Information for Guests
Planning for Commencement
Directions to Babson
Please see the
Babson Wellesley page for maps and directions.
On Commencement day, all parking areas, except for the reserved parking around the Webster Center, will be available to guests. While at first glance Babson may appear to have more than adequate parking, we assure you that every lot is full on Commencement day. Some parking areas are a 10- to 15-minute walk to the ceremony site; therefore, we recommend that guests arrive early.
Commencement Week Events
Accessibility Accommodations for Guests with Disabilities
Babson College is committed to providing accommodations for individuals with visual, hearing, and/or orthopedic/mobility-related impairments.
- For individuals with an orthopedic/mobility-related impairment, special drop-off locations with golf-cart transportation to the tent are located on the Coleman Hall side of the Upper Athletic Fields and at the Webster Center. Directional signage will be posted.
- Seating is available to accommodate any guest with a mobility-assistance device. Please call the Events Management Office at 781-239-5265 to make arrangements, no later than Friday, April 21, 2017.
- For individuals with a hearing impairment, assistive listening devices (Nady ALD-800) will be provided upon request.
Please call the Events Management Office at 781-239-5265 before April 21, 2017, to request a device, to ask questions regarding any other accessibility issues, or to request an accommodation not listed.
Professional photographers will take pictures of each graduate: first, when the graduate crosses the stage; and then, 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.
That Special Goodbye
This Babson tradition allows faculty, administrators, undergraduates, parents, and friends to send congratulatory notes and cards to undergraduate degree candidates at the ceremony. Your message should be in a sealed standard-sized envelope, with the first and last name of the candidate on it and clearly marked Undergraduate School. The Events Management Office staff will place your envelope on the candidate’s chair before the start of the ceremony.
Only greeting cards will be accepted. We ask that you present any packages, flowers, or money after the ceremony. Please submit your card or note (with a return address), no later than Friday, April 21, 2017 to:
That Special Goodbye – Student’s Name
Events Management Office
Babson Park, MA 02457-0310
Children are welcome to attend the ceremony; however, due to safety precautions, graduates are not permitted to carry, or be accompanied by, children on stage.
Pets and Prohibited Items
We ask that you leave pets at home. With the exception of visual assistance dogs, no pets of any kind are allowed in the Commencement tent.
The following items are prohibited at Commencement:
- Unmanned aircraft systems
- Remote-controlled model aircraft
- Any type of portable chair or seat, other than those approved for persons with accessibility issues
- Laptop bags, backpacks, duffel bags, suitcases, large purses, and any other type of large carry item
- Any alcoholic beverages
- Weapons of any kind [including knives]
- Illegal drugs or substances
- Coolers or containers, including cans and bottles
- Fireworks or pyrotechnics
- Animals, except service animals assisting those with disabilities
- Folding and/or standalone chairs
- Noisemakers, bullhorns, or air horns
- Balloons or beach balls
Places of Worship
The Glavin Family Chapel on campus is an interfaith place of worship. The schedule of services during Commencement weekend will be posted at the chapel and on the
Worship Services page. There are several churches and synagogues in and around Wellesley. See
Off Campus Services for an expanded list.
Commencement will be held under the tent, rain or shine, in order to accommodate a larger audience. Since New England weather can vary in May, we ask our guests to dress appropriately for the conditions. Candidates and guests must provide their own umbrellas and raincoats. Participants and guests should come prepared if inclement weather is expected on Commencement day.
Please note: Regardless of weather conditions, Babson will provide a live broadcast of the ceremony in the Carling-Sorenson Theater for guest viewing if they choose to be inside.
In the event of an extreme weather emergency, please refer to the Babson home page or the Babson College Information Line, 781-239-INFO (4636), for detailed information.
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.
Undergraduate ceremony guests should go straight to the tent and should be seated by 9:30 a.m. to ensure they get a seat. The tent will open for seating at 8:30 a.m.
Graduate ceremony guests should go straight to the tent and should be seated by 2:30 p.m. to ensure they get a seat. The tent will open for seating at 1:45 p.m.
The academic procession will form on the track inside the Webster Athletic Center beginning at 8:40 a.m. It will proceed in two lines to the tent via the walkway beside the turf field. The order of the procession is as follows: chief marshal, members of governance, faculty and staff, valedictorian, academic honors program graduates, graduating seniors, and the platform party.
The formal ceremony begins when all members of the platform party have reached the stage. Students will recess through the front of the tent to Webster. We instruct guests to meet their graduates at the Reynolds Campus Center.
Babson hosts, identified by green ribbons on their name tags, will be stationed throughout the campus on Commencement day to provide any assistance that may be needed.
Babson's Class of 2018 is sponsoring a flower sale for families at commencement. Guests may
pre-order commencement flowers, or purchase them the day of the ceremony at the tent area. Proceeds to these flower sales will help off-set costs of the Class of 2018's senior week next May.
Concession Tents/Campus Store
Concession tents selling food and beverages will be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Diploma frames and Babson clothing and gifts may be purchased on the Upper Athletic Fields. The Campus Store in the Donald W. Reynolds Campus Center will be open on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Please check the
Campus Store site for hours of operation.
Restrooms are located on both floors of the Webster Center and in the residence halls adjacent to the field. In addition, there will be portable facilities close to the Commencement tent area. Facilities are accessible to physically challenged guests.
Water stations will be located at several points around the Commencement tent.
Medical services will be available at the first-aid vehicle, located on site.
As a courtesy to others, we ask that all mobile devices be muted during the ceremony. Those wishing to use their devices may use them outside the tent.
Lost and Found
Lost and found articles will be held by the Office of Public Safety at 781-239-5555.