Commencement

  • 2021 Graduate Commencement

    Both Virtual and In-Person Commencement Events

    This year's Graduate Commencement will be comprised of both virtual and in-person events. The official virtual Graduate Commencement ceremony will premiere at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, 2021, but we will also be celebrating with an in-person Commencement experience on-campus for both the Class of 2021 as well as the Class of 2020.

    Register to Cross the Stage

    This year commencing students can cross the stage in a special Commencement experience taking place on the Worcester State University campus. The event will be held over two days to accommodate all commencing students who desire to participate safely within current public health guidelines.

    Class of 2021 Registration

    For those completing their graduate studies this academic year, please register below.

    Register: Class of 2021

    Class of 2020 Registration

    For those who completed their graduate studies last academic year, please register below.

    Register: Class of 2020

    Note: If you require an accommodation to participate in the Commencement experience, please email accessibility@worcester.edu. Requests must be received a minimum of 5 business days in advance.

    The Schedule

    The schedule is as follows:

    Friday, May 14, 2021

    • Session 4 - Graduate, 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

    Saturday, May 15, 2021

    • Session 5 - Graduate, 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m., and 1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.

    Students and their guests will be allocated to specific time slots and asked to arrive by vehicle - one vehicle per graduating student. For students unable to participate by vehicle, an alternative will be provided. Additional information including how to participate, expectations for students and audience members, arrival times, and more will be sent to all commencing students in advance of the commencement.

  • Cap and Gown Ordering Information

    Ordering Caps and Gowns

    For the 2021 commencement ceremonies, caps and gowns are optional. If students choose to buy a cap and gown orders must be submitted on-line at https://www.buildagrad.com/worcestermaster.

    The deadline for placing orders is April 2, 2021 and will guarantee the cap and gown to be delivered to your home address by May 15, 2021. All cap and gown orders will be shipped to the students’ home addresses.

    The cost is $25.71 for Master’s degree graduates and $29.62 for graduates in the Ed.S. program. There is a $15.00 delivery charge for the order to be shipped to the students’ home address. All purchases are non-refundable

    If you miss the order deadline of April 2, 2021 you will have until April 16, 2021 to place your order but you will not be guaranteed that the regalia will be delivered on time for the Virtual Graduate Commencement ceremony.

    If you need assistance while on the site or have questions regarding your order, please contact Balfour directly at 1-800-683-4771 from 8:30am to 4:30pm (CST) Monday-Friday or email customer_service@buildagrad.com.