Graduate Student Commencement Celebrations

We are pleased to offer three special Graduate Commencement Celebrations to celebrate the accomplishments of Doctoral and Master's students completing their degree requirements.

Note that each event has a deadline for registration.  See the individual event pages linked at the bottom of this page for details.

Doctoral Hooding Ceremonies

Each doctoral candidate is individually recognized for their accomplishments and draped with a hood by their respective program director. The ceremony also includes a faculty and student speech, and concludes with a reception and social in the University Fens Cafe.

Elevated and Empowered: Graduate Affinity Breakfast & Celebration

The graduate affinity breakfast celebrates the scholarly accomplishments of graduate students from underrepresented cultural, ethnic, and social communities. Students are invited to dress in regalia and bring cultural stoles that reflect their identities. These stoles will be draped over the student's neck by a program director or faculty representative after their name is announced.

The Graduate Affinity Breakfast & Celebration is sponsored by the Division of Student Engagement, Success, and Diversity, ODEI, and the Provost's Office.

All Programs Master's Reception

The Master's Reception celebrates the achievements of graduating Master's degree students across all disciplines and brings students and faculty together for a champagne toast, hors d'oeuvres, and networking.

The Master's Reception is sponsored by The Division of Student Engagement and the Provost's Office.

Upcoming Graduate Commencement Events

Elevated and Empowered: Graduate Affinity Breakfast & Celebration

  • May 16, 2024
  • 9:30 am to 11:00 am
  • Simmons University Library

Doctoral Hooding Ceremonies

  • May 16, 2024
  • 12:30 pm
  • Linda K. Paresky (LKP) Conference Center, A-310

All Programs Master's Reception

  • May 16, 2024
  • 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Simmons University Library