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Questions About Commencement?

Congratulations to the Class of '24!

The Curry College Commencement ceremony will return to the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts on May 19, 2024. 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 2024 semester.

In the meantime, please feel free to book at a local hotel in anticipation of the festivities and be sure to check out our special Curry College group rate at the Marriott Boston Quincy.

Saturday Schedule (5/18/24)

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 nursing.events@curry.edu Requests for additional accommodations should be submitted by Friday, May 3, 2024.

Family Reception
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 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.

Sunday Schedule - Commencement (5/19/24)

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)

Commencement rehearsal will be held virtually in May 2024. More information will be sent to all graduates and also posted to this page containing an outline of the Commencement ceremony and information for graduates and families.

Commencement Tickets and Seating

Each graduate is able to secure up to 20 tickets for Sunday's Commencement ceremony, at no cost. All tickets are electronic and general admission, with seating being first come, first served. Graduates themselves DO NOT NEED TICKETS. Tickets are needed for guests only. Note that graduates will be seated with their classmates - they do not sit with their families and/or guests during the ceremony.

Secure Your Tickets for Commencement:

PLEASE NOTE: The College has partnered with Universe* to manage ticketing for Commencement. It is highly recommended that you create a Universe.com account. This will allow you to easily track, share and manage your tickets.

*any questions or issues related with your Universe account should be directed to Universe. Curry College does not have access to manage accounts related to Universe.

More Information/Instructions on the Ticketing Process

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.

PLEASE NOTE: Dogs, balloons, and alcohol are not permitted at the Xfinity Center. The venue will also not allow any signs, flags or banners of any size this year in order to mitigate any potential issues, including images or messaging that could be deemed offensive to others.

Accessible Seating:
If you have specific questions or need additional accommodations beyond designated seating, please contact the Office of Disability Services at disabilityservices@curry.edu. Requests for additional accommodations should be submitted by Friday, May 3, 2024.

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 19, 2024 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 22 thru Friday May 10, 2024 to purchase your cap & gown.

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

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

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

Souvenir Tassel: $5
2024 Purple & White (not worn at graduation)

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

Related Events for Graduating Seniors

LEAD Awards Ceremony
Friday, April 26, 2024
5:00 p.m.

Alexander Graham Bell Honor Society/Dean's List Reception
Wednesday, May 1, 2024
4:00 p.m.

Alumni Reception & Senior Class Toast
Thursday, May 2, 2024
5:00 p.m.
For students, faculty, and staff only

UMOJA Celebration
Sunday, May 5, 2024
2:00 p.m.

Senior Week
Wednesday, May 15 - Friday, May 17, 2024

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: https://www.livenation.com/venueguidelines/.

  • 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.

  • Signs, Flags, and Banners: We will not allow any signs, flags or banners of any size this year in order to mitigate any potential issues, including images or messaging that could be deemed offensive to others.

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 Curry.edu/Commencement24.

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 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.

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

Adrianne Haslet

2024 Honorary Degree Recipients

Former professional ballroom dancer and runner Adrianne Haslet, who survived the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, will serve as the 2024 Commencement Speaker. Along with Haslet, our 2024 honorary degree recipients include Boston Police Commissioner Michael Cox (MCJ ‘00); Colette Phillips, President & CEO of Colette Phillips Communications, Inc., and Dr. Sally Snowman (M.Ed. ‘89), the first and only female keeper of the Boston Light.

Curry College Commencement 2024 Logo

Watch Commencement LIVE!

Can't make it to the Xfinity Center on May 19th? No problem. You can watch your favorite grad(s) cross the stage live! Full video recordings of both the Sunday ceremony and the School of Nursing Pinning and Recognition ceremony will also be accessible online.

"Congrats, Class of 2024!"

Lawn Signs and Profile Photos

Celebrate the achievements of the graduating Class of 2024 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!