FAQs

Before Commencement Day

Students who graduate from a degree program in May 2022, December 2021, or August 2021 as well as students expected to complete their degree requirements in August 2022 are eligible to participate in Commencement 2022.

Please contact the Registrar’s Office or your academic advisor to confirm that you have met all of the requirements to be eligible to participate.

You are eligible to participate if you:

  1. are registered for your remaining degree requirements by the deadline sent to you by the Registrar’s Office,
  2. are on track to complete your degree requirements during the summer 2022 semester and graduate in August 2022,
  3. have a minimum 2.0 (undergraduate) or 2.8 (graduate) cumulative GPA,
  4. complete and submit an Application for Degree for August 2022, and
  5. complete the Commencement Clearance Process once it opens in May.

Guidance on invitation letters and a template letter can be found on the International Student & Scholar Services (ISSS) home page under the heading General Requests & Submissions. Email the ISSS for more information. 

The Commencement Clearance Process (CCP), has a designated portlet on the Hub that opens May 2 at 12 p.m. (noon) and closes May 11 at 6 p.m. All students who plan on participating in commencement must complete the requirements of the CCP such as fulfilling financial obligations, remaining in good standing with community standards, completing surveys, etc. The CCP will be available to all commencement participants.

Each undergraduate student gets six (6) tickets for the ceremony. You may reach out to your classmates and see if anyone would be willing to give you more, but that would be your only option for additional tickets. There is seating available in the Sorenson theater where guests can watch the commencement live, and these seats do not require tickets.

The graduate ceremony does not require tickets to sit under the tent, and each student is welcome to bring as many guests as they would like.

These items can only be picked up by the graduate. If you require an exception, and are unable to pick up items within the dates and times specified due to extraordinary circumstances, please contact the events management office at 781-239-5265.

Please find out what special accommodation is required and contact the events management office. There are special accommodation seating sections on either side of the tent. It is important to know that only one other person is allowed to sit with the individual that requires the accommodation. When you contact the events management office please provide the following information:

  1. Ceremony information: undergraduate or graduate.
  2. The graduate’s name.
  3. The name of the guest who needs the special accommodation.
  4. What accommodation the individual will need; Please note, we are not able to provide wheelchairs.
  5. The name of the person that will be seated with the guest who requires the accommodation.

All requests must be submitted to the Events Management Office no later than Friday, April 15, 2022. We will try our best, but may not be able to accommodate requests that come in past the deadline.

That Special Goodbye: This Babson tradition allows faculty, administrators, undergraduates, fellow graduates, parents, and friends to send congratulatory notes and cards to graduates at the ceremony. Please provide a return address.

  • Your message should be in a sealed envelope, with the first and last name of the candidate on it and clearly marked Undergraduate Ceremony.
  • Only standard-size greeting cards will be accepted.
  • Provide a return address.
  • Do not send packages or flowers, as they are difficult to handle.

Submit your card, not later than Friday, April 15, 2022 to:

Babson College
That Special Goodbye – Student’s Name
Events Management Office, Nichols Hall
Babson Park, MA  02457-0310

On Commencement Day

As we honor the achievements of our graduates, we also continue to prioritize the health and safety of our community. Please be aware of the following Covid recommendations for Commencement:

  • Up-to-date Covid-19 vaccination is recommended.
  • Individuals who are not up-to-date with Covid-19 vaccination should test in advance of attending Commencement events and must mask when indoors.

Anyone who is sick or experiencing Covid-19 symptoms should stay home and may not participate in any in-person events. Our ceremonies will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in person.

Both undergraduate and graduate ceremonies will be held outdoors, under a tent on the upper athletic fields. Attendees who prefer to mask are welcome to do so and there will be room for social distancing.

Discussions are underway regarding smaller indoor ceremonies and celebrations and additional information for specific events will be communicated as needed.

Decisions regarding Covid protocols continue to be driven by campus data, informed by federal, state and local public health guidance, and made in consultation with Babson’s external consultants, Environmental Health & Engineering (EHE).

Undergraduate Ceremony

Check-in will start at 7:30 a.m. in the Babson Recreation Athletic Complex (BRAC), and the class photo will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Staake Gymnasium. You should be in your robes for the class photo. After the class photo, procession lines will begin on the track. You need to be on the track to line up by 8:45 a.m.

Graduate Ceremony

Check-in will start at 12:30 p.m. in the Babson Recreation Athletic Complex (BRAC), and the class photo will be at 1:30 p.m. in the Staake Gymnasium. You should be in your robes for the class photo. After the class photo, procession lines will begin on the track. You need to be on the track to line up by 1:45 p.m.

Personal items cannot be stored in the Webster Building. There is no safe place to store personal items and other people will be in the building throughout the day.

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. After the ceremony please have your family and guests meet you at Reynolds Campus Center.

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. After the ceremony please instruct your family and guests to meet you at the Webster Center.

Please try to arrive early. Your tickets, cap and gown will be held for you at check-in. It is important that you arrive early to pick up your tickets so that you can get them to your guests and still make it back for the class photo.

Honors tassels will be given out at the check in tables, located at the Babson Recreation Athletic Complex (BRAC). Please bring your student ID with you.

If you are a May 2022 graduate, you should expect to receive your diploma at the Commencement ceremony unless you have an outstanding obligation due to the College, such as an outstanding balance due or a laptop to return. May 2022 graduates who do not attend the Commencement ceremony will have their diploma mailed to them between the end of May and middle of June.

If you graduated in August or December of last year, you should have already received your diploma. If you are completing your degree requirements over the summer and graduating this August, your diploma will be mailed to you in September upon successful completion of your degree. If you have an outstanding obligation due to the College, such as an outstanding balance due or a laptop to return, you will not receive your diploma until these obligations are cleared.

For additional Commencement information please contact the relevant department:

General Questions and Accessibility Accommodations 781-239-5265
eventsmanagement@babson.edu
Campus Store 781-239-4375
Center for Career Development – Graduate 781-239-4210
Center for Career Development – Undergraduate 781-239-4215
Glavin Office of Multicultural & International Education 781-239-4565
glavinoffice@babson.edu
Graduate Student Services 781-239-4474
Grad Week Activities – Graduate graduatestudentcouncil@babson.edu
Registrar – F.W. Olin Graduate School
Donna Dubrawski
ddubrawski@babson.edu
Registrar – Undergraduate
Abby Power
apower@babson.edu
Senior Week Activities – Undergraduate 781-239-4438
ose@babson.edu
Student Financial Services 781-239-4219