Amsler Campus Center gymnasium

Procession begins at 10:45 a.m.

Please review this Commencement Guide for Students and Families for details about ticketing, the Commencement Ceremony, and more. 

Commencement Safety and Security Guidelines

We look forward to celebrating the MCLA Class of 2020 at this year's Baccalaureate Ceremony on Friday, May 15, and our Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 16. As we move into this weekend of celebration, we have put additional guidelines in place to ensure that all those who gather for these celebrations may enjoy the festivities as safely and securely as possible.

Ticket Information

**Only guests with gymnasium tickets will be allowed to enter the Amsler Campus Center gymnasium. Guests without tickets will be directed to a secondary viewing area.**

Tickets are not required for those processing as part of the Commencement ceremony. 

Tickets are required for anyone age 3 (three) and older. 

Students will allotted up to 5 (five) tickets for family and guests.

Tickets will be handed out in Amsler Campus Center Marketplace during the following dates and times:

Tuesday, April 14, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 16 from noon to 5 p.m.

Friday, April 17 from 9-11 a.m. and 2-5 p.m.

All students must have their MCLA ID in order to pick up tickets. If you would like tickets and cannot pick them up at these times, you must call 413.662.5224 or email before 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020. No tickets will be available via phone or email after 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2020.

While picking up their tickets, students may enter a ticket lottery for up to two extra tickets. Students entering the ticket lottery will submit their name and MCLA email address. All lottery entries must be made via the ticket pickup times, in the Campus Center Marketplace, at the dates and options listed above. Those who receive tickets through the lottery will be contacted by noon on April 22, 2020 by MCLA email. All recipients must claim their tickets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 29 or from 2-5 p.m. on April 30.

Lost tickets are not replaceable. All guests (age 3 and older) must have a ticket in order to enter the Amsler Campus Center Gym for the Commencement Ceremony.  Guests without tickets may see the ceremony in air-conditioned simulcast locations.

Live Simulcast

Guests who do not have tickets are able to watch the live ceremony in the Amsler Campus Center, Sullivan Lounge or The Market Place.  Both locations are air conditioned and allow strollers. Tickets are not required. The Campus Center Gym requires a ticket, is not air-conditioned and does not allow strollers.

There will be a live stream of the Commencement ceremony and keynote address on the College YouTube channel: . Please check or this page for a direct link to the live stream on the day of Commencement.  


A representative from Grad Images will be taking photographs of every graduate as they cross the stage.  Information about ordering copies of these photos will be mailed to graduates.  For more information and to login to view your photos, click here.

Handicapped Access

Parking is available behind Murdock Hall with additional parking behind Bowman Hall.

Seating is available in the first and last section to the left and right as you enter the gym; this section is reserved for handicapped persons plus one guest only.

Contact Information

  • Graduate Registration - Registrar's Office, 413.662.5216
  • Graduate or Parent Questions - Student Development, 413.662.5129
  • MBA Graduate Questions - Nancy Ovitsky, 413.662.5306
  • M.Ed. Graduate Questions - Michelle Delisle, 413.662.5381
  • Parking / Handicapped Access / Wheelchair Requests - Public Safety, 413.662.5284
  • General Event Questions – Jackie Kelly, 413.662.5185

Commencement 2020 Events


Baccalaureate Line Up (students only)
1:30 p.m., Amsler Campus Center, Sullivan Lounge


2 p.m., Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium (no tickets required)
Reception to follow


Commencement 2020 Seating
9:30 a.m., Amsler Campus Center, Gymnasium
Ticketed guests are invited to arrive at the Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium and begin seating within the designated areas. Each graduate will be provided tickets for this event. Please see one of the MCLA staff members or ushers that day for assistance. Also, please remember that seating is on a first come first serve basis.

Student Line Up
10 a.m., Venable Hall, Gymnasium
Graduating students participating in the Commencement 2019 exercises are required to check in at the Venable gym and will line up in this area to begin the procession to the Amsler Campus Center. Please be in attendance by 10 a.m.!

Commencement 2020 Ceremony
11 a.m., Amsler Campus Center Gymnasium and simulcast in Sullivan Lounge and The Market Place (10:45 a.m. Procession begins)

Campus Reception
Following the Commencement Ceremony, Murdock Lawn
Following the ceremony, a reception will be held on Murdock Lawn for our graduates and guests.  (no tickets required)

Congratulations Class of 2020!

Looking back to 2017, our 118th Commencement Ceremony at MCLA, featuring keynote speaker U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia.