Commencement

The Simmons University Commencement Ceremonies celebrate the achievements of undergraduate and graduate students who have successfully completed their degree programs. Degree candidates and their families are invited to participate in Simmons' in-person and virtual Commencement ceremonies.

Congratulations to the Class of 2024

The 119th Simmons University Commencement Ceremonies were held on Friday, May 17, 2024 at MGM Music Hall at Fenway.

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Congratulations to all of the graduates!

Commencement for the Class of 2025 will be held on Friday, May 16, 2025.  The details provided here are for reference purposes and will be updated in fall 2024.

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Celebrations for Undergraduate Students

Each year we celebrate the achievements of the graduating class with a number of festivities during the week before the Commencement ceremony. Events typically include a Social Hour, Senior Academic and Leadership Awards, Senior/Faculty Lunch, Commencement Ball, Food Trucks, Senior Toast, and more. 

Group of Graduate Students at the 2022 Commencement

Celebrations for Graduate Students

We offer several special Graduate Commencement Celebrations to celebrate the accomplishments of Doctoral and Master's students completing their degree requirements including a hooding ceremony, affinity breakfast and master's reception.

Class of 2023 student speaker, Abigayle Post

Commencement Ceremony Tickets and Venue

The ceremonies on May 17 will take place at MGM Music Hall at Fenway, located at 2 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA, a wheelchair accessible venue. Tickets are required. Get the details! 

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Staying in Boston

Staying in Boston for Commencement? Family and guests of students participating in the May 17, 2024 Commencement Ceremonies can book discounted accommodation at a number of nearby hotels.

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Commencement Day Details and Guidelines

Get all of the details you need to enjoy your day, from arrival and line-up through diploma pick up.

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Commencement Programs

Simmons has adopted an environmentally friendly approach to our Commencement programs. You can choose to view the list of names on our website, or download a program to print. 

Student at Commencement

Get a Personalized Graduation Video Clip

To celebrate the Class of 2024, Simmons University is providing each of our graduates with the opportunity to purchase a personalized StageClip.

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Reflections on The Simmons Experience

The members of the Simmons Class of 2024 are accomplished, engaged, and ready to take on the world.  

Meet some of our seniors

Guidelines and Policies


Students who will have completed their program degree requirements between July 2023 to May 2024 are invited to participate in Commencement. Please read the Commencement Participation guidelines for more information.

Students at Commencement

Undergraduate Eligibility and Timeline

Undergraduate students who have submitted their Senior Audit and are on track to complete their degree requirements by May 2024 will be automatically invited to participate in Commencement. Please note that seniors who have not completed their Senior Audit will not receive an invitation to RSVP.

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Graduate Eligibility and Timeline

Graduate students who are on track to complete their program requirements between July 2023 and May 2024, including the successful defense of a dissertation and/or a doctoral project, and its formal acceptance by their Program, will be automatically invited to participate in Commencement.

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Regalia

Participants are encouraged to review our standards related to the academic regalia and adornments worn. The policy applies to baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral graduates of Simmons University. Order your regalia by April 21, 2024.

Commencement Related News

A close-up image of a 2024 tassle hanging from a graduation cap

Simmons University Celebrates the Class of 2024

On Friday, May 17, 2024, Simmons University celebrated the 119th Commencement Ceremonies at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway. These events honored the many accomplishments of the Class of 2024. Simmons awarded over 500 baccalaureate degrees and nearly 2,100 graduate degrees during these ceremonies.


Abby (Bent) McKie ’00 ’02HS (R) and Dana Bent (C) at the 2024 Simmons Commencement

The Simmons Connection: A Tale of Two Sisters

Abby (Bent) McKie ’00 ’02HS graduated from Simmons with her Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics , Dietetic Internship Program Certificate, and Master’s Degree in Nutrition and Health Promotion . At her Commencement, a photographer snapped a picture of...


A side-by-side photo collage of Meredith Woo and Dr. Claudia Goldin

Simmons Names 2024 Commencement Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients

Two Honorary Degree recipients will be recognized during the 2024 Commencement ceremonies. Renowned American academic and author Dr. Meredith Woo will serve as Simmons’ Commencement speaker at the morning ceremony. Trailblazing Nobel Memorial Prize-winning economist Dr. Claudia Goldin will serve as our afternoon Commencement speaker.


Headshots of the 2024 Senior Scholar Award winners

Congratulations to the 2024 Senior Scholars

The annual Senior Scholar Award is sponsored by the Provost's Office and the Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships. The award recognizes six graduating seniors for their outstanding scholarship and contribution to a field of study.


UG Graduate Mortarboards - Class of 2023

Congratulations to the Class of 2023!

On Friday, May 19, 2023, Simmons University celebrated the 118th Commencement Ceremony at the MGM Music Hall at Fenway. The many accomplishments of the Class of 2023 were celebrated at the annual undergraduate and graduate ceremonies. Simmons awarded 400 baccalaureate...


Graduate Student standing cheering amongst fellow graduates

Simmons 2023 Graduate Commencement Ceremony Instills Legacies of Personal Narrative and Collective Memory

On Friday, May 19, Simmons University Graduate students processed into the MGM Music Hall at Fenway. In the first commencement ceremony to take place at the MGM, graduates filed in with triumphant smiles. Some graduates' mortar boards were decorated with...


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Simmons Names 2023 Commencement Speakers & Honorary Degree Recipients

Bestselling and Award-Winning Author Andrea Davis Pinkney will be the Undergraduate Commencement Speaker and Inaugural Director of the Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Tamar Evangelestia-Dougherty ’03MS will be the Graduate Commencement Speaker.


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Announcing the 2023 Senior Scholar Awards

The annual Senior Scholar Award is presented to six graduating seniors in recognition of outstanding scholarship and contribution to a field of study.