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8/20/21: COMMENCEMENT UPDATE

Dear Wentworth Community: 

Based on the forecast announced this morning that Henri will likely become a Category 1 Hurricane with significant impacts on the Boston area throughout the day on Sunday, we are moving all ceremonies originally scheduled for Sunday August 22nd, now to Saturday, August 21st. 

We did not want to cancel commencement, but for safety reasons have determined that shifting ceremonies to Saturday is our best course of action. We want to celebrate our graduates and do not want to put anyone in harm’s way. 

The ceremonies will take place as follows in the tent on the Quad: 

  1. The 10:00 a.m. School of Engineering Ceremony will move to Saturday, August 21 at 1:00p.m.  

  1. The 3:00 p.m. Commencement for the Schools of Architecture and Design, Computing and Data Science and Management will move to Saturday, August 21 at 4:00p.m. 

  1. Additional Ceremony – for anyone who cannot attend on Saturday, we will host a ceremony on Monday, August 23rd at 6:00pm in Watson Hall 

All tickets will be honored for the rescheduled ceremonies, and we will send an adjusted schedule for arrival to students and guests via email later today. The ceremonies will be available on Wentworth’s livestream for anyone who cannot attend in person. 

We thank you for your understanding and look forward to hosting our students for commencement on Saturday, August 21. 

 

Summer Commencement FAQ

  • COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols / MASK MANDATE

    Due to recent increases in COVID-19 cases attributed to the highly transmissible Delta variant, and consistent with our commitment to safety, we have established the following protocols for everyone attending our commencement ceremonies. We will be welcoming and hosting guests for commencement who will be traveling from various states and international locations. Ceremonies will take place in an air-conditioned, enclosed tent space on the Quad with close proximity seating. Given the importance of the day, we want to do our best to host the events safely for everyone. 

    Will I have to wear a mask? 

    • Yes, everyone must wear a face covering (regardless of vaccination status) while inside the tent where the ceremonies will be held. Graduates will be able to remove their face covering when they cross the stage but must put it back on once seated. Face coverings may be removed once outside the tent following the ceremony. 

    Do I have to get tested for COVID-19 in order to attend commencement? 

    • Current students, faculty, and staff must get tested and be cleared in CoVerified before coming to campus. This requires having been tested within the week prior to the ceremony. 
    • Students from the Class of 2020 returning to campus for commencement and all guests do not need to have a negative Covid-19 test in order to attended commencement.  

    I’m a current Wentworth student attending commencement, where can I get tested?  

    • Testing is available on campus at the Testing Hub behind Beatty Hall. Testing hours include: Mondays and Fridays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm; and Sundays from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.  
    • Those not able to come to campus for testing should upload the results of a negative test from another testing source before their ceremony. Covid tests are available at most local pharmacies or health clinics and are free.  

    Do I need to be vaccinated in order to attend commencement? 

    • It is highly recommended that everyone coming to campus be vaccinated, be tested in the week leading up to commencement, and monitor their symptoms before coming to campus. Guests will not be asked to provide proof of a negative test or vaccination 

    I don’t feel comfortable coming to campus, but I want to watch my graduate's commencement. What are my options? 

    • If you or someone in your group cannot attend commencement on campus, the event can be viewed on-line at www.wit.edu/livestream

    What happens if someone tests positive for COVID after the event? 

    • Should we receive notification that you were seated near someone who reports they contracted COVID within 7 days of attending the ceremony, Wentworth will notify you. 

    I have a question that is not answered here.  

    • COVID-related questions may be directed to the COVID-19 Team via email at c19team@wit.edu
  • Am I eligible to graduate?

    To check whether you are on the degree list and registered to participate at Commencement, please contact the Registrar’s Office. 

  • Regalia

    When and where do I receive my cap, gown and cords? Are they free? 

    • Caps, gowns and cords are free. Wentworth has selected an eco-friendly robe which is made from 100% recycled materials and is recyclable. 

    • Students had the option to ship to home or ship to school. Note if you did not pre-order your cap and gown, please email the Commencement Office to make arrangements no later than August 1. 

    • Ship to home option: if you do not receive by August 1, please email commencement@wit.edu and we will assist you. 

    • Ship to school option: please check your email the week of July 26 for pick up instructions on campus.  

    • Honors and Veterans Cords will be distributed the morning of your commencement ceremony when you check in. [Note: if you are not attending the ceremony, we will mail your cords to you.] 

