Information about Commencement exercises for the 2020 graduates.

Class of 2020 Commencement 

After needing to postpone due to COVID-19, we are looking forward to celebrating the Class of 2020. Commencement 2020 is scheduled for May 8, 2021. Currently, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has listed Franklin, MA in Phase III, Step 2 (as of October 5, 2020) of its COVID-19 reopening plan. Large-scaled indoor and outdoor gatherings/events are still prohibited. The College is working with State officials for the most up-to-date information to ensure that we have the opportunity to safely celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.

Please check this website regularly; updated information and event plans for both Commencement 2021 and 2020 will be posted as soon as they become available.

View message from Dean College President to the Class of 2020.

Dear Class of 2020,

It is hard to believe that two months have passed since you completed your Dean College degrees. I hope you and your loved ones are all healthy and doing well. The past several months turned out to be something none of us could have expected. Your final semester at Dean was not what I had hoped for you. Yet, you are a resilient class, and you have proven that even in challenging times you can overcome and succeed—and I am so proud of all of you!

As I mentioned in my virtual toast to the Class of 2020 on May 9, I am committed to bringing you all back to campus for a proper Commencement Ceremony, celebrating all of your accomplishments. Our hope was to host your Commencement in the late summer or early fall, but given the guidance from national health officials and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, we will not be able to host an event of that size in the coming months. Considering that, we have decided to hold your Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 8, 2021 on Awpie Way. We want to be sure that when we gather it is safe for you, your families and our faculty and staff. This Commencement Ceremony will only be for the Class of 2020 (the Class of 2021 will have a separate ceremony).

The College will be providing regular updates as information becomes available via email and on your Class of 2020 Facebook page. Be sure to connect with that page, and update your contact information to ensure we have the most accurate email and mailing address on file. Please reach out to the Alumni Office at at any time with questions.

I look forward to the Spring when we can celebrate the Class of 2020 and welcome you and your families back to campus!

Please be safe and be well. We miss you all.

With warm regards,

Dr. Rooney


The exact time for the ceremony for Dean College's Class of 2020 Commencement Exercises will be posted by August 31, 2020.

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