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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 10,
2014 at Grant Field in Franklin, MA.
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):
Procession Line-up in Campus Center
148th Dean College Commencement Exercises
The Dean College 148th Commencement Exercises will take place at Grant Field on campus. 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 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.
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 on a date and time to be determined.
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: Dinner in the Smith Dining Center for all graduating students. This is for graduates only.Friday, May 9, 2014:12:00 PM- Student Barbeque. 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.
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.
Resources are available?Head sets are available for those guests with hearing
impairments. Requests must be made to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 15.
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.
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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The 2013 Commencement Experience
Dr. Paula Rooney, Commencement 2013
Mark Boyce, Commencement 2013
Jessica Pretty, Commencement 2013