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Merrimack College Commencement Celebration

Graduate

Date: Friday, May 15, 2015
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Location: Lawler Arena, Merrimack Athletics Complex
Doors open for guests at 5:00 p.m.

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 2015 Graduate Commencement.  Please bookmark this page so that you may refer to it in the coming weeks.

Graduate Line-up
Reception
Diplomas
Final Grade Report
Caps & Gowns
Ticket Information
Attendance Policy/Safety Regulations
Seating for People with Disabilities/Other Accommodations
Professional Photographer
Parking
Trolley Shuttle Service
Handicap Parking
Pets
Hotels & Restaurants
Weather Related Changes
Faculty Information
Questions
Survey


  

Graduate Line-up

Graduates should arrive on campus no later than 5:00 p.m. to line up for the commencement procession in the Hammel Basketball Court, Merrimack Athletics Complex.

  

Reception

A light reception follows the commencement ceremony at the Sakowich Campus Center.

  

Diplomas

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 and gowns will be distributed Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in O’Reilly 208.

NOTE: This is a new date, time and location to better accommodate the schedules of graduate students.

Caps, gowns and hoods must be returned immediately after commencement (after the appropriate family photos); the tassel is yours to keep. Bins will be available for drop off in the Sakowich Campus Center.

If you wish to PURCHASE the cap, gown and hood, the cost is $25/cap & gown; $20/hood, available on April 29.  Cash or checks accepted made payable to University Cap and Gown.

  

Ticket Information

Graduate admission tickets will be distributed Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in O’Reilly 208.

Each graduate will receive six (6) commencement tickets.  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. 

NOTE: Please make every effort to pick up your cap/gown/hood and tickets on this day. For those who cannot make it to campus on April 29, these items will be available for a later pick up in the Graduate Admissions Office.

  

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. Graduates should distribute tickets to their guests 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 will not be permitted into the arena. 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. 

Guest admittance to the Merrimack Athletics Complex will begin at 5:00 p.m. All guests should be seated by 6:00 p.m. prior to the procession into the arena.

The commencement ceremony is expected to last until approximately 8:00 p.m.

  

Seating for People with Disabilities/Other Accommodations

Wheelchair plus one guest seating will be available in a reserved Handicap section of the arena. Please note: each degree candidate will receive a total of six (6) tickets that can be used for general admission or four (4) general admission and two (2) wheelchair section tickets – one for the wheelchair and one for a companion to assist him/her.

If the services 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 Essex Commencement Photos at (978) 388-9832.

  

Parking

Parking is limited. The Merrimack College Police Department will be on campus throughout the weekend to direct you and your guests to appropriate parking areas.

  

Trolley Shuttle Service

A shuttle will be available to transport guests from parking lots to the Merrimack Athletics Center. 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 with which Merrimack College has a partnership. For directions to hotels and restaurants, check out our interactive map.

  

Weather Related Changes

For updates regarding change of plans due to weather on the day of commencement, call the Weather Emergency Information Line at 978-837-5700, or log onto www.merrimack.edu.

  

Faculty Information

Regalia - If you have ordered regalia, you may pick it up in the Provost’s Office during the week of May 4.

Graduate Commencement Line Up for Faculty - Faculty and stage party will prepare with robing and line up in the Innovation Center at 5 p.m. Procession starts from this location at 5:45 p.m.

  

Questions

Please feel free to contact the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies by phone at 978-837-3563, or email at graduate@merrimack.edu.  

  

Survey

Please fill out the commencement questionnaire by following the link below if you have not already done so. The questionnaire was due on March 15, but we are still accepting responses. It is very important you fill out this form to ensure your information is correct for graduation. Fill out the commencement questionnaire now >>