April Commencement Postponed

until Saturday, August 15th, 10AM on the quad
More details coming soon - thank you for understanding

Date of next ceremony

Saturday, August 15th, 2020 | 10:00 AM

Location

The Quad
Wentworth Institute of Technology
550 Huntington Avenue, Boston

Number of Tickets

Graduates can request up to 5 (five) tickets

For Graduates

Information about applying to graduate

Eligibility

Check your eligibility on the Registrar's Website




Jan 16th
100 Day Countdown
Mar 16th
Graduation Application Deadline
Apr 7th
Caps & Gown Fest
Apr 21st
Senior Week
Apr 23rd
Senior Send Off
Apr 25th
Commencement Ceremony

FAQs

Participation

    Am I registered to graduate and attend Commencement?

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


    What time do I need to report on the morning of Commencement?

    • Report by 8:00 am.
    • Graduates will report to Tansey Gymnasium. Family and friends will proceed to the tent on the Quad, where you will meet your graduate 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 all entry points. See prohibited item list.

Tickets and Seating

    How many tickets will I receive?

  • Each graduate will receive five (5) complimentary tickets.
  • How can I get more than five Commencement tickets?

  • There will be a wait list option to request one (1) additional ticket. The waitlist pool comes from tickets donated back by students who will not use their full allotment.
    The waitlist request is not a guarantee and may not be fulfilled. A lottery will take place and waitlist tickets will be awarded based on the number available. For those unable to attend, The Ceremony can be viewed via livestream. Tickets may not be sold, per Mass general law.
  • Tickets are “General Seating”

  • General seating means seats are on a first come, first served basis.
  • Do small children need a ticket to attend Commencement?

  • A ticket is required for all those ages five (5) and older. Babies and children under five years old do not need tickets.

Regalia

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

  • Caps and gowns are free, and will be available at cap and gown pickup on Tuesday, April 7th from 3:30-7:00 PM in Multipurpose Room, Beatty Hall.
  • If you cannot attend, the registrar's office will contact you to make arrangements.
  • For online and distance students, your cap and gown will be sent to you at no charge.

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 diploma name listed on the graduation application. You can view and update your diploma name at the Student Service Center. Please submit all changes no later than April 16, 2020.
  • Mailing Address for Diploma

  • Diplomas are mailed to the address on your graduation application.

Accessibility and Mobility Needs

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

  • For any guest requiring an assistive listening device, wheelchair escort or in need of sign language interpretation, we ask you to complete this form to help us make arrangements for your visit to campus. Thank you.
  • Is there first aid support?

  • Yes. EMT's will be on-site.

Hotel Information

  • August 2020 Commencement

    The Inn at Longwood Medical (342 Longwood Avenue, Boston - 1 mi from WIT)

    Reservations will be made by individual attendees directly with Hotel’s reservations at 1 (800) 468-2378 or (617) 731-4700 and by using the booking code WITA0820 or visiting the website's booking page.

    The Midtown Hotel (220 Huntington Avenue, Boston - 0.8 mi from WIT)

    Guests can call the hotel directly at 617-262-1000 or 800-343-1177 to reserve into the block name WIT COMMENCEMENT TWO, or they can visit Midtown's website and enter the group code WITCOMTWO when booking.

    Sheraton Boston Hotel (39 Dalton Street, Boston – 1.1 mi from WIT)

    Guests may contact the Reservations Center at 1.888.627.7054 and mention Wentworth (or group code TEC) along with the hotel name (Sheraton Boston Hotel) or book through the website.

    The Colonnade Hotel (120 Huntington Avenue, Boston - 1 mi from WIT)

    To reserve call 1-800-962-3030 and refer to group code WEN13A. You can also book a room on the hotel's website.

Photography

    How can my family take a photograph as I receive my diploma?

  • Everybody may take photos from their seats. Guests are not permitted to stand in chairs or in the aisles at any time, both for reasons of safety and because to do so would block the views of others. We strongly recommend the professional photographs from Commencement Photos Inc (CPI).

Alumni Status & Benefits

  • What University Services are available to me as an alumnus/a?

    Any graduate, from any class year, background, or program is automatically a member of the Wentworth Alumni Association. If you want to remain involved and volunteer your time and talent to furthering the University’s mission, we invite you to become a member of the Wentworth Alumni Association Board of Directors.

