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Questions About Commencement?

Congratulations to the Class of '23!

The Curry College Commencement ceremony will return to the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts on May 21, 2023. The schedule of weekend events, including those taking place at our Milton Campus, along with resources for students and families, will be updated below throughout the Spring 2023 semester. In the meantime, please feel free to book a local hotel room (or a block of rooms)* in anticipation of the festivities.

Watch: Commencement 2023 at the Xfinity Center

Watch: School of Nursing Pinning and Recognition Ceremony

Saturday Schedule (5/20/23)

School of Nursing Pinning and Recognition Ceremony
10:00 a.m.
Student Center, Katz Gymnasium

Accessible Seating:
If you have specific questions or need additional accommodations beyond designated seating, please contact the School of Nursing at Requests for additional accommodations should be submitted by Friday, May 5, 2023.

Family Reception
12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Student Center
Graduates, their families, and members of the community are invited to attend a reception to honor our graduates. Please join fellow classmates, friends, and family to reminisce and celebrate while sampling different foods stationed throughout the building. A ceremonial cake-cutting recognizing the graduates of the Class of 2023 will also be held.

Sunday Schedule - Commencement (5/21/23)

Xfinity Center
885 S. Main St.
Mansfield, Massachusetts

8:30 a.m.
Graduates check-in at Xfinity Center

9:30 a.m.
Procession begins

10:00 a.m.
Ceremony begins (promptly)

12:00 p.m.
Ceremony ends (approximately)

Commencement Rehearsal (Virtual)

Watch: Class of 2023 Commencement Rehearsal

Commencement Hotline:

In order to assist the administrators who are tasked with reading the names of graduates as they walk across the stage, graduating students are asked to call the Commencement Hotline to record the pronunciation of their name as it will appear on their diploma. Graduates may call 617-391-5253.

Commencement Tickets and Seating

Graduating students will be eligible to order up to 18 total seats - 8 pavilion seats and 10 open air seats - for the Sunday ceremony at Xfinity Center.

Commencement 2023 Ticket Reservation Information

Guests will need to bring print outs or have the appropriate QR code on their smart phone in order to be admitted to the Xfinity Center. Please note that ticket codes are unique and cannot be duplicated. Graduates may order tickets through Thursday, May 18.

All covered pavilion seating will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We strongly suggest that you arrive prior to 9:00 a.m. Any additional guests are more than welcome to join us in the lawn seating area to watch the ceremony live on large venue screens.

Xfinity Center Seating Map

To maintain the pomp and circumstance of Commencement, children in attendance will be expected to remain in their seats for the duration of the ceremony.

*Dogs, balloons, and alcohol are not permitted at the Xfinity Center.

Accessible Seating:
If you have specific questions or need additional accommodations beyond designated seating, please contact the Office of Disability Services at Requests for additional accommodations should be submitted by Friday, May 5, 2023.

Arrival Time for Sunday Commencement

Graduating students are expected to arrive at the Xfinity Center no later than 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 21, 2023 for formations of the procession.

Rain or shine, students should gather at the tents in the south portion of the Xfinity Center, where they will receive instructions regarding the line formation. Curry College Bookstore representatives will have a table in the tent area and will be available to provide assistance for any students experiencing difficulty (size, etc.) with their caps and gowns.

Families and guests are strongly encouraged to arrive prior to 9:00 a.m. to allow plenty of time for seating before the procession begins. The procession of graduates begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. Gate will open at 8:30 a.m.

Cap & Gown Information

Visit the Curry College Bookstore beginning Monday, April 24 thru Friday May 12, 2023 to purchase your cap & gown.

Curry graduates wear black caps, gowns, and tassels, as well as a colored hood, which indicates the degree earned.

How-to Video: Wearing Your Regalia Hood

Bachelor's: $65
Cap, Gown, Tassel & Hood

Master's: $75
Cap, Gown, Tassel & Hood

Souvenir Tassel: $5
2023 Purple & White (not worn at graduation)

Questions on cap & gown purchasing?
Please contact the bookstore at 617-333-2322 or

Events for Graduating Seniors

Senior Class Toast
Thursday, May 4, 2023
4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Keith Alumni House
Sponsored by the Office of Institutional Advancement

Final Senior Farewell
Friday, May 19, 2023
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Student Center and Westhaver Park
Sponsored by the Student Activities Office

Other Important Information:

The Xfinity Center (originally the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts, and commonly Great Woods) is an outdoor Amphitheatre located in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The venue opened during the summer of 1986 with a capacity of 12,000. It was expanded in 1994 to 19,900; 7,000 reserved seats, 7,000 open-air seats and 5,900 general admission seats. In 2010, the Xfinity Center was named Top Grossing Amphitheater by Billboard. 

