Commencement

  • Undergraduate Commencement 2022

    Worcester State University’s 2022 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony will be held on:

    Saturday, May 14, 2022 - 10 a.m.

    DCU Center, 50 Foster St., Worcester
    Graduates must check in at 8 a.m.

    There is much to celebrate! You have:

    • Made class and lab attendance an integral part of your life
    • Devoted many hours to studying
    • Dedicated yourself to completing challenging research and creativity projects
    • Stepped out of your comfort zone to broaden your knowledge through service-learning and internship opportunities
    • Expanded your friendship circle
    • Discovered new interests through involvement in clubs, the honor society, or student organizations
    • Maybe even ventured to study in another part of the country or world

    You are prepared to change the way the world works.

    Before Commencement arrives, there are a few things you will need to do before you can graduate. Our checklist for undergraduate students will help you navigate through the process. If you have questions about your graduation status or how your name will appear on your diploma, we suggest you check the Graduation Eligibility page in WebAdvisor.

  • Cap and Gown Purchase

    Undergraduate caps and gowns are available for purchase online through Balfour starting January 17 through March 13. Please visit buildagrad.com/worcesterbachelor to order your cap and gown. Caps and gowns can be sent to school for pick up the week of May 2 at the Information Desk or can be shipped home for an extra fee. Caps and gowns are $25 and purchases are non-refundable.

    A limited amount of caps and gowns will be available for purchase at the Student Center Information Desk for $30 starting Tuesday, April 19.

    Any questions regarding undergraduate cap and gown purchases, please email undergradcommence@worcester.edu.

    Flower Purchases & Balloon Policy

    Flower Purchases

    Support the Class of 2023 and your Worcester State University graduate by purchasing roses inside the DCU Center Exhibition Hall on Commencement Day. Sale begins at 8 a.m. in the lobby. Prices are $20 for a half-dozen and $45 for one dozen—convenient and a great value. Graduate t-shirts are also on sale for $30.

    You may also purchase items ahead of time at commencementflowers.com/worcesterstate and pick up on site at the DCU Center the day of Commencement. Cash or credit card accepted on site.

    Balloon Policy

    Please note that the use of helium balloons is prohibited at the DCU Center.

    Party on the Green: Farewell to the Class of 2022

    Save The Date

    Party on the Green

    A Special Class of 2022 & Alumni Celebration
    Friday, May 13, 2022

    More details to follow.

    Commencement Photography

    Commencement Photos, Inc. will be at Commencement to take photographs as each graduate crosses the stage and is congratulated by President Maloney. Information about ordering photographs will be emailed to you from Commencement Photos, Inc.

     

    Commencement Keepsakes

    Celebrate your college days and relish your achievement with Worcester State memorabilia that will last a lifetime. Our University Advancement office offers many keepsakes for you or your loved one. Each item is meticulously crafted in the highest quality. The items below can be ordered by contacting the Alumni Office at 508-929-8141. Diploma frames and other gifts and collectibles can be purchased through the Worcester State Bookstore.

    Commencement Keepsakes

    Worcester State University Chair

    Made of solid maple hardwood with cherry finish arms and crown laser engraved Worcester State University seal. Choose from a Standard Chair, Boston Rocker, or a Swivel Desk Chair. Personalization available.

    Worcester State University Lamp

    Cherry Wood finish with solid brass accent laser engraved Worcester State University seal. Personalization available.

    Parking

    We recommend that you park in the Worcester Municipal Parking Garage— a 2-minute walk from the DCU Center. The garage is located at 30 Major Taylor Blvd. on the corner of Major Blvd. and MLK Jr. Blvd. For more information, please contact 508-792-0314. There is a minimal charge for parking. Additional parking can be found at area lots and garages near the facility.

    City Square (formerly Worcester Common Outlets)
    100 Front St. - 508-791-7689

    Dwight Foster Parking
    27 Waldo St. - 508-757-2703

    Exchange Street Parking
    10 Exchange St. - 508-791-8586

    First American Realty Parking
    100 MLK Jr. Blvd. - 508-798-8844

    Pearl-Elm Municipal Garage
    20 Pearl St. - 508-799-1463

    Directions
    Generate turn by turn directions using Google Maps.
    Transportation

    Airports

    Buses

    Taxis

    • Red Cab - 50 Franklin St., Worcester, MA, 508-792-9999
    • Yellow Cab - 90 Madison St., Worcester, MA, 508-754-3211

    Trains

    Accommodations

    Baymont Inn & Suites
    446 Southbridge St., Auburn, MA, 508-832-7000 / 800-428-3438

    Beechwood Hotel
    363 Plantation St., Worcester, 508-754-5789 / 800-344-2589,

    Best Western
    624 Southbridge St., Auburn, MA, 508-832-3221

    Comfort Inn Westboro
    399 Boston Turnpike Road, Westborough, MA, 508-366-0202

    Courtyard by Marriott Boston Westborough
    3 Technology Drive, Westborough, MA, 508-836-4800 / 800-321-2211

    Courtyard by Marriott Worcester
    72 Grove St., Worcester, 508-363-0300

    Days Inn Shrewsbury
    889 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA, 508-842-8500 / 800-329-7466

    Embassy Suites Hotel Boston/Marlborough
    123 Boston Post Road West, Marlborough, MA, 508-485-5900

    Hampton Inn
    110 Summer Street, Worcester, 508-757-0400

    Hilton Garden Inn Hotel
    35 Major Taylor Boulevard, Worcester, 508-753-5700

    Quality Inn & Suites, Worcester
    50 Oriol Drive, Worcester, 508-852-2800

    Radisson Hotel Marlborough
    75 Felton Street, Marlborough, MA, 508-480-0015

    Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
    50 Oriol Drive, Building A, Worcester, 508-852-2801

    Worcester Hotel & Conference Center
    500 Lincoln Street, Worcester, 508-852-4000 / 800-465-4329

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    Note: by attending commencement events all participants agree to comply with the COVID-19 Requirements at University Events.