Graduate Student Commencement

Lasell College


UPDATE: The Graduate Commencement ceremony will be held in de Witt Hall on Sunday, May 14, 2017, beginning at 10 a.m.

Stream the Commencement Ceremony here

All graduates who are participating in Commencement should meet in the Glow Lounge on the day of Commencement no later than 9:30 a.m. Students should not bring handbags or personal items as there is no way to secure the line up room during the ceremony.

Guest seating in de Witt Hal will be limited and each student can pick up three tickets for guests.  Ticketed guests will be welcomed to take their seats in de Witt Hall beginning 9:00 am. Tickets may be obtained in the following ways:

  • Saturday, May 13, 2017, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm - Office of Student Affairs, Edwards Student Center
  • Sunday, May 14, 2017, 8:00 am - 9:45 am - Glow Lounge, Winslow Academic Center
  • Please note: graduate students attending the Graduate Reception in Hamel House Saturday evening may pick up their commencement guest tickets at that time as well

The ceremony will be streamed live in the following campus locations:

  • Arnow Campus Center (1st and 2nd floors)
  • Rosen Auditorium, Brennan Library*
  • Classrooms in Winslow Academic Center*
  • Valentine Dining Room, Edwards Student Center
  • (*Note: these locations are in closest proximity to de Witt Hall)

For those friends and family members who wish to watch the Commencement ceremonies from a location off-campus, they may do so at this link:

Diplomas will be distributed on the main level of the Brennan Library, following the Commencement ceremony, and until 1:00 p.m.


Please join President Michael Alexander, faculty, staff and members of the Class of 2017 on Saturday, May 13th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in Hamel House for this celebratory gathering. You are welcome to invite 2 guests to accompany you to this lovely event. RSVP is required.

RSVP with guest numbers to Joanne Cardolaccia by Monday, May 1, 2017 at 617-243-2038 or if you plan to attend.


All May graduates should have completed their Intent to Graduate form through the Office of the Registrar. If you have not yet done so, contact the Office of the Registrar immediately at 617-243-2133 or at


The Graduate Student Commencement Speaker is drawn from August and December 2016 and May 2017 graduates. Invitations for speaker proposals will be sent out via email to qualifying students in February 2017.


The deadline to order your cap and gown is April 3rd

Your cap and gown can be ordered online at The package costs $66 and includes your gown, cap, tassel, and hood. Your outfit can be shipped directly to your home or picked up at the bookstore. Bookstore pickup is free, and there is an extra cost for shipping to your home.

Your order must be submitted by April 3rd if you are picking up at the bookstore, and by April 27th if you are having it shipped directly to your home. Orders shipped to the bookstore will be ready for pickup after April 25th.

If you have any questions, please contact the bookstore at 617-243-2182 or by email at When placing your order, you will need to know your height, weight, and the degree you will be receiving. 


Beginning in April graduates can go the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies, located on the 1st floor of Holway House and pick up five (5) free Commencement announcements to send to their family and friends. Holway House is the carriage house with the green doors located behind Haskell House on the corner of Vista Av and Woodland Road. For students who are unable to get to campus, announcements can be mailed to you. Students must make arrangements to pick up your announcements or have them mailed to you. To do so, contact Joanne Cardolaccia, Graduate Academic Advisor 617-243-2038 or

Note: These are not tickets as tickets are not required


The Commencement ceremony features two giant Jumbotrons allowing graduates and their families to clearly view the ceremony and all its festivities.

Graduate students who plan to participate in the ceremony are invited to submit pictures to be included in the photo montage shown prior to the start of the ceremony.

Students are encouraged to submit photos of themselves documenting their lives as they have worked to complete their graduate degree.

  • How about a picture of you in your home office, local library, on your personal computer, on campus in Glow Lounge or, wearing some Lasell gear?
  • Do you have any photos of activities you may have engaged in on campus? 
  • Do you have any photos with other students? 
  • Do you have any photos while you were at Lasell that include you and your family, friends, pets?

There is no limit to the number of photos you can submit. This is a wonderful way to celebrate your accomplishment and those who supported you along the way. You on the BIG screen on your BIG day!

Email photos to Joanne Cardolaccia, Graduate Student Advisor at by Monday, May 8th.


Lasell College has arranged for Commencement Photos, Inc. to take a professional photograph as you are awarded your diploma.  To order photos, visit their website.  For any questions, you may contact them directly at 978-851-5924 or


  • Complete Intent to Graduate form
  • Order Cap & Gown: Deadline April 3rd
  • Pick up Commencement announcements from the Graduate Programs Office or make arrangements to have them mailed to you
  • RSVP to the Graduate Program Commencement Reception: Deadline May 1st
  • Submit Jumbotron photos by Monday, May 8th
  • Complete pronunciation email: Deadline May 10th
  • Doors open at de Witt Hall on May 14th at 9:00 a.m.

Attention 2016 graduates, pictures and video are now available!