Commencement

  • Dean College's 150th Commencement Exercises

    Commencement ProcessionSaturday, May 14, 2016
    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 14, 2016 in front of Dean Hall in Franklin, MA.

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      Timeline

      Preparation for Dean College's 149th Commencement Exercises will begin at 9:30 AM, culminating in the ceremony itself at 11 AM.

      8:30 AM:

      Graduating Student Breakfast

      9:30 AM (no later):

      • Graduates check-in at the Guidrey Center, Campus Center and robe for procession to the front of Dean Hall.
      • 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

      10:40 AM:

      Procession Step-off

      11:00 AM:

      149th Dean College Commencement Exercises

      Please Note:

    • Only graduating students will be allowed in the Guidrey Center.
    • Family and friends are to report directly to the front of Dean Hall.
    • 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 8, and from 12:00 PM to 2:30 PM on Saturday, May 9.

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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 April 1, 2015. 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 Continuing Studies (SCS) graduates should confirm their candidacy for graduation with the Director of Continuing Studies.

      When and where do I pick up my cap and gown?
      Students may pick up their caps and gowns outside of the Student Activities office from 8:00 AM to 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 9, 2015.

      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 7, 2015: Graduating Student Dinner in the Smith Dining Center for all graduating students followed by trips to Patriot Place and Foxwoods Resort Casino. These events are for graduates only.

      Friday, May 8, 2015:
      1:00 PM - Lunch. This is for graduates only.
      5:30-6:30 PM - Graduating Students Award Ceremony, hosted by President Paula Rooney, in the Guidrey Center. All are welcome to attend.
      6:30-7:30 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, May 8, 2015 – Open until 7:30 PM
      Saturday, May 9, 2015
      – Open from 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM

      What is there to know about the 50th Society events?
      Members of the 50th Society, alumni who graduated from Dean more than 50 years ago, will join the commencement procession and induct graduates from the Class of 1965.

      50th Society Program:

      9:00 AM - Breakfast, Memorial Hall
      10:45 AM - 50th Society Members join the Commencement Procession
      11:00 AM - Commencement Begins
      1:00 PM - 50th Society Luncheon & Induction Ceremony

      Special parking will be reserved for 50th Society members behind Dean Hall with transportation available to Memorial Hall. Any questions or to register to attend, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@dean.edu or 1-888-711-3326.

      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 9th (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, 2015. 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 149th 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 smcguire@dean.edu by April 15.

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      Parking and Directions

      The Dean College 149th Commencement Exercises will take place on campus in front of Dean Hall. 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. 

      *Special parking will be reserved for 50th Society members behind Dean Hall with transportation available to Memorial Hall. Any questions or to register to attend, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@dean.edu or 1-888-711-3326.

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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 9, 2015.

      Dean College reserves a block of rooms at a few area hotels as Commencement approaches. These block prices expired on April 7th. However, to get the Dean College rate at the Residence Inn, just call and ask for the Dean College rate.

      Call soon and book your room: Dean College cannot guarantee availability as we get closer to the date of Commencement.

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      50th Society Information

      Members of the 50th Society, alumni who graduated from Dean more than 50 years ago, will join the Commencement procession and induct graduates from the Class of 1965.

      50th Society program schedule:

      9:00 AM - Breakfast, Memorial Hall
      10:45 AM - 50th Society Members join the Commencement Procession
      11:00 AM - Commencement Begins
      1:00 PM - 50th Society Luncheon & Induction Ceremony

      Special parking will be reserved for 50th Society members behind Dean Hall with transportation available to Memorial Hall. Any questions or to register to attend, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@dean.edu or 1-888-711-3326.

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      Summary of 2015 Commencement

      More than 300 graduating students joined the ranks of over 25,000 Dean alumni worldwide by graduating with their associate or baccalaureate degrees during the 2015 Commencement Exercises on Awpie Way in front of Dean Hall.

      2015 Commencement 1Dean College held its 149th Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at the Dean College campus in Franklin, MA. Just over 300 students received their degrees, with a large number of family and friends in attendance. As part of the Dean’s 150th anniversary celebration and continuing with tradition, the 2015 Commencement ceremony was held outside along Awpie Way, considered by many as the most beautiful and iconic part of campus. 

      The keynote address was provided by Dean College President, Dr. Paula M. Rooney, who encouraged students to “take risks. Be your own advocate and create opportunities where others can’t see them.” She urged students not to choose their next move in life based on it looking easy or because it is expected, but rather to “Move down a road because it is where you think you should be. Do something that you can be great at. When you do this you will contribute to the world in ways that are both valued and necessary.” Dr. Rooney added, “You are now part of the fabric of this wonderful tapestry that has been woven for 150 years. You are now not just part of a College. You are a part of the Dean College Family.”

      2015 Commencement 2Additional remarks were provided by Mark D. Boyce, Chairman of the Dean College Board of Trustees, along with two graduating students, Lea Ann Tavares from Danvers, MA and Carol-Anne Sicilia from Mansfield, MA.

      Lea Ann Tavares spoke on behalf of the Associate Degree graduates. She discussed the importance of improvisation in life and quoted comedy talk show host, Steven Colbert, who said “Life is an improvisation. You have no idea what’s going to happen next and you are mostly just making things up as you go along.” Lea urged students to learn from their mistakes and that missteps and struggles do not define who “we are.” She encouraged students to “Go out into the world and just try. Life is full of surprises and sometimes you have to improvise.”

      Carol-Anne Sicilia began her speech with a lighthearted story from her childhood. “I always needed to know that there was a plan and what it was. This drove my parents crazy. Their eight year old wanted to know exactly what we would be doing a year from now and if this future plan involved me having a pony,” she joked. She advised students that it is okay to take unexpected turns in life, “it is not only okay, but it is a good thing.”

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      2015 Commencement Speaker Videos

      Check out the video recaps of the 2015 Commencement speakers.

      President Rooney's Speech


      Associate Degree Speaker


      Bachelor's Degree Speaker


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