• Dean College's 149th Commencement Exercises

    Commencement ProcessionSaturday, May 9, 2015
    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 9, 2015 in front of Dean Hall in Franklin, MA.

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      Tentative 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

      10:50 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 10:00 AM to 4:00 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 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 PM
      Saturday, 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.

      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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      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. 

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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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      Recap of 2014 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.

      2014 Commencement Collage 1Dean 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.

      The 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 very best.”

      Additional 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. 

      2014 Commencement Collage 2Caleb Dolman earned his Associate Degree in Sport/Fitness Studies with a concentration 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 necessary…if it were easy there would be no accomplishments.”

      Hanna 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.”

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      2014 Commencement Speaker Videos

      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.

      President Rooney's Speech

      Associate Degree Speaker

      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.

      Caleb is a Sport/Fitness Studies major with a concentration in Physical Education atDean College.  While at Dean, Caleb has been actively involved with the Football team and the Society of Leadership and Success.  Additionally he has been named to the Dean’s List and received an Athletes Award, which is given to student athletes who receive a GPA of 3.2 and over.

      “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.”

      Bachelor's Degree Speaker

      Bridgewater resident, Hanna Anderson, was selected to speak on behalf of the Bachelor’s Degree students at Dean College’s 2014 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 10, 2014 in Franklin, MA.

      Hanna is a Liberal Arts and Studies major with a concentration in Psychology at Dean College. Throughout her 4 years at Dean, Hanna has been actively involved in numerousclubs and organizations on campus. Hanna was a member of the Women’s Basketball team, a Community Advisor, president of the Student Activities Committee, Athletics and Institutional Advancement intern, the Football team manager, and leader and co-chair for the Orientation Committee. Additionally, she hasreceived several awards, including the Brian C. Cohen Memorial Scholarship, the Harry L. Kreshpane Prize for Excellence in History, Phi Theta Kappa honors, and the Who’s Who in America’s Colleges and Universities award.

      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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