Information for Degree Candidates
Planning for Commencement
Where do I pick up my tickets?
Tickets for the family and friends of undergraduate degree candidates can be picked up in Cruickshank Alumni Hall beginning Monday, May 4, through Friday, May 8, and Monday, May 11, through Friday, May 15. Once the Commencement Clearance Process (CCP) is complete, eight tickets will be given to each undergraduate candidate for seating under the tent. Ticket pickup hours will be posted on this site and on the Student Hub Commencement page.
Tickets are not required for the master’s degree ceremony.
How do I get my cap and gown?
You must complete the CCP in order to pick up these items. Caps, gowns, and tassels will be available at the bookstore the week of May 11. Regalia is furnished by the College at no charge and may be kept as souvenirs of this memorable occasion.
Please note: In order to participate in Commencement, all degree candidates must log into the Student Hub, where there will be a designated portlet for the CCP. There, 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, completing surveys, and returning laptops. This site will be made available to degree candidates approximately two weeks before Commencement.
What should I wear?
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. Tassels should be worn on the right front corner of your cap.
Where will my family and friends sit?
Family 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 guests that it tends to be cool under the tent.
Are there provisions for individuals with orthopedic/mobility-related impairment?
If any member of your party has an orthopedic/mobility-related impairment, please have them ask public safety officers on campus to direct them to the designated drop-off point. A golf cart will be available to take your guests to the tent. The golf carts accommodate up to three people. Babson hosts will be on duty under the tent to assist in any way they can. Do not hesitate to ask them for assistance. There is a reserved section for wheelchair-bound users. One other guest will be allowed to sit with them in this location.
Are there provisions for 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.
Am I allowed to bring my children on stage when accepting my diploma?
Due to safety precautions, graduates are not permitted to carry, or be accompanied by, children on stage. However, children are welcome to attend the ceremony.
Will there be a photographer at the ceremony?
Three professional photographers will take pictures of each graduate: first, before going on stage; second, when the graduate crosses the stage; and third, as the graduate leaves the stage with diploma in hand. We ask guests to remain in their seats. Within approximately two weeks after Commencement, you will receive photo proofs and an order form from Grad Images. Babson College serves only in the capacity of providing the photographer. All questions regarding photographs should be directed to the studio directly at the Grad Images website.
What if it rains on Commencement day?
Commencement will be held under the tent, rain or shine, in order to accommodate a larger audience. Participants and guests should come prepared if inclement weather is expected. In the event of an extreme weather emergency, please refer to the Commencement home page, or call the Babson College Information Line, 781-239-INFO (4636). Regardless of weather conditions, Babson will provide a live broadcast of the ceremony in Sorenson Theater for guest viewing. In addition, the ceremony can be viewed online. Please visit the home page for more information.
Where do I go on Commencement day?
Undergraduate degree candidates must assemble on the track in the Webster Center no later than 8:45 a.m.
Master’s degree candidates must assemble on the track in the Webster Center no later than 2 p.m.
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, members of governance, and faculty and staff to the tent on the Upper Athletic Fields.
Do I have to check in for line-up?
You will be checked in on the track by your section’s marshal. There is no other check-in required for Commencement.
When and where will the class photo be taken?
All degree candidate class photos will be taken in the Staake Gymnasium in the Webster Center. The undergraduate photo will be taken at 8:30 a.m., and the graduate photo will be taken at 1:30 p.m., just prior to assembling on the track for the procession.
When and where do I get my honors tassels?
Honors tassels will be distributed on Commencement day at the tassel table in the Webster Center.
What is a Special Goodbye?
The Special Goodbye is a Babson tradition that allows faculty, staff, students, parents, and friends to send congratulatory notes and cards to undergraduate degree candidates at the ceremony. All messages should be in a sealed envelope, with the first and last name of the candidate, and clearly marked Undergraduate School. The Events staff will place the Special Goodbyes on the candidate’s chair before the start of the ceremony. The deadline to submit cards and notes is April 24, 2015.
Is there a program following the ceremony?
Bachelor’s degree graduates and their guests are cordially invited to attend a light reception in the Reynolds Campus Center immediately following the undergraduate ceremony. Master’s degree graduates and their guests are invited to a reception in the Staake Gymnasium in the Webster Center following the graduate ceremony.
Is the bookstore open on Commencement day?
The Babson College bookstore, located in the Reynolds Campus Center, will be open on Commencement day. Please check the bookstore website for hours of operation. There will also be an annex on the Upper Athletic Fields selling diploma frames and Babson merchandise until 3:30 p.m.
Will the Commencement be green?
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. The fabric is spun from molten plastic pellets, and it takes about 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 biodegradable cups at water stations around the Commencement tent to decrease the number of water bottles.