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 150th 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:

      151st 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.  

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      Commencement Policies & Procedures

      Here are the new Commencement policies and procedures.

      To enhance security and facilitate the quick entrance of all guests for our Commencement Exercises, the Dean College Campus Safety Department has issued the following guideline:

      Briefcases, large bags and wrapped gifts will not be allowed onto the Dean College Commencement grounds. Normal-sized handbags, backpacks, purses and camera bags will be allowed, but will be subject to inspection prior to entry.   Those without bags may enter Dean College grounds in separate lines. These policies are consistent with security plans at colleges and universities throughout the region and are meant solely to expedite entry into our venues and provide security and comfort for those who will be in attendance. Additional campus safety personnel will also be on hand as a precaution.

       

      Prohibited Items

      Any item deemed inappropriate by Dean College Campus Safety and or Dean College Management will not be allowed onto the grounds of Dean College, including but not limited to:

      • Luggage
      • Briefcases
      • Large Bags
      • Wrapped gifts
      • Any alcoholic beverages
      • Weapons of any kinds (including knives)
      • Segways/Hoverboards
      • Illegal drugs or substances
      • Coolers or containers, including cans and bottles
      • Fireworks or pyrotechnics
      • Animals, except service animals assisting those with disabilities
      • Folding and/or standalone chairs
      • Noisemakers, bullhorns or air horns
      • Drones, unmanned aircraft
      • Selfie sticks
      • Any other item deemed inappropriate by Dean College management

       No prohibited items will be accepted at the entry points for safekeeping. Please leave all prohibited items secured in your vehicle.

      Smoking is prohibited on the grounds of Dean College, the only permitted areas are inside of the designated smoking huts located throughout campus.

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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, 2017. 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 can I pick up my cap and gown?
      You can pick up your academic regalia before Finals Week. See times below:

      Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 2:00pm – 6:00pm in the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning        
      Friday, April 21, 2017 from 3:00pm – 7:00pm in the Robbins Family Center for Advising and Career Planning 

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

      Friday, May 5, 2017 – Open until 7:30 PM
      Saturday, May 6, 2017
      – 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 1967.

      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 6th (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, 2017. 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.

      Am I allowed to bring a bag to graduation?
      To enhance security and facilitate the quick entrance of all guests for our Commencement Exercises, the Dean College Campus Safety Department has issued the following guideline:

      Briefcases, large bags and wrapped gifts will not be allowed onto the Dean College Commencement grounds. Normal-sized handbags, backpacks, purses and camera bags will be allowed, but will be subject to inspection prior to entry.   Those without bags may enter Dean College grounds in separate lines. These policies are consistent with security plans at colleges and universities throughout the region and are meant solely to expedite entry into our venues and provide security and comfort for those who will be in attendance. Additional campus safety personnel will also be on hand as a precaution. 

      Prohibited Items
      Any item deemed inappropriate by Dean College Campus Safety and or Dean College Management will not be allowed onto the grounds of Dean College, including but not limited to:

      • Luggage
      • Briefcases
      • Large Bags
      • Wrapped gifts
      • Any alcoholic beverages
      • Weapons of any kinds (including knives)
      • Segways/Hoverboards
      • Illegal drugs or substances
      • Coolers or containers, including cans and bottles
      • Fireworks or pyrotechnics
      • Animals, except service animals assisting those with disabilities
      • Folding and/or standalone chairs
      • Noisemakers, bullhorns or air horns
      • Drones, unmanned aircraft
      • Selfie sticks
      • Any other item deemed inappropriate by Dean College management

      No prohibited items will be accepted at the entry points for safekeeping.  Please leave all prohibited items secured in your vehicle.

      I misplaced my phone during the ceremony.  Do you have Lost and Found?
      Lost and found will be handled by the Dean College Campus Safety Department located in Dean Hall. They can be reached at (508) 541-1888.

      Are there areas to smoke during the ceremony?
      Smoking is prohibited on the grounds of Dean College, the only permitted areas are inside of the designated smoking huts located throughout campus.

      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 151st Commencement. They will photograph each graduate as they receive their diploma on the stage. In the first week of May, 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 7, 2017.

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      Parking and Directions

      The Dean College 150th Commencement Exercises will take place on campus in front of Dean Hall. Parking is available for family and friends of the graduates.

      The Dean College 151st Commencement Exercises will take place on the campus in front of Dean Hall.  Parking is available for family and friends of the graduates in the Campus Center Parking Lot.  If the Campus Center Parking Lot is full guests can park in the Jones Parking Lot. 

      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 above to parking. 

      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 above to parking.

      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 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

      Here are the hotels Dean College is working with for Commencement.

      Area Hotels 

      Courtyard Boston Milford
      10 Fortune Blvd.
      Milford, MA 01757
      508-634-9500
      King Rate:  $149.00
      Queen/ Queen Rate:  $159.00
      Courtyard Boston Milford Website

      Hampton Inn Franklin
      735 Union St.
      Franklin, MA 02038
      508-520-2999
      Ask for Dean College rate which is 13% off regular room rate
      Hampton Inn Website

      Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel
      28 Patriot Place
      Foxboro, MA 02035
      508-216-1679
      $219 per room per night
      Book your group rate for Dean College Commencement Room Block 



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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 1966.

      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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