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Merrimack College Commencement Celebration

66th Undergraduate

Date: Sunday, May 22, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Lawler Arena, Merrimack Athletics Complex

Doors open for guests at 8:00 a.m.

Commencement will arrive quickly, and this page is intended to provide you with information you will need as you make preparations to attend Merrimack College’s 66th Commencement.  Please bookmark this page so that you may refer to it in the coming weeks.

This page will be refreshed periodically. Please review often.

 

Graduate Line-up
Commencement Ceremony
Commencement Reception
Diplomas
Final Grade Report
Caps and Gowns
Ticket Information
Live Streaming Ticket Information  
Student Ticket Exchange
Attendance Policy/Safety Regulations
Seating for People with Disabilities/Other Accommodations
Professional Photographer
Parking
Trolley Shuttle Service
Handicap Parking
Pets
Hotels and Restaurants
Honors Convocation
Legacy Students Reception
Baccalaureate Mass
Senior Send-off Week
Weather Related Changes
Yearbook
Faculty Information
Questions


 

Graduate Line-up

Graduates should arrive on campus with caps, gowns and hoods no later than 8:30 a.m. to line up for the commencement procession at the Sakowich Campus Center.

 

Commencement Ceremony

The commencement ceremony begins at 10:00am and ends between 12:30pm-1:00pm.

 

Commencement Reception

A light reception follows the commencement ceremony at the Sakowich Campus Center. Reception ends at 2:00pm.

 

Diplomas

Diplomas will be presented during commencement exercises.  If you do not plan to attend graduation, your diploma will be available in the Office of the Registrar after graduation.

 

Final Grade Report

You may view your grades on MyMack as soon as they are available.       

 

Caps and Gowns

Caps & gowns will be distributed on Friday, April 29 in Hammel Court, Merrimack Athletics Complex, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

NOTE: Caps and gowns should be returned after commencement to the Sakowich Campus Center. The tassel is yours to keep.

 

Ticket Information

Each graduate will receive four (4) tickets for guests to attend Commencement exercises in the Lawler Arena.

Commencement and live streaming tickets will be distributed on Friday, April 29 in Hammel Court, Merrimack Athletics Complex, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with your cap/gown pick up.

All graduates must present a valid photo ID and sign for their tickets. Graduates may not pick up tickets for other students, and tickets will not be mailed. 

 

Live Streaming Ticket Information

To accommodate additional guests, graduate candidates will have the opportunity to secure tickets to a live-streaming of commencement exercises in the climate controlled comfort of the Rogers Center for the Arts. Rogers Center live-streaming tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis on Friday, April 29, in Hammel Court from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., along with your cap/gown pick up. Rogers Center capacity is at 600 seats. Once these tickets are gone, there will be no more. There is no charge for tickets.

 

Student Ticket Exchange

Students are encouraged to share their unneeded arena and live streaming Commencement tickets at the following ticket exchange page.

Students in need of tickets are encouraged to check this page frequently.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Merrimack2016/

 

Attendance Policy/Safety Regulations

Individuals seeking admittance to the Merrimack Athletics Complex and the Rogers Center will be required to present a Commencement Admission Ticket.  No exceptions will be made to this policy. Please distribute tickets to all attendees in your group before arriving on campus.

Merrimack College has implemented several policies designed to ensure the continued safety of our community. Guests will be permitted to bring small cameras, small purses or other small bags into the venue. Backpacks and other large bags and wrapped gifts will not be permitted into the arena and the Rogers Center. Guests are urged to arrive early and to limit the items they bring with them.

The college reserves the right to search any bag or parcel brought into the facility. We ask for your cooperation in making this occasion a memorable one, and request that you do not bring alcohol (including champagne), beach balls, air horns, balloons, wrapped gifts, etc. to the ceremony. Inappropriate items will be confiscated at the door. 

Bottled water will be available in the lobby, and the Dunkin Donuts in the Merrimack Athletics Complex will be open for business.

Fire codes prohibit guests from standing in the aisles in the Lawler Arena.  Family photographers are asked to stay behind stanchions and will not be permitted in the center aisle.  Please remember to be considerate of those seated behind you while you are taking your photos. 

Guest admittance to the Merrimack Athletics Complex will begin at 8:00 a.m. All guests should be seated by 10:00 a.m. for the procession into the arena.

 

Seating for People with Disabilities/Other Accommodations

If you have a guest who requires a wheelchair or other physical accommodation, we have reserved a section in the Lawler Arena to accommodate that guest plus one companion. These will come out of your predetermined ticket total.  

