• Dean College's 148th Commencement Exercises

    Commencement ProcessionSaturday, May 10, 2014
    11:00 AM

    Congratulations, you made it! You have worked hard during your time here at Dean College, and now you are preparing to receive your degree and move on to the next phase in your life. Commencement at Dean College is a time for graduates and their families and friends to come together to commemorate your hard work and academic achievements. We look forward to celebrating this momentous occasion with you on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at Grant Field in Franklin, MA.

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      Preparation for Dean College's 148th Commencement Exercises will begin at 9:30 AM, culminating in the ceremony itself at 11 AM.

      9:30 AM (no later):

      • Graduates check-in at the Guidrey Center, Campus Center and robe for procession to Grant Field.
      • Students are to bring their cap and pressed gown.
      • Personal belongings such as bags, phones, etc. are to be left with friends and family. These items will not be allowed at Commencement and cannot be left in the Guidrey Center.

      10:15 AM:

      Procession Line-up in Campus Center

      10:45 AM:

      Procession Step-off

      11:00 AM:

      148th Dean College Commencement Exercises

      Please Note:

    • Only graduating students will be allowed in the Guidrey Center.
    • Family and friends are to report directly to Grant Field.
    • Calling, texting or use of any electronic devices is strictly prohibited during the procession and ceremony.

      Additional Note:
    • The college bookstore will be open until 7:00 PM on Friday, May 9, and from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Saturday, May 10.

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      Parking and Directions

      The Dean College 148th Commencement Exercises will take place at Grant Field on campus. Parking is available for family and friends of the graduates.

      Dean College
      99 Main Street
      Franklin, MA 02038

      Directions to Dean

      Take Route 495 to Exit 17 and take Route 140 South toward Franklin.
      Continue on Route 140 S for 1.5 miles until you pass the fourth traffic light (the intersection of Route 140 S and Union St.).
      Just past this intersection, enter the Dean College parking lot on the left.

      Directions to Franklin from other locations

      From Massachusetts on Mass. Turnpike (US 90)
      Approximately 1 1/2 hours

      Take Exit 11A to Route I-495 S. Take exit 17 toward Route 140 S. Follow directions above to parking.

      From Logan Airport
      Approximately 1 hour
      Follow Southeast Expressway to Massachusetts Turnpike (US 90). Take Exit 11A to Route I-495 S. Take exit 17 toward Route 140 S. Follow directions above to parking.

      From Connecticut
      Approximately 2 hours
      Follow I-84 E to Massachusetts Turnpike. Continue with directions for Massachusetts Turnpike above.

      From New Hampshire and Maine
      Approximately 3 hours
      From Route 1 or I-95 S take I-495 S to Exit 17 to Franklin on Route 140. Follow directions to Admission Visitor Parking above.

      From Long Island
      Approximately 4 hours
      Take the Long Island Expressway to I-495 N to Clearview Expressway (I-295 N) to the Throgs Neck Bridge to I-95 N. Follow I-95 N through Connecticut and Rhode Island to I-495 N to Franklin. Take Exit 17 and follow Route 140. Follow directions to Admission Visitor Parking above.

      From Westchester County, Southern New York State, New York and New Jersey
      Approximately 3 to 3 1/2 hours
      Follow I-95 (as above) or follow I-684 E to I-84 E to the Massachusetts Turnpike. Follow Turnpike to Exit 11A. Follow I-495 S to Exit 17 to Route 140 South. Follow directions above to Admission Visitor Parking. 

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      Hotel Information

      Family and friends of Dean College graduates can contact the following local hotels for accommodations on or around May 10, 2014.

      Dean College has reserved a block of rooms at a few area hotels. Please click each hotel for details and booking information. Call soon and book your room: Dean College cannot guarantee availability as we get closer to the date of Commencement.

      Residence Inn

      Hampton Inn

      Hawthorne Suites

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      Learn the answers to many frequently asked questions about Dean College Commencement Exercises.

      Do guests need to have tickets to attend Commencement?
      No - an electronic invitation for informational purposes only will be delivered to the graduating student's inbox.

      What is the Graduation Application Process?
      Applications for Graduation must be completed and returned to the Registrar's Office, Dean Hall, by a certain date to be announced. This form is necessary for ordering your diploma.

      What are the required Commencement fees?
      Graduating students, attending or not attending the Commencement Exercises, will be charged a $200 graduation fee. Student accounts need to be paid in full in order for a student to pick up his or her cap and gown.

      How do I confirm my candidacy for graduation?
      Please speak with your advisor in the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning regarding your candidacy for graduation.

