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Merrimack College Commencement

2018 Commencement Weekend

May 19-20

Saturday, May 19, 4 p.m.

Baccalaureate Mass
Collegiate Church of Christ the Teacher
For undergraduate students and their families only. Reception on Crowe Plaza following Mass.

Graduate Hooding Ceremony
Hammel Court, Merrimack Athletics Complex
For master’s students and their families only. 
Reception at Merrimack Athletics Complex tent following the event.

Sunday, May 20, 10 a.m.

Commencement (undergraduate and graduate)
Merrimack Stadium
Reception to follow. 

After Commencement, regalia should be returned to DiCroce Lobby, Merrimack Athletics Center.

More Information

Merrimack Stadium Policies

Food and beverage of any kind are prohibited on Merrimack College Stadium field. Water will be provided at designated locations. Smoking is prohibited. Guests and students are asked not to use cellular phones during the ceremony. The use of drones is strictly prohibited.

Webcast of the Commencement Ceremony

Family members and friends who are unable to attend Merrimack’s 68th Commencement may view the ceremony live online. Coverage will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 20th. Please visit to view.


Commencement Ceremony Information

Merrimack College’s 68th Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 10 a.m. in the Merrimack Stadium. Doors open at 8 a.m.

Relatives and guests should be seated by 10 a.m., when the academic procession is scheduled to begin.

Degree candidates will process into Merrimack Stadium lead by the Chief Marshal carrying the ceremonial mace, which from the sixteenth century in England and since colonial days in America, has become a symbol of academic office. Merrimack College’s mace was fashioned for the 1986 Commencement by Cistercian Monks of the Holy Rood Guild at Saint Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts. The Chief Marshal will be followed by the Dean of Students carrying the processional cross, which is expressive of the Augustinian longing for unity of our minds and hearts in God. It was designed by the Augustinian Contemplative Nuns at the Monastery of Our Holy Savior in Leccetto, Tuscany, Italy.

The ceremony will feature the conferral of degrees, the awarding of honorary degrees, greetings by college officials, and remarks by the Commencement speaker. The ceremony is expected to last approximately two hours and will immediately be followed by a reception.

Upon the entrance of the academic procession into Merrimack Stadium, all graduates and guests should rise and remain standing until after the invocation. When the deans present the candidates for each degree, candidates will remain standing until the president confers the degrees.

After the degrees have been conferred, graduates then shift the tassel on their caps to the left side, front.

Please note: Commencement will be held outside in rain, cold or heat. Guests are urged to check weather conditions and dress appropriately. A rainy day in Massachusetts can be cold and the turf at Merrimack Stadium could be slippery. Please note that you may carry an umbrella, but open umbrellas are not permitted while guests are seated in the stadium.