Please email commencementoffice@merrimack.edu to assist us in planning the needs of guests with disabilities. 

Some wheelchairs can be accommodated in the Rogers Center live-streaming venue as well.

If the service of a sign language interpreter is needed, please contact commencementoffice@merrimack.edu

 

 

Professional Photographer

A professional photographer will take pictures of each student receiving his/her diploma.  All graduates will be mailed information regarding the graduation picture. Any questions should be directed to Hockmeyer/Essex Commencement Photos at (978) 388-9832.

Fire codes prohibit guests from standing in the aisles in the Lawler Arena.  Family photographers are asked to stay behind stanchions and will not be permitted in the center aisle.  Please remember to be considerate of those seated behind you while you are taking your photos. 

 

Parking

Parking is limited. Campus Police will be on campus throughout the weekend to direct guests to appropriate parking areas.

Due to an expected high volume of pedestrian traffic, Cullen Avenue (off Route 125) will be closed after 8:00 a.m. on Sunday.  All guests should enter campus through the Rte. 114 or the Elm Street entrances.

 

Trolley Shuttle Service

A trolley shuttle will be available to transport guests from all campus parking lots and the TD Bank parking lot on Elm Street to the Merrimack Athletics Center and back. Trolleys are not wheelchair accessible.

 

Handicap Parking

Handicap parking is available in the Merrimack Athletics Complex parking lot for all vehicles with a state-issued handicap parking pass. Elderly and limited mobility guests may be dropped-off in the Merrimack Athletics Complex parking lot but vehicles without a state-issued parking pass must park in other lots on campus after drop-off. Additional requests may be directed to the Merrimack Police Department at 978-837-5152. Officers will be available to give directions.

 

Pets

College policy prohibits bringing pets on campus grounds and in buildings unless it is a certified service animal.

 

Hotels and Restaurants

View a listing of local hotel accommodations. For directions to hotels and restaurants, check out our interactive map.

 

Honors Convocation

Presidential scholars and guests will be invited to the Honors Convocation, a formal ceremony which recognizes our Presidential Scholars for their academic achievements, on Saturday, May 21 at 12:00 p.m. in the Lawler Arena, Merrimack Athletics Complex. Presidential scholars have earned a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 3.50 at the beginning of their spring semester. This event is by invitation only.

Presidential scholars will line up at 11:00 a.m. in Hammel Court.

Academic gowns should be worn to the ceremony; caps and hoods are not worn at this time.

Guest admittance to the athletic complex will begin at 11:00 a.m.

 

Legacy Students Reception

Legacy graduates and families will be invited to a reception on Saturday, May 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Rogers Center for the Arts.  At the Legacy Reception each legacy graduate will receive a medallion to be worn at commencement. This event is by invitation only.

 

Baccalaureate Mass

Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, May 21 at 4:00 p.m. in the Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher. All students and their families are welcome.

Graduates will line up at 3:30 p.m. in front of Austin Hall.

Graduates should wear their robe and hood for this ceremony; a cap is not worn.

Doors open to guests at 3:00 p.m.

A reception follows at the Sakowich Campus Center.

 

Senior Send-off Week

All seniors are invited to both on-campus and off-campus events during the week of May 16, 2016. Plan to celebrate your last days and nights at Merrimack with your friends and classmates. Questions can be directed to the Office of Student Involvement or by phone at 978-837-5508.

 

Weather Related Changes

For direction regarding change of plans due to weather on the day of Commencement, students will receive a notice via RAVE and social media, or may call the Weather Emergency Information Line 978-837-5700, or log on to www.merrimack.edu.

 

Yearbook

More information will be posted at a later date.

 

Faculty Information

Regalia - If you have ordered regalia, you may pick it up in the Provost’s Office in Austin Hall beginning May 13.

Undergraduate Commencement Line Up for Faculty - Faculty and stage party breakfast and line-up for Undergraduate Commencement will be in McQuade Library beginning at 8:30 a.m. The faculty and stage party will prepare with robing and process from this location at 9:50 a.m.

Honors Convocation Line Up for Faculty - Faculty will line up at 11:00 a.m. in Hammel Court for procession into the Merrimack Athletics Complex.

Baccalaureate Mass Line Up for Faculty - Faculty will line up at 3:30 p.m. in front of Austin Hall for procession into the Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher.

For seating purposes, it is appreciated if each faculty member inform your dean of your plans to attend Graduate Commencement, Baccalaureate Mass, and/or Undergraduate Commencement.

 

Questions

Please feel free to contact the Office of Communications by email at CommencementOffice@merrimack.edu