      School of Professional and Continuing Studies (SPCS) graduates should confirm their candidacy for graduation with the Associate Dean of SPCS.

      When and where do I pick up my cap and gown?
      Students must pick up their caps and gowns outside of the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM on either Wednesday, April 16 or Thursday, April 17.

      You will be measured and fitted for the correct size regalia at that time. Please press your gown prior to Commencement. Your cap and gown are yours to keep as a memento of your graduation from Dean College.

      What are "Graduation Days" and how can I participate?
      Thursday, May 8, 2014: Graduating Student Dinner in the Smith Dining Center for all graduating students followed by trips to Dave & Buster’s and Foxwoods Resort Casino. These events are for graduates only.

      Friday, May 9, 2014:
      1:00 PM- Lunch. This is for graduates only.
      5:30 PM - Graduating Students Award Ceremony, hosted by President Paula Rooney, in the Guidrey Center. All are welcome to attend.
      6:30 PM - Graduating Student and Family Reception in the Atrium, Campus Center. Families are welcome to attend. Reservations and tickets are not needed. Following the reception, students and families are encouraged to go off-campus for dinner.

      Will the college bookstore be open during Commencement events?
      The bookstore will be open for the following hours during graduation events:

      Friday 5/9 – Open until 7:00 PM
      Saturday 5/10
      – Open from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

      Is housing available during Graduation Days?
      Graduating students who plan to remain in the residence halls between the end of finals and Commencement must participate in Graduation Days; move-out is required by 3 pm on Saturday, May 10th (Graduation Day). 

      Graduates who do not plan on participating in Commencement or Graduation Days must vacate the halls immediately after their last final exam.

      All policies within the Student Handbook apply during Graduation Days. Breaking such policies will result in dismissal and jeopardy of participating in both Graduation Days and Commencement.

      May my family bring their pet to Commencement?
      Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate pets during the Commencement Exercises. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

      What happens to my Dean email account when I graduate?
      Your Dean College email address and email box will be terminated on December 1, 2014. Please forward emails you wish to save to another email address as the Technology Service Center will be unable to restore emails after this time. If you have questions, contact Technology Services at 508-541-1633.

      What is the policy regarding photography and use of cameras at the Commencement Ceremony?
      Commencement Photo’s Inc. (CPI) is the official photographer for the 148th Commencement. They will photograph each graduate as they receive their diploma on the stage. In early April, parents will receive a mailing from CPI with instructions for ordering. If you have any questions, contact them at 978-851-5924 or visit their website.

      Your family and friends are also welcome to take photos at their discretion – before, during and after the ceremony. The College asks that you observe the roped-off areas for the academic procession and be aware of others when looking for a position to get the best photo of your graduate.

      What Disability Resources are available?
      Head sets are available for those guests with hearing impairments. Requests must be made to by April 15.

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      Recap of 2013 Commencement

      More than 300 graduating students joined the ranks of over 19,000 Dean alumni worldwide by graduating with their Associate or Baccalaureate degrees during the 2013 Commencement Exercises at Grant Field on the Dean College campus.

      "At Dean College we're proud of the fact that last year 95 percent of Dean's B.A. graduates had jobs or were in grad school within six months of graduation. Additionally, 98 percent of our associate students are able to move on to some of the top colleges in the country," said Dr. Paula Rooney, President of Dean College. "Our students are fully equipped to face the challenges of the current economy and reach great heights."
      The commencement ceremony at Dean College takes a unique approach by featuring keynote addresses by students. The students selected for the 2013 Commencement included associate degree speaker Julie Volk of Framingham, MA, a Sports Fitness/Exercise Science Major who transferred to a four-year institution before pursuing a master's degree in physical therapy. The second student speaker was bachelor's degree speaker Jessica Pretty of Quartz Hill, CA, a Dance major who went on to attend graduate school at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. 
      While at Dean, Volk was appointed Vice-President the Student Athlete Leadership Team and starred on the College's women's soccer and lacrosse teams where she was named Captain during her sophomore year. She was also awarded the College's Coaches Award and Biggest Heart Award for soccer.
      Pretty was actively involved in many performing arts and performance choreography opportunities, such as Cabaret 2010-2012, dance team shows, Choreographers' Concert, Synergy, Brothahood and Senior Showcase. She was selected to represent Dean at the American College Dance Festival in 2012 and 2013, acted as a community advisor 2010-2012, and was a Student Government representative from 2010-2011. Pretty was a member of Dean College's Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society, and after graduation she went on to intern for the New York State Council for the Arts and Camille A. Brown & Dancers in New York.

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