  • Security Screening: Everyone entering the Xfinity Center is subject to a security screening. When coming through the gates, please be prepared for security to use metal detectors and/or a physical pat down for our search procedures as well as all bags within our bag policy to be searched by security. If you have a medical reason for not wanting to be searched via metal detectors, please ask for a supervisor. More information can be found here:

  • Bag Policy: Only clear plastic, vinyl or PVC tote bags no larger than 12” x 6” x 12” and/or small clutch bags no larger than 6”x9” are permitted into the venue. No other bags of any type will be allowed. All bags are subject to search upon entry. Guests have the right to refuse a bag search and the venue has the right to refuse entry. If you have any items that are not allowed into the venue, guests have the option to bring them back to their car.

  • Water Policy: Guests are welcome to bring factory sealed bottled water (up to one gallon) or an empty reusable plastic bottle with them to the venue. There are filling stations located outside restroom facilities for those bringing reusable water bottles. The Xfinity Center will also have bottled water on sale at the concession food truck area closest to guest seating.

In order to participate in Commencement, a student needs to meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be within four (4) credits of degree completion
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better*
  • Be in good financial standing with the College. Please be aware that all Curry bills must be paid in full in order to participate in Commencement and to receive your degree.
  • Have not participated in any previous year's Commencement ceremony related to the same degree

*Master's degree candidates must have completed all degree requirements and have a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Students who have any questions regarding eligibility to participate in Commencement should contact their academic advisor.

A professional photographer will be present for both the School of Nursing Pinning and Recognition ceremony and the Commencement ceremony to capture the moment students are pinned and/or awarded their diplomas. Full-color proofs of the photos will be emailed to students at no charge approximately one week after Commencement.

Personal videotaping of the ceremonies, as a whole and/or isolated segments, will not be accommodated due to space limitations and to respect the viewing needs of the seated audience.

Friends and families will also have the opportunity to view video recordings of both ceremonies and the Sunday Commencement ceremony will be streamed live at

Service animals are permitted inside the venue during events. Only registered working animals are permitted.

Beautiful bouquets of roses will be available on-site at the 2023 Commencement ceremony at Xfinity Center. Our booth will be located just inside the entrance to the venue.

Browse the selections and pre-order ahead of time!

If family and guests will be coming from out of town for Commencement activities and need local lodging accommodations, please see our list of area hotels* for contact information and reservations near the Curry campus.  Note that there may be more options closer to the Xfinity Center site not included on our list, if preferred. Please be advised that hotels fill up quickly for the Commencement season and we encourage you to reserve a room now before they are all booked.

*Please Note: There are Taylor Swift concerts at Gillette Stadium scheduled for the same weekend as Commencement (May 19-21) so local hotel rooms may be booking faster than normal.

Parking: Xfinity Center - Sunday Commencement Ceremony

Free, ample parking is available at the Xfinity Center and accessible parking is available for those who have an appropriate handicapped placard. The Parking area is large, and guests should plan accordingly to allow enough time to walk from their parking space to the ceremony location. Guests may be dropped off at the gate while another guest parks. Wheelchairs will be available at the gate to assist those with varying abilities get to their seats.

Directions to Xfinity Center

Xfinity Center (previously Comcast Center, Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts aka Great Woods) is located at the junction of Routes 140 and 495 South (within minutes of I-95). From Boston: Take I-95 South to exit 7A-140 South, follow for 3 1/2 miles. From Worcester: Take 495 South, to exit 11. From Providence: take I-95 North, to exit 6A-495 South, to exit 11. From Cape Cod: Take 495 North, to exit 10-123, follow 123 West to 140 North. 

Parking: Curry College Milton Campus - Saturday Events

On campus parking spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests are encouraged to arrive prior to events they are attending as parking is limited at the Student Center.

Curry College Campus Information

Curry College Commencement 2023 Logo

Watch: Relive Commencement Weekend

Friends and family members who were not able to join us for Commencement weekend and those who would like to relive the main events can now watch the 2023 ceremony at Xfinity Center and the School of Nursing Pinning and Recognition ceremony online.

Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland

Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland to Deliver Commencement Address

Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland will serve as the 2023 Commencement Speaker.  Ireland served as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court  (2010-2014) and is Distinguished Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northeastern University.

"Congrats, Class of 2023!"

#CurryGrad Digital Swag and Lawn Signs

Celebrate the achievements of the graduating Class of 2023 on social media and more by downloading, sharing and printing from our digital swag collection, including lawn signs! And make sure to remember to tag your social posts with #CurryGrad!