    Other volunteer opportunities include Alumni Admissions Ambassador, Leopard Ambassador, Class Correspondent, and more! Check out the full list of positions available.

    Alumni can utilize WITworks via Career Services to search for jobs, or to advertise jobs to current students.

    Alumni have full access to use resources at the Douglas D. Schumann Library. Please stop by the Alumni Relations office (Wentworth Hall, 2019) to get your individual Alumni ID Card to use library services.

    Alumni will have access to their @wit.edu email account and their Microsoft Office 365 tools (Word, Excel, OneDrive, Sharepoint, etc.) for one (1) year after your date of graduation. Prior the end of the year deadline, alumni will be reminded to save and transfer all documents from the Microsoft Office 365 tools before their access expires. However, alumni will be able to utilize their @wit.edu account as an email forwarding service by filling out a form (to be communicated at a later date). Accounts for those who do not opt in will be deactivated after the one (1) year period.

    As alumni, you will be informed of University News, Alumni and Career Networking opportunities, and Social Event invitations through various news and publication channels. Please make sure your email, phone, and mailing address information is up to date so you can stay informed and engaged with the University and the Alumni communities.

    From time to time, you may need to access your academic records for employment opportunities. To request your official transcripts, please visit the Registrar Office’s online transcript request platform.

    What external services and resources are available to me as an alumnus/a?

    We have several partnerships and discount programs available to alumni through 3rd party organizations, see a full list here. Included in this list is a discount partnership with Liberty Mutual Insurance policies.

    Where can I find a list of upcoming alumni events?

    Our website is always up-to-date with upcoming alumni events happening on-campus, in Boston, across the country, and around the globe. Check out our alumni events website to see a full calendar of events!

Children

    Is there accommodation to feed and change a baby?

  • Yes, please advise your family that there are multiple restrooms available.
  • Do small children need a ticket to attend Commencement?

  • A ticket is required for children ages five (5) and older. Infants and children under five years old do not need tickets.

Ceremony

    How long is the ceremony?

  • We expect the ceremony to last approximately 1.5 hours.

Weather

    What if it rains?

  • Commencement is indoors and will be held rain or shine.

For Faculty and Staff

    I'm a faculty or staff member at Wentworth. How can I participate?

  • If you are a staff member interested in volunteering for the event, please complete the Staff Participation Form by March 1st, 2020..
  • How do I register to participate in Commencement at Wentworth?

  • Please complete the Faculty Participation Form no later than March 1st, 2020.
  • Where and when does faculty robing take place?

  • Faculty robing begins at 8:00 AM in the Dr. Zorica Pantic Commons, Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Sciences.
  • Is there someone with whom I can talk about participation and my role that day? I’d like to learn more and/or have specific questions.

  • Please contact Linda Werman
  • I’m new to all of this and have never participated before. Is it appropriate for me to sign up?

  • Absolutely! Whether this is your first Commencement or your twentieth, we welcome faculty members at all levels of appointment.
  • What if I need regalia?

  • Please complete the Faculty Participation form no later than March 1st, 2020.
  • Do I (a faculty member) need a ticket to participate in Commencement?

  • No.
  • Where do I park?

    Faculty will be directed to the parking lot on Ward Street near the Mass College of Art.

    Do you have a question that has not been answered here?

    For questions regarding the commencement ceremony, please contact Linda Werman, Director of University Events, at 617-989-4378, or by email.

Prohibited Items

  • Wentworth events are smoke-free, drug-free and alcohol-free.
  • 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
    2. Animals (Service animals are permitted)
    3. Artificial noisemakers (including air horns, whistles, etc.)
    4. Latex Balloons - Mylar only
    5. 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
    6. Fireworks of any kind (including smoke bombs and flares)
    7. Flags on poles
    8. Open flames
    9. Glitter or confetti
    10. Illegal drugs or chemicals
    11. Laser pointers
    12. Signs on sticks
    13. Signs that block the view of others
    14. Skateboards, roller blades, roller skates, roller shoes, etc.
    15. Unapproved pamphlets, handouts, advertisements, etc.
    16. Weapons of any kind (i.e. Knives, stun-guns, slingshots, concealed weapons including those carried with a permit, firearms, etc.)
    17. Other items as may be determined by the event security, staff or management