saturday, May 13, 2017 starting at 5:00 p.m. Doors will open at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Graduating seniors should arrive at the Recreation Center promptly at 4:00 pm and go to Rm. 118/121 (Lower Level) to check-in. 

Who can participate in the Senior Celebration?

To be eligible to participate in the May 2017 Commencement ceremony, students must have fulfilled all requirements by the time of the ceremony or be scheduled to do so by September 2017.  Students scheduled for February 2018 graduation who wish to attend the May 2017 ceremony must file a "Petition to Participate in an Earlier Commencement" form. This form is not online and only available at the Registrar's Office in 213 Whitmore.

How many guests are each student allowed? Do they need tickets?

There is no limit to the number of guests each student can bring. Tickets are not required and seating is unreserved.

What should participants and visitors wear?

Graduating students and faculty dress in commencement caps and gowns. Note that students must arrive in the caps and gowns - caps and gowns will not be available at Recreation Center. 

The Recreation Center is air-conditioned; however, it does get warm. Please dress comfortably.

Where should I park?

Guest parking will be available in the Campus Center Parking Garage and in lots adjacent to the Recreation Center and Mullins Center.

The PayStation lot adjacent to the Recreation Center will be for handicapped patrons only.

Are accommodations available for guests with disabilities?

Sign language or oral interpreters are available upon request. Call 413-545-0892 or send an email to aduchon@admin.umass.edu using the subject line "Commencement Interpreter Request." The deadline for requesting interpreter services is April 11.

Handicapped parking is available in the PayStation Lot 64; turn off Commonwealth Avenue to Hicks Way then take two left turns to circle around the Parks Band Building.  Park in the lot just beyond the Northeast corner of the Recreation Center.  There is an elevator available in the Recreation Center for guests with mobility issues.

For additional accessibility information, see: www.umass.edu/commencement/accessibility-information

Are cameras allowed?

Yes! However, we ask that all audience members be courteous of each other and to refrain from blocking the aisles. There will be a professional photographer who will take the picture of every graduate as they receive their medal. The photography company will be in touch with the graduates soon after the ceremony.

Will there be food?

The Courtside Cafe inside the Recreation Center will be open, serving grab-n-go sandwiches, wraps and salads, and a variety of beverages and smoothies.  A full range of dining options is available in The Blue Wall, a food-court-like area in the Lower Level of the Campus Center.