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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 8, 2020 and the CICS Senior Celebration on May 9, 2020. 

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 9, 2020 starting at 3:30 p.m. Doors will open at approximately 2:30 p.m.

Graduating seniors should arrive at the Recreation Center promptly at 2:30 pm and go to registration in Room 118/121 which is on the lower level, street side of the building and just past the service desk. 

Who can participate in the Senior Celebration?

To be eligible to participate in the May 2020 Commencement ceremony, students must have fulfilled all requirements by the time of the ceremony or be scheduled to do so by September 2020.  Students scheduled for February 2021 graduation who wish to attend the May 2020 ceremony must file a "Petition to Participate in an Earlier Commencement" form by March 30, 2020. 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 TBD.

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 more information, see the UMass Amherst Commencement website's Accessibility Information page. 

Are cameras allowed?

Yes! However, we ask that all audience members be courteous to each other and to refrain from blocking the aisles. There will be professional photographers on hand to take photos of each graduate as they receive their medal and informal shots of graduates and families.  The photography company will be in touch with the graduates soon after the ceremony to review and order their official senior celebration photo.

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 also available in the UMass Campus Center food courts.