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Commencement 2014

Information for Degree Candidates

Where do I go on Commencement day? 

Degree candidates assemble in the Webster Center on the track. Signs will be placed around the track indicating your position in line. Candidates will form a double line behind the appropriate sign and will be checked in by marshals. Candidates MUST be in appropriate order. You will then be led out of the Webster Center by the chief marshal, governance, faculty and staff to the tent on the Upper Athletic Fields.

Undergraduate degree candidates must assemble in the Webster Center on the track no later than 8:45 a.m.

Master’s degree candidates must assemble in the Webster Center on the track no later than 1:30 p.m.


For women, appropriate attire might be a dress or skirt and blouse with low heels. The ground in and around the tent is uneven and it’s easy to stumble.

For men, a shirt and tie are appropriate with dress slacks. If it’s a warm day, do not wear a jacket. The robe you will be wearing can get quite warm, and a jacket might become uncomfortable.

Caps should be worn straight and parallel to the ground. Bobby pins can be used to hold caps in place.

Baby Carriages 

Children are certainly welcome; however, accommodating carriages is difficult since the aisles cannot be blocked due to fire laws. There will be several rows of double width for carriages. If one of your guests plans to attend with a baby carriage, please instruct them to locate and sit in this wide row area. Hosts will be on site to help with seating and we ask that you comply with their efforts to ensure that everyone is seated comfortably.

Cap and Gown 

Caps, gowns, and tassels will be available at the bookstore the week of May 12. Regalia is furnished by the College at no charge and may be kept as souvenirs for this memorable occasion.

Please note: In order to participate in Commencement, all degree candidates must log into the Babson Portal where there will be a designated portlet for the Commencement Clearance Process. Here, candidates will view and complete the requirements necessary to pick up their cap and gown and participate in the ceremony. Requirements include fulfilling financial obligations, surveys, laptop return, etc. This site will be made available to degree candidates approximately two weeks before Commencement.

Class Photo

The undergraduate degree candidate class photo will be taken in the Staake Gymnasium in the Webster Center at 8:30 a.m., just prior to assembling on the track for the procession.

The master’s degree candidate class photo will be taken on the steps of Knight Auditorium at 1 p.m., just prior to assembling at the Webster Center on the track for the procession.

Honors Tassels

Honors tassels will be distributed on Commencement day at the lineup area in the Webster Center.

Invitations / Announcements 

Personalized announcements/invitations may be purchased online from Balfour, at or by calling 1-877-225-3687. When purchasing, be sure you order announcements for the appropriate ceremony (undergraduate versus graduate), and allow three weeks for delivery. Please note: Announcements are not considered tickets and will not gain you access under the tent.

Parents and Friends Seating 

Parents and friends will be seated in sections behind and beside the candidates. Degree candidates will occupy the left and right center sections of the tent. Please inform family that it tends to be cool under the tent.

Post-Ceremony Receptions 

Undergraduate Ceremony

A light reception will be held in the Reynolds Campus Center immediately following the exercises. Graduates and guests are cordially invited to attend.

Graduate Ceremony

A light reception will be held in the Webster Center immediately following the exercises. Graduates and guests are cordially invited to attend.


Babson has taken the following strides to go green at Commencement:

  • All degree candidates will be wearing eco-friendly caps and gowns made from 100 percent post-consumer, recycled plastic bottles. They are made of fabric spun from molten plastic pellets and take an average of 23 bottles to make each gown.
  • Babson diplomas are printed on cotton parchment, which is 100 percent cotton rag paper made from recovered tree-free fibers through cotton ginning waste and textile cuttings. The manufacturing plant is located in Massachusetts.
  • Every attempt is made to use recycled paper for our printed programs, booklets, tickets, and other materials.
  • We have greatly decreased our paper usage by using e-communications for the majority of our communications regarding Commencement.
  • The cups, plates, napkins, and cutlery used at the receptions are biodegradable.
  • We offer water stations around the Commencement tent with biodegradable cups to decrease the amount of water bottles.

Ticket Pickup

Tickets for the family and friends of undergraduate degree candidates can be picked up in Cruickshank Alumni Hall beginning Monday, May 5 through Friday, May 9, and Monday, May 12 through Friday, May 16. Once the Commencement Clearance Process is complete, eight tickets will be given to each undergraduate candidate for seating under the tent.

Tickets are not required for the master’s degree ceremony.


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