  • Student Arrival for Commencement

    What time do I need to check-in for Commencement? 

    • If you are attending the 10am Class of 2020 Ceremony on August 21st  

    • Report to Watson Auditorium by 8:00 a.m.  

    • If you are attending the 1pm Class of 2021 Ceremony on August 21st  

    • Report to Watson Auditorium by 11:30 a.m. 

    • If you are attending the 4pm Class of 2021 Ceremony on August 21st

    • Report to Watson Auditorium by 2:30 p.m. 

    • Guests will not be permitted to enter the auditorium with you: please ask your family and friends to proceed to the quad where you will greet them for celebrations and photos after the ceremony.  

    What do I need to know about security? 

    • There will be a security check point with bag check at the entrance to the Quad. Please see the prohibited items check list for items. 

  • Weather

    What if it rains? Will Commencement still be held outside? 

    • Yes! The event is taking place under a tent on the Quad. Please dress accordingly for the weather. 

  • Tickets and Seating

    How many tickets does each graduate receive? How much do tickets cost? 

    • Tickets to commencement are FREE. Each graduate may reserve up to four (4) guest tickets. Graduating students are not considered to be part of the four (4) guests, and they do not need a ticket to attend commencement.  

    • A ticket is required for all guests ages six (6) and older. Babies and children under six years old do not need tickets and may sit in the lap of their parent or in a stroller. 

    Can a student receive more than 4 tickets? 

    • Due to our occupancy permit from the City of Boston, we have limited capacity in our tent which will be on the Wentworth quad. The number of guest tickets was calculated using our occupancy rate.  

    • Students will order their tickets and can request additional tickets. For those who do not order their full allotment (4), the remaining tickets will be put into a pool and distributed evenly via a lottery to those who asked for additional tickets to ensure every student has family and friends at the ceremony to support them.  

    • No tickets to Commencement at Wentworth may be bought or sold under any circumstances.  

    Is seating assigned or general admission? 

    • Seating is assigned and you will be able to choose your seats on our ticketing platform with a unique promo code. When ordering your tickets, you will select your designated seat(s) for the event. Seats are selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.  

    • Accessibility seating can be requested when ordering tickets. 

    • Commencement will be held on the Wentworth quad in a tent. All seats are at the same level (i.e., not stadium or amphitheater seating). Large viewing screens will be placed to ensure that all guests can see the ceremony from their seats. 

    What time should guests plan to arrive? Where should they park? 

    • Guest Parking is available in the following locations: 

    • Accessibility Parking is available in the West Parking Lot at 550 Huntington Avenue, corner of Ruggles Street and Huntington Ave.  Access to these spaces will be designated on your guest ticket and you can show it to the volunteer when you arrive. 

    • General Parking is available in the Parker Street Lot located at 115 Halleck Street, Boston. 

    • Student Parking is available in the West Parking Lot and Parker Street Lot 

  • Accessibility and Mobility Support

    I have guests with accessibility and mobility needs, what arrangements are available? 

    • When ordering tickets for guests there will be options listed to indicate the type of support that is needed including: accessible parking, assistive listening devices for the visually impaired and sign language interpreters.

  • Children

    Is there accommodation to feed and change a baby? 

    • There are restrooms available in Beatty Hall which is the large concrete building adjacent to the Quad. 

    Do small children need a ticket to attend Commencement? 

    • A ticket is required for children ages six (6) and older. Babies and children under six may be seated in your lap or in a stroller. 

  • Parking & Transportation

    How do I get to Wentworth Institute of Technology?  

    • Follow these directions to campus here.  

    Is there public transportation available? 

    • Yes. Wentworth is located near Ruggles station (Orange Line & Commuter Rail), the Museum of Fine Arts (Green Line E) light rail stop, and several bus lines. You can find a complete map of the Massachusetts Public Transit System (MTBA) here. 

    Where can I park? 

    • Parking will be available in the Parker Street lot located at 115 Halleck Street, Boston. You can find map here.  

    Will Accessibility Parking be available?  

    • Yes. Accessibility Parking is available in the West Parking Lot at 550 Huntington Avenue, corner of Ruggles Street and Huntington Ave.  Access to these spaces will be designated on your guest ticket and you can show it to the volunteer when you arrive. 

  • Hotel Information

    Where can my family stay for commencement?  

