Commencement Attendees Encouraged to Wear Masks

As graduates and guests prepare to celebrate Commencement Friday and Saturday at the Tsongas Center, UMass Lowell is encouraging attendees to consider bringing face coverings to wear following a change in the COVID-19 community level to high in Middlesex County by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

The CDC has recommended individuals mask indoors when COVID community levels are high. This is an individual choice and not a requirement. Additional information regarding the CDC masking recommendation is available at www.cdc.gov.

Students and guests who choose to wear masks will be free to remove them at their discretion for pictures or other purposes.

Friday, May 13

Processional: UMass Lowell Brass Choir, Kevin Barry Irish American Pipes & Drums 
Call to Order: Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Joseph Hartman
Presentation of Colors and National Anthem: Army and Air Force Reserved Officer Training Corps and UMass Lowell Chamber Singers 
Welcome: Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations Patricia McCafferty 
Greetings from the Massachusetts Legislature: State Sen. Diana DiZoglio
Student Speaker Introduction: Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations Steve O'Riordan
Student Address: Masachs Boungou '22
Remarks to the Class of 2022: Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney ’75, ’92 
Greetings from the UMass Board of Trustees: Imari Paris Jeffries
Announcement of Distinguished Service Awards: Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Julie Chen 
Alumni Recognition: Vice Chancellor for University Advancement John Feudo 
Honorary Degree Presentation: Dean Sandra Richtermeyer and Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney ’75, ’92 
Honorary Degree Recipients: Brian '77, '22 and Kim Rist
Chancellor’s Medal for Public Service and Civic Engagement: 
  • Lowell General Hospital: Jody White and Amy Hoey
  • John and Linda Chemaly
  • Eileen Donoghue and John O'Connor
Presentation of Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding University Support: Vice Chancellor for Advancement John Feudo
Commencement Address:  Christopher Niezrecki, Distinguished University Professor  
Awarding of Degrees 
  • Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Joseph Hartman
  • Dean Luis Falcon 
  • Assoc. Dean Sukesh Aghara
  • Dean Noureddine Melikechi
  • Dean Sandra Richtermeyer
  • Dean Shortie McKinney 
Conferral of Doctoral and Master's Degrees: Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney ’75, ’92 
Closing Remarks: Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Joseph Hartman 
Recessional: UMass Lowell Brass Choir

Saturday, May 14 (morning) 

Processional: UMass Lowell Brass Choir, Kevin Barry Irish American Pipes & Drums 
Call to Order: Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Joseph Hartman
Presentation of Colors and National Anthem: Army and Air Force Reserved Officer Training Corps and UMass Lowell Chamber Singers 
Welcome: Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations Patricia McCafferty 
Greetings from the City of Lowell: Mayor Sokhary Chau
Greetings from the Massachusetts Legislature: State Sen. Diana DiZoglio
Classes of 1962 and 1972 Recognition: Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations Steve O'Riordan
Student Speaker Introduction: Student Trustee Derek Houle '22
Student Address: Annie La Fortune Soup Koagne '22
Presentation of Senior Class Gift: Senior Class President Easmond Tsewole '22
Remarks to the Class of 2022: Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney ’75, ’92 
Introduction of UMass Trustees:  Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney ’75, ’92
Greetings from the UMass Board of Trustees: Kerri Osterhaus-Houle
Announcement of Distinguished Service Awards: Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Julie Chen 
Alumni Recognition: Vice Chancellor for University Advancement John Feudo 
Distinguished Alumni Award: Steve Driscoll '66, '72
Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding University Support: Independent University Alumni Association at Lowell, Walter Dawson and Kevin Shanahan
Honorary Degree Presentation: Assoc. Dean Kavitha Chandra, Dean Shortie McKinney and Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney ’75, ’92 
Honorary Degree Recipients: 
  • Lawrence Chian-Hsiang Lin ’90
  • Dr. Ashish Jha
Commencement Address: Dr. Ashish Jha
Awarding of Degrees 
  • Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Joseph Hartman
  • Assoc. Dean Sukesh Aghara
  • Assoc. Dean Kavitha Chandra
  • Dean Noureddine Melikechi
  • Dean Shortie McKinney 
Conferral of Degrees: Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney ’75, ’92 
Closing Remarks: Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Joseph Hartman 
Recessional: UMass Lowell Brass Choir

Saturday, May 14 (afternoon) 

Processional: UMass Lowell Brass Choir, Kevin Barry Irish American Pipes & Drums 
Call to Order: Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Joseph Hartman
Presentation of Colors and National Anthem: Army and Air Force Reserved Officer Training Corps and UMass Lowell Chamber Singers 
Welcome: Senior Vice Chancellor for University Relations Patricia McCafferty 
Greetings from the Massachusetts Legislature: State Sen. Diana DiZoglio
Classes of 1962 and 1972 Recognition: Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations Steve O'Riordan
Student Speaker Introduction: Vice Chancellor for Finance and Operations Steve O'Riordan
Student Address: Adam Basma '22
Presentation of Senior Class Gift: Senior Class President Easmond Tsewole '22
Remarks to the Class of 2022: Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney ’75, ’92 
Introduction of UMass Trustees:  Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney ’75, ’92
Greetings from the UMass Board of Trustees: Mary Burns '84
Announcement of Distinguished Service Awards: Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation Julie Chen 
Alumni Recognition: Vice Chancellor for University Advancement John Feudo 
Distinguished Alumni Award: William O'Shea '69, '03 (H)
Chancellor’s Medal for Outstanding University Support: Joanne Yestramski '76
Honorary Degree Presentation: Dean Luis Falcon and Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney ’75, ’92 
Honorary Degree Recipients: