Date: Friday, May 16, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Merrimack Athletics Complex
Congratulations graduates, parents and families. 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 64th Commencement. Please bookmark this page so that you may refer to it in the coming weeks.
Diplomas have been ordered. If you do not plan to attend graduation, your diploma will be available in the Office of the Registrar after graduation.
Students who are participating in commencement but have not completed their coursework will receive their diploma following completion of their coursework and according to the Registrar’s distribution schedule.
Final Grade Report
You may view your grades on MyMack as soon as they are available.
Caps & Gowns
Caps & Gowns will be distributed on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the MPR in the Sakowich Campus Center. Caps & Gowns will then be moved to the Graduate and Professional Studies Office in 208 O’Reilly the week of May 5, Monday–Thursday 8:30 am to 6:00 pm.
A professional photographer will take pictures of each student receiving his/her diploma. Essex Commencement Photos will contact you with details. Questions, please contact the Office of Conference and Events 978-837-5389.
Graduate admission tickets will be distributed on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm in the MPR of the Sakowich Campus Center. All students must present a valid photo ID and sign for their tickets. You may not pick up tickets for other students, and ticket will not be mailed.
Attendance Policy/Safety Regulations
Individuals seeking admittance to the Merrimack Athletics Complex 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.
The 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 will not be permitted into the arena for either graduation. 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, etc. to the ceremony. Inappropriate items will be confiscated at the door.
Fire codes prohibit guests from standing in the aisles in the Merrimack Athletics Complex. Family photographers are asked to stay behind stanchions. Please remember to be considerate of those seated behind you while you are taking your photos.
Parking is limited. Police Services will be on campus throughout the weekend to direct you and your guests to appropriate parking areas.
Handicap Parking/Other Accommodations
Please contact Merrimack College Police Services for information on how to obtain a handicap area parking pass for the Commencement ceremony at 978-837-5152. Those guests who are parking in the handicap area should plan to arrive before 5:30 p.m. to utilize the entrance closest to the parking lot. After 6:00 p.m., all guests must use the main entrance to the Merrimack Athletics Complex.
If you require a sign language interpreter, please contact the Office of Conference and Events 978-837-5389 by April 22, 2013.
Hotels and Restaurants
Please feel free to contact the Office of Communications 978-837-5190. For direction regarding change of plans due to weather on the day of Commencement call the Weather Emergency Information Line 978-837-5700.