• When and where will Commencement take place?

    Morning Ceremony: Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 9 a.m. at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. 

    Afternoon Ceremony: Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at the Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell. 

  • How do I know I’m eligible to graduate?

    The following students are eligible to participate in graduation activities:

    master’s students who have completed degree requirements during the Summer 2014 semester and who have not attended the previous commencement exercise;
    undergraduate and master’s studentswho have completed degree requirements during the Fall 2014 semester and who have not attended the previous commencement exercise;
    undergraduate and master’s students
    who expect to complete degree requirements during the Spring 2015 semester; and
    undergraduate students who anticipate completion
    of degree requirements by the end of the Summer 2015 session.
    doctoral students
    who have completed all of their degree requirements, including final submission of their dissertation, in Summer 2014, Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 are eligible to participate.
    online and continuing education students
    should schedule a graduation interview to review their program worksheet with a faculty coordinator. To schedule an interview, a OCE student should call Online and Continuing Education at 978-934-2474.
    Undergraduate and continuing education students
    : To see if you are eligible to graduate you should review your Advisement Report on ISIS.

  • What do I have to do to participate in graduation?

    Undergraduate students need to submit a Declaration of Intent to Graduate (DIG) form to their college dean's office. Please note, that seniors who complete graduation requirements but do not submit this form in a timely manner are advised that it will impact when they will be eligible to receive their diploma and their names may not be printed in the Commencement booklet. 

    Online and Continuing Education students should schedule a graduation interview to review their program worksheet with a faculty coordinator. To schedule an interview, a OCE student should call Online and Continuing Education at 978-934-2474.

    International students on either F-1 or J-1 student status who are completing their academic program in Spring 2015 should schedule an appointment with the International Students & Scholars Office 978-934-2383 or

    Once we have received your DIG form, your name will appear on the Registrar's Office website. For your convenience, the Registrar’s Office hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. Monday – Thursday; Fridays 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. We are located at University Crossing, 220 Pawtucket St., Suite M10. 

    Master's students must file a Request for Graduate Clearance Form with the Registrar's Office. The Registrar's Office will mail the Graduate Clearance Form to students. When the student receives the form, it must be completed, approved by all appropriate faculty and submitted to the Registrar's Office. The Registrar's Office will verify course credit, grade and GPA requirements, and submission of thesis/dissertation (if applicable) prior to the awarding the degree.

  • What if I'm receiving financial aid?

    If you are a senior or a graduate student graduating this semester, and have borrowed from one of the various student loan programs, it is important to remember that your student loans are your responsibility and must be carefully managed. Federal Regulations require you to participate in an online Loan Exit Counseling to assist you with your student loan debt.

    In order to fulfill the online Loan Exit Counseling requirement, you will need a Department of Education Personal Identification Number (PIN). Your PIN will also allow you to access various websites including; the National Student Loan Data System (NSLDS) and Direct Loan Consolidation. If you do not know or do not remember your PIN, you can request a duplicate one at

    You must first review the Exit Counseling information for your loans, and then you will be directed to take a quiz. Your quiz results will be electronically sent to the Financial Aid office. Your Loan Exit Counseling requirement is not considered complete until you have completed and passed the quiz.
    To access the online Loan Exit Counseling and/or obtain a PIN, please visit If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Financial Aid office at 978-934-4220.

    Perkins Loan Exit Counseling: Exit material will be sent to you via certified mail to your current address in iSiS.  Please verify that this address information is correct.  An Exit Interview service indicator will be been placed on your account.  This service indicator will not permit you to enroll in future classes here or receive transcripts until such time as you have completed and returned this exit packet. Please note: This exit CANNOT be completed on line. If you have any questions or need assistance with the Perkins Exit Interview process, please contact Student Financial Services at

    Holds: Students with financial holds on their account will not be cleared for graduation. Students may participate in graduation; however, diplomas will be released only to students who have been financially cleared. Please check your iSiS account for information on any possible holds.

  • How do I get my cap and gown?

    Academic attire is required for all participants in Commencement exercises. Graduating students should arrive at the Tsongas Center with their:

    Cap, Gown, Hood
    Any honors cords or stoles 
    Name card (for undergraduates and master’s candidates)

    All undergraduate students may pick up their caps and gowns at the The Cap & Gown Countdown (additional information will be sent out via email regarding this event). You will be able to pick up everything you need for graduation all in one place. Undergraduates DO NOT need to pre-order their cap and gown, they will be distributed by height at the Cap and Gown Countdown which will take place in April. 

    Master’s and doctoral students should place their order with the River Hawk Shop Bookstore.

  • What college am I in?

    UMass Lowell has six colleges:

    The Graduate School of Education
    Curriculum & Instruction 
    Reading & Language
    Educational Administration 
    The College of Sciences
    Biological Sciences 
    Computer Science 
    Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 
    Mathematical Sciences 
    Physics and Applied Physics
    The College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
    American Studies
    Community & Social Psychology
    Criminology & Justice Studies
    Cultural Studies
    Economic and Social Development of Regions
    Modern Languages
    Music/Music Education
    Peace & Conflict Studies
    Political Science
    Sound Recording Technology
    The Francis College of Engineering
    Chemical Engineering 
    Civil & Environmental Engineering
    Computer Engineering 
    Electrical Engineering 
    Energy Engineering
    Engineering Technology 
    Mechanical Engineering 
    Plastics Engineering
    The Manning School of Business
    Business Administration
    International Business
    Management Information Systems
    Operations and Information Systems
    The College of Health Sciences
    Clinical Laboratory & Nutritional Sciences 
    Community Health & Sustainability 
    Exercise Physiology/Physical Therapy
    Pharmaceutical Sciences
    Physical Therapy 
    Work Environment
    Intercampus Degrees
    Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology Program
    Marine Sciences

  • How do I get my diploma?

    As students process across the stage, they will be given a diploma cover. With the exception of doctoral candidates who will receive their actual diplomas as they cross the stage in the afternoon ceremony, all other diplomas will be mailed to students by the Registrar's Office in the weeks after the graduation ceremony.