Spring Commencement

Saturday, April 26 at 10:00 a.m. The Quad

Prior to the Ceremony

How will my name appear on my diploma?
Your name will appear as you provide it to the Registrar through the Online Graduation Application via Leopardweb.

When and where do I receive my cap, gown and Commencement announcements? Are they free?
Caps, gowns, and announcements are free, and will be available at cap and gown pickup on April 9, 2014. There are two sessions: one for day program students from 12pm to 3:30pm outside of the Student Service Center in Williston Hall, and a second for College of Professional and Continuing Education students and students on co-op from 5pm to 7pm in Watson 206.

How many guests are permitted per graduate?
Each graduate will receive four (4) commencement announcements to serve as guest invitations. Although Commencement is not a ticketed event, we encourage you to use this number as a general guideline for capacity reasons. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Is there a way that someone who cannot attend in person can still watch Commencement?

Commencement will be streamed live, and can be watched in two ways:

  • On any web browser at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/Wentworth-institute-of-technology
  • Using the USTREAM mobile app, available on the App Store (for Apple iOS) or Google Play (for Android). The channel is Wentworth-institute-of-technology, or search for WITEVENTS

Can I purchase additional graduation announcements as a keepsake to commemorate the event?
Commemorative graduation announcements may be purchased through Balfour by calling 877-225-3687 or ordering on-line at www.balfour.com. Please note the purchase of additional announcements does not permit additional guests. Please use the four (4) announcements given to graduates as a general guideline.

What lodging options are available in the area?

There are a number of lodging options available both near Wentworth and in the Boston area.

Do local hotels offer a discounted rate for families attending graduation?

Wentworth has an agreement with The Inn at Longwood Medical to hold a block of rooms for Wentworth families at a discounted rate. Reservations can be made at 1-800-468-2378 or 617-731-4700. Please mention "Wentworth Commencement" when making the reservation to receive the discounted rate.

Students and families can also get a discounted rate at any of Boston's Starwood Hotels (Sheraton Boston, Westin Copley Place, Westin Boston Waterfront, and W Boston). For more information on this program, click here.

What if I am graduating in August?

Information for summer commencement will be posted at the start of the summer semester. The summer ceremony is on Saturday, August 16 at 2 p.m., and will be held at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (formerly the Bank of America Pavilion).

Day of the Ceremony

How do I get to Wentworth?

Please follow these directions to campus.

Where can I park at Wentworth?
You can park on campus for Commencement, please refer to our Commencement parking map for lot locations.

When should graduates report for robing and line-up? 
Graduates will assemble in Tansey Gymnasium by 9 am. Make sure you bring your cap and gown with you! Please make arrangements to leave personal items (bags, presents, etc.) with family or other guests, as no items will be stored in Tansey during the ceremony.

Students needing last minute regalia (cap, gown, tassel, and hood) will also be able to get this in Tansey the morning of the ceremony. NOTE: Master's degree students will receive their hoods on stage during the ceremony.

When can guests arrive on campus?

Families and guests of graduates may arrive on campus starting at 8am.

Is there assigned seating?
No. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests should be seated by 9:45 a.m. prior to the procession of the graduates. The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

What if it rains?
The ceremony will continue as planned. The Quad is tented, but guests should dress accordingly.

Are there photo opportunities?
Commencement Photos Inc will take a picture of every graduate as the graduate receives his/her diploma from the President. Information will be sent home to graduates' families before Commencement with information about the company's products and services. After Commencement day, graduates will receive a proof of this photo and information for placing an order.

Will a DVD of the ceremony be available?
Yes, Commencement Photos will also produce a video of the Commencement ceremony that will be available for purchase for $40.

Will Wentworth memorabilia be available for purchase during Commencement?

The Wentworth Bookstore will have a table on site during the ceremony for friends and family members to purchase roses and gifts for their graduate. In addition, the Bookstore in Beatty Hall will be open before, during, and after the ceremony. For more information, visit the Bookstore website: www.thewitshop.com

What restaurants are available near campus?

This list provides a number of dining options near campus and in the Boston area.

Will staff be available during the ceremony in case of emergencies?
Security staff and emergency personnel will be available during the ceremony.

When will I receive my diploma?
Diplomas should arrive at the address given in your graduation application 4 to 6 weeks after Commencement.

Post-Commencement Reception

The architecture department will hold a reception from 11:30 to 12:30 for the Masters of Architecture students, friends, and families on the 3rd floor Annex North. Thesis Faculty will be saying a few words and recognizing outstanding achievement beginning at 12 noon. 

Contact Information

Who should I contact with questions?
For questions regarding degree clearance or diploma information, please e-mail commencement@wit.edu.

For questions regarding cap & gown pickup, parking, or wheelchair accessibility issues, please call the Commencement Hotline at 617-989-4670 or e-mail commencement@wit.edu.

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