Commencement

Attention 2016 graduates, pictures and video are now available!


Steve Grossman2016 Commencement Speaker: Steve Grossman
A prominent business and political voice in Massachusetts, Steve Grossman delivered the 2016 Commencement address on Sunday, May 15th. Grossman, the former Treasurer for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a gubernatorial candidate, currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer for the Boston-based non-profit Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), where he leads a dynamic and growing team of professionals dedicated to achieving economic prosperity in America's inner cities. In additional to delivering the Commencement address, Grossman received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.



Graduate Line Up - 
Please click here to view a document with where graduates should go to line up for commencement.

Senior Commencement Announcements
All graduating seniors are entitled to 5 free commencement announcements. These are available in the Office of Student Activities beginning April 1. 2016. Additional announcements can be purchased for $1 each by cash or check. The Office of Student Activities is located on the second floor of the Arnow Campus Center. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.- 7 p.m. 


Yearbook Ads for Grads
Families wishing to purchase an Ad for Grad space in the 2015 yearbook with a message to a graduating senior should return order forms by Tuesday, April 5, 2016. This is the first year we are offering an online creation option at www.yearbooksforever.com. A letter and order from will be posted shortly from the Yearbook Editor and Advisor for more information.

Academic Regalia
Graduates will be able to purchase their caps and gowns for Commencement for $35 at the annual "Senior Send Off" Fair, Tuesdsay, April 12th 2016.  After this date, they will be available to purchase  directly from the Donahue's Bookstore in the Arnow Campus Center. Questions may be directed to lasellbookstore@lasell.edu

Class Rings and Personalized Graduation Announcements from Balfour
If you are interested in ordering a Lasell College class ring or personalized graduation announcements from Balfour, please visit the Lasell College Balfour website by clicking here. For more details please visit the Donahue Bookstore or e-mail them at lasellbookstore@lasell.edu.

Student Accounts
All graduates participating in the Commencement must have accounts in good standing. Please review your student account to see if you have any stops or a balance due.Students who have an outstanding balance due to any College department (i.e. tuition and fees, parking fines, Conduct System fines and library fines) must clear it through the issuing department in order to participate.

Commencement Ceremony Pronunciation
If you believe that either your first or last name has a unique pronunciation, or is spelled differently than it is pronounced, please send an email to Vice President of Academic Affairs Jim Ostrow at jostrow@lasell.edu. Please also specify how, and whether, to announce your middle name or initial. Please note that the deadline for receiving email information on how to pronounce your name is May 11, 2016.

Commencement Parking
Due to the large number of people attending the Lasell College Commencement Ceremony there is a shortage of parking on campus. As a result, parking for families and their guests will be located at the Riverside Office Park, 275 Grove Street, Newton. Shuttle transportation between Riverside Office Park and the College campus will be provided throughout the day, starting at 7:30 a.m. and continuing until 3 p.m.

We encourage guests to allow ample time to reach the Riverside Office Park, get your vehicle to the designated lot and then make your way to Taylor Field when you arrive on campus. In order to be in your seat under the Commencement tent by the start of the academic procession at 11 a.m., we recommend that you arrive at the Riverside Office Park no later than 10 a.m.  
 
Parking for People with Disabilities and Mobility Issues
Any graduate whose guest have a disability may access parking that is reserved for that purpose by entering the Winslow lower parking lot (by the entrance to Campus Police), on Maple St. Eligible persons include those with a state-issued handicapped license plate or handicapped placard. This must be easily visible to the police officers when approaching that area.  Golf carts will be stationed in that reserved parking area.

Special Needs
For graduates or guests who require special accommodations, please contact the Office of Plant Operations at 617-243-2220 or email plantoperations@lasell.edu to make arrangements. Please Note: a maximum of two seats per party is provided in this section.

Hotel Arrangements
Family and friends are encouraged to make reservations early, as hotels will fill up quickly. View more recommended hotels.

Intent to Graduate - 2 parts
Part 1: May 2016 graduates must complete an "Intent to Graduate" form, available at the Office of the Registrar or online at http://www.lasell.edu/admissions/registrar/undergrad-intent-to-graduate-form.html.  This needs to be completed by December 10, 2015. If you have not yet completed this form, please immediately contact the Office of the Registrar in Potter Hall at 617-243-2133. 

Part 2: After submission of part I, you will receive an email confirming your information, you need to print or forward that email to your academic advisor and set up a meeting to complete the form. Your intent form (Part 1) will not be accepted without advisor clearance (part 2). Part 2 includes confirming completion of core curriculum, major requirements and minor requirements (if necessary), confirm credit completion, indication if student plans to take courses outside of Lasell College.

Undergraduate Speaker Selection
To submit a speech for consideration, please email a WORD document to jgranger@lasell.edu by March 4, 2016. Additionally information can be found here. Questions about this process may be addressed to Jennifer Granger, Director of Student Activities and Orientation.

Yearbook Pictures

Senior Portraits must be submitted to the Yearbook Office by March 18, 2016. A photographer will be on campus to take yearbook portraits on November 18 - 20, 2015 and February 17 - 19, 2016. Appointments are on a first come first serve basis. There is no fee to have your portrait taken. Seniors may also submit your own photo or one taken by a professional.  Contact the Office of Student Activities with questions at 617-243-2475 or studentactivities@lasell.edu.

News Highlight

Students, Faculty and Staff Travel to Tanzania for International Service Learning Trip  Wednesday, May 18, 2016In rural Tanzania, learning the English language is critical for a young child hoping to further his or her education, but it is often out of reach. For the next two weeks, a group of Lasell students hope to make a difference in one rural community there as part of a new Shoulder-to-Shoulder service learning trip.

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