    • Wentworth has set aside room blocks for family and friends planning to attend the Summer 2020 & 2021 Commencement ceremonies at the hotels listed here. 

  • Photography

    Will there be a professional photographer taking photos of the graduates? Yes. 

    • Grad Images will be the official photographer for Wentworth Institute of Technology’s commencement ceremonies. 

    • Each student will be photographed twice, once as they are conferred their diploma by the president and again as they exit the stage in front of a Wentworth backdrop. 

    • Each graduate will receive ordering information from Grad Images via their Wentworth email and via a mailing to the student’s address on file from their graduate application. 

    • For additional information please visit the Grad Images website.

    • Guests may take photos from their seats, while seated. There is NO designated area at the front of the tent where photos can be taken during the ceremony and you will be asked to take your seat by security. 

    • Guests are not permitted to stand in chairs, in the aisles, or to move to the front of the tent at any time as this is disruptive to the flow of the ceremony and to all attendees.  

    • This is for reasons of safety and to not block the views of others. We encourage you to consider purchasing a professional photographs from Grad Images. 

    • Personal photographs may be taken on the campus after the ceremony.  

  • Food & Drink

    Will food and drink be available at the commencement ceremonies?

    Yes. Water will be provided for all guests attending commencement. We will also have breakfast and lunch concessions available for purchase. 

  • Watching Commencement Remotely

    Will Commencement be available to watch online?

    Yes, commencement will be livestreamed! 

    The event will be viewable via the Wentworth livestream at www.wit.edu/livestream.

    We recommend tuning into the event about 20 minutes beforehand. Commencement will also be recorded and available to watch on YouTube after the event as well.  

  • Prohibited Items

    • Wentworth is a smoke-free, drug-free and alcohol-free campus.  

    • Security has the right to inspect any item at any time for the purpose of safety. 

    • Prohibited items must be returned to cars or disposed of before entering the venue and will not be accepted by employees. There will be no place offered to store any of these items. 

    1. Alcohol 

    1. Animals (Service animals are permitted) 

    1. Artificial noisemakers (including air horns, whistles, etc.) 

    1. Balloons 

    1. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, vapes, marijuana, all forms of smokeless tobacco, clove cigarettes and any other smoking devices that use tobacco such as hookahs or simulate the use of tobacco such as electronic cigarettes 

    1. Fireworks of any kind (including smoke bombs and flares)  

    1. Flags on poles 

    1. Open flames 

    1. Glitter 

    1. Illegal drugs or chemicals 

    1. Laser pointers 

    1. Signs on sticks 

    1. Signs that block the view of others 

    1. Skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, roller shoes, etc. 

    1. Unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc. 

    1. Weapons of any kind (i.e. Knives, stun-guns, slingshots, concealed weapons including those carried with a permit, firearms, etc.) 

    1. Other items as may be determined by the event security, staff or management 

  • Wentworth merchandise and other items

    Can I buy Wentworth merchandise during commencement? 

    • The campus bookstore & other vendors will be open on campus to purchase gifts and souvenirs for graduates and guests before and after the ceremony.

  • Graduation Diplomas

    When should I expect my diploma? 

    • The Registrar's Office staff require 6-8 weeks from the official graduation date to clear all students for graduation. After this time diplomas, will begin to be mailed. A general guideline for this mailing is below:  

    If your graduation date is: 

    • April, your diploma will be mailed no later than June. 

    • August, your diploma will be mailed no later than October. 

    • December, your diploma will be mailed no later than February. 

    Name on Diploma 

    • Diplomas are printed using the name you provided on the graduation application. If you need to update any changes to your diploma, please contact the Registration Office. Please submit all changes no later than August 15th.  

    Mailing Address for Diploma 

    • Diplomas are mailed to the address on your graduation application. Please contact the registrar’s office to make any changes to your address 

  • Senior Housing - Move Out

    When do I need to move-out of my residence hall assignment?
     

    • Students who are not graduating will have until 24 hours after their last final or noon on Thursday, August 19th, whichever comes first.
       
    • Graduating seniors have until Monday, August 23rd by noon to move-out.
       
    • For move-out related questions, speak with your Resident Assistant or contact Residential and Commuter Life at housing@wit.edu or 617-989-4160.
  • Do you have a question that has not been answered here? 

    For questions regarding the commencement ceremony, please reach out to Linda Werman, Director of University Events, by email. Thank you.