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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 9,
2015 in front of Dean Hall in Franklin, MA.
Preparation for Dean College's 149th Commencement Exercises will begin at 9:30 AM, culminating in the ceremony itself at 11 AM.
Graduating Student Breakfast
9:30 AM (no later):
Procession Line-up in Campus Center
149th Dean College Commencement Exercises
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 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 22 or Thursday, April 23.
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, 2014: 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, 2014:1:00 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 PMSaturday, May 9, 2015 – Open
from 12:00 PM – 2:30 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 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.
Resources are available?Head sets are available for those guests with hearing
impairments. Requests must be made to email@example.com by April 15.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
More than 285 graduating students
joined the ranks of over 25,000 Dean alumni worldwide by graduating with
their Associate or Baccalaureate degrees during the 2014 Commencement Exercises at Grant Field on the
Dean College campus.
Dean College held its 148th
Commencement exercises on Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Dean College campus in
Franklin, MA. A total of 217 individuals received their degrees, with a large
number of family and friends in attendance.
keynote address was provided by Dean College President, Dr. Paula M. Rooney,
who told students not to concentrate on the finish line because “it is the
journey that matters.” Dr. Rooney encouraged students to “use a solid
foundation of knowledge, sense of curiosity and opportunity to achieve your
remarks were provided by Joseph C. Maher, Jr., Esq., Co-Vice Chairman of the
Dean College Board of Trustees, along with two graduating students, Caleb
Dolman from Manchester, NH and Hanna Anderson from Bridgewater, MA.
Dolman earned his Associate Degree in Sport/Fitness Studies with a
in Physical Education. Caleb began his speech by quoting Mahatma Gandhi
who said, “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Caleb told students that “change is not easy – it is tedious but
it were easy there would be no accomplishments.”
Anderson received her Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Studies with a
concentration in Psychology. Hanna
quoted Maya Angelou, who said, “I've learned that people will forget what you
said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you
made them feel.” She told students “As you walk across the stage today,
remember to thank the people that have helped you along the way.” She
encouraged students to realize that the possibilities in life are endless. “Each
of you is now sitting here because you did not settle. You did this.”
Check out the video recaps of the 2014 Commencement student speakers' speeches about how their time at Dean has prepared them for what's to come.
Manchester resident, Caleb Dolman, was selected to speak on behalf of the Associate Degree students at Dean College’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Franklin, MA.
“I would like to thank the Jewish Community at Temple Adath Yeshurun in Manchester, NH, for supporting and encouraging me to pursue my dreams,” said Caleb. He added, “I would also like to thank my teachers at Manchester West for giving me the basic tools to succeed in college. Finally, I would like to thank my family and my friends for everything - my success is making them proud.”
Hanna plans to continue her education by attending graduate school to obtain her Master’s Degree in Higher Education. Her future goal is to work at a college.
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