Graduating Students

Congratulations! Here is the information you'll need to prepare for the big day.

Questions? Don't hesitate to contact us.

Number of Guests

The University will grant a record number of graduate degrees in 2018-19. So that all graduates and guests are able to attend, we will allow up to 4 guests per graduate. Please only invite up to 4 guests so that we can ensure that all graduates are able to bring guests. Officials will close the gate when the venue reaches capacity.

Each ceremony will be streamed live on and can be viewed from anywhere in and outside of the city.

Commencement Survey

The invitation survey to participate in Commencement has been sent to Simmons email addresses for current student and to personal emails of record for those who have graduated after May 2018. Kindly RSVP by May 3rd. If you have not received an invitation, please check your spam folder before contacting

Graduation Fair

The Bookstore Graduation Fair is on May 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Common Grounds. Students have the opportunity to purchase class rings, decorate your graduation cap, purchase regalia, and receive information about commencement ceremonies.


Regalia for all degrees can be ordered online through April 25th. Learn more.

Doctoral Hooding

The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will take place at Simmons University in the Holmes Sports Center Gymnasium (floor 2) on the residence campus at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 16th.

Doctoral candidates should report to floor 2 of the Holmes Sports Center on the residence campus at 1:45 PM with their hoods in hand to prepare for the ceremony.

    Graduate Entrance

    If you're facing the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, the graduate entrance is to the left of the main gate and will be marked "GRADUATE ENTRANCE." Commencement staff members will be on duty outside the venue to direct graduates to the appropriate entrance. Guests will enter using the main gates.

    Food & Drink

    Food and drink will be available via the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion concession booths.


    Professional photographers from Commencement Photos will be present to take each graduate's picture as they cross the stage.

    For those who RSVP'd to Commencement, Commencement Photo will send you a special mailing with ordering information. Contact Commencement Photo with questions at 978-851-5924.

    Class Rings, Announcements and Diploma Frames

    Please visit the Balfour website to place an order for class rings or graduation announcement packages. They can also be reached at 1-877-BALFOUR with any questions.

    The bookstore offers a variety of frames designed to fit your Simmons diploma. Celebrate your achievement and find the frame that suits your success. Shop our collection.

    Unable to Attend?

    If you are not able to attend the Commencement ceremony on May 17th, you will be able to pick up your diploma with photo identification in the Office of the Registrar (room C116 of the Main College Building) starting on Tuesday, May 21.

    Any diploma not picked up by the student will be sent to the student's address in June. Learn more about diplomas and transcripts.