Graduate Student Commencement

Attention 2016 graduates, pictures and video are now available!

Lasell College


The Commencement ceremony will be held on Taylor Field Sunday, May 14, 2017, beginning at 11 a.m. The ceremony will run for approximately 2.5 hours.

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

There is no limit to the number of people each graduate student may bring to Commencement, and tickets are not required. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis.

You should plan to attend the entire ceremony. Graduate students sit in the front of the tent, right before the dais where the Lasell President, invited speakers, faculty and staff are seated. Graduate students diplomas are awarded first followed by undergraduates. In respect to the entire Lasell community, students are asked to remain in their seats until the final diplomas are awarded and the recessional begins.


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 Cocktail Reception. 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.


  • 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 Cocktail Reception: Deadline May 1st
  • Submit Jumbotron photos by Monday, May 8th
  • Complete pronunciation email: Deadline May 10th
  • Arrive at Athletic Center on May 14th no later than 9:30 a.m.