UMass Dartmouth commencement returning to campus

Mar 7, 2019

UMass Dartmouth students will collect their diplomas on campus once again, as the university has announced it is bringing commencement ceremonies back to campus.

The 119th UMass Dartmouth Commencement ceremonies will be held at Cressy Field and the main auditorium, a departure from previous years when most ceremonies were held at the XFinity Center in Mansfield.

“Commencement Day is one of the most important milestones in the lives of our students, their families, and our community,” UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Robert E. Johnson said. “This is a celebration that belongs here, where our students have learned, discovered and built lifelong relationships.”

Ceremonies were moved to Mansfield after outgrowing the Vietnam Veterans Peace Memorial Amphitheater, but after receiving feedback from students, faculty, staff and the community, the university determined that an on-campus solution needed to be identified.

Four commencement ceremonies, scheduled for May 10 and 13, will be held. On May 10, ceremonies for the College of Nursing, Charlton College of Business, and the College of Visual & Performing Arts will be held at 10:30 a.m., followed by the College of Engineering and the College of Arts & Sciences at 2:30 p.m.

On May 13, UMass Law commencement will be held at 10 a.m. in the main auditorium. The graduate student ceremony will be held at 2 p.m., although the location for that ceremony is still pending.

All ceremonies will be held rain or shine.

The move of commencement back to campus follows last week’s announcement that UMass Dartmouth and the Town of Dartmouth signed a “town-gown compact” that includes re-starting the Freedom Festival Independence Day celebration on campus in 2020. The festival, which includes fireworks, music, and food, used to attract 20,000 people to campus.

More details, including honorees and speakers, will be announced soon. For additional information, go to