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Commencement 2022 Information for Graduates

graduate speaking at commencement podium for Commencement 2020
Graduate standing in line and smiling for 42nd Commencement

Congratulations Class of 2022! You have worked hard, studied, and achieved your academic goals. We look forward to celebrating your success!

Pre-Commencement Activities

Student Awards Celebration and Dinner, Thursday, May 5, 2022, 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm, Student Commons (Building 3, First Floor). Come celebrate the class of 2022 and your classmates! Please note, if you are an awards recipient, you will receive a formal invitation from the Office of Student Life.
RSVP here

Graduation BBQ – Invite your family members to attend!
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Building 3 Courtyard (Rain Location: Student Commons)
RSVP here

Ice Cream Social – Enjoy ice cream and spend time with RCC faculty!
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Building 3 Courtyard (Rain Location: Student Commons)
RSVP here

Alumni Mixer – Attend your first alumni event! Network with other RCC alumni and grow your professional network.
Thursday, May 12, 2022
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Student Commons (Building 3, 1st Floor)
RSVP here

Commencement 2022

Time and Place

Graduation is scheduled for Friday, May 13, 2022 at 1:00 p.m., at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.  It is imperative that all graduates arrive by 11:30 am for check-in and line-up. (Please report to the Reggie Lewis Center Gym).

Following the ceremony, all graduates and guests are invited to a post-commencement reception in the Reggie Lewis Center Gym from 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

Tickets

All guests must have tickets to attend the commencement ceremony. You can pick up your tickets during graduation rehearsals on May 6th and May 9th from 9:00am – 1:00pm in the Students Commons. If you cannot attend rehearsals, please email emccummings@rcc.mass.edu to schedule a pickup time.

Graduation Rehearsals and Cap & Gown Pick-up

There are two rehearsals scheduled for commencement. Please attend the session that best fits with your schedule. To RSVP, please email emccummings@rcc.mass.edu.

Option 1: Friday, May 6, 2022, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Student Commons
9:00 am - Graduation gown and commencement tickets pickup, mix and mingle with classmates, games, and fun!
11:00 am - Graduation Practice
12:00 pm – Lunch 

Option 2: Monday, May 9, 2022, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm, Student Commons
9:00 am - Graduation gown & commencement tickets pickup, mix and mingle with classmates, games, and fun!
11:00 am - Graduation Practice
12:00 am – Lunch

Honor Cords and Stoles

Students graduating with a cumulative average of 3.00 - 4.00 will receive an Honors Cord. Cords will be distributed at graduation upon check-in.

Caps & Gowns

RCC students should pick up their caps and gowns at rehearsal. If you cannot attend rehearsal, please email emccumings@rcc.mass.edu to schedule a pick-up time.

Cap and Gown Costs: FREE

COVID-19 Safety Protocols

RCC’s 2022 commencement ceremony will be a mask-optional event, with masks available at the entryway for any attendee in need. Graduates, faculty members, and staff participating in commencement are expected to have their COVID-19 vaccination status uploaded to VeriFLY or an accommodation on file with the College. Any graduate without a vaccination record in VeriFLY (or otherwise on-file with the College) or an existing accommodation should contact Dean of Students Robyn Shahid-Bellot at rshahid-bellot@rcc.mass.edu to discuss available accommodations for the commencement ceremony.

Please note that COVID-19 safety protocols are based on current guidance from the CDC, DPH, and BPHC. Guidelines are subject to change and may include mask requirements or COVID-19 vaccination requirements for attendees if COVID-19 infection rates and hospitalizations in Greater Boston increase.

Accommodations, Assistance, or Special Seating

If you or any of your guests require assistance or special seating, please let us know so that we may accommodate you. Contact Director of Academic Support Josh Crary at jcrary@rcc.mass.edu or 857-701-1410 by Monday, May 2, 2022.

Live Streaming

The RCC Commencement Committee and the Broadcast Media Technology Department are proud to announce that we will be streaming the 46th Commencement Ceremony live in its entirety.  The stream will go live at 12:45 pm on Friday, May 13, 2022.  If you are graduating and have loved ones that are unable to attend the ceremony, they can witness you receiving your certificate or degree on stage.  The livestream will be available on RCC’s Facebook Page and YouTube channel.