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Graduation Center

The Graduation Center will be open from Thursday, March 7, through Saturday, March 9, 2013, in the Cleveland E. and Phyllis B. Dodge Room in the Richard B. Flynn Campus Union.

Degree Application

All students who are planning to graduate must complete a degree application through the Office of the Registrar's webpage under the "Downloadable Forms" link. Degree applications for students planning on graduating in May and/or participating in the May Commencement ceremony, are due to Office the Registrar by Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

Academic regalia is required at Commencement and Baccalaureate, and graduating students are asked to visit the Graduation Center to purchase caps and gowns and to verify that their degree application is in order. Representatives of the Career Center, the Office of Alumni Relations, Graduate Admissions, Academic Advising, the Office of the Registrar, and the senior class will be available to distribute information and respond to questions. Graduating students will also be able to purchase class rings and graduation announcements from either Herff-Jones or Jostens.

The Graduation Center hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, March 7, 2013 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, March 8, 2013 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 9, 2013 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


Students are strongly encouraged to pre-order their gown from Herff-Jones at herffjones.com/order. Your cap and gown can then be purchased and picked up at the Graduation Center. Students can pre-order through Jan. 31, 2013.

Those who are unable to attend the Graduation Center can purchase their cap and gown at the Springfield College Bookstore during normal business hours. Caps and gowns will be available from March 11, 2013 through graduation. Personalized announcements and rings can be ordered directly from Herff-Jones (herff-jones.com or 1-800-837-4235). Generic announcements and rings can be ordered from Jostens (jostens.com or 1-800-854-7464). School of Human Services Campus directors will provide information on ordering caps and gowns to students at their respective campuses.

2013 Cap and Gown Price List:

  • Bachelor's Unit $40
  • Master's Unit* $43
  • Master's Hood* $31
  • Doctoral Unit* $52
  • Doctoral Hood* $39
*Master's and Doctoral students must purchase both a unit and a hood.

There is a shipping charge of $15 if ordered through the mail.


Sat., May 18, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
Graduate commencement exercises will be held on Naismith Green; Degrees awarded will include all master's degrees, certificates of advanced instruction, and doctoral degrees.


Sat., May 18, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.
Baccalaureate ceremony exercises will be held on Naismith Green for bachelor's degree graduates and their families.


Sun., May 19, 2013 at 9:30 a.m.
Undergraduate commencement exercises will be held at the Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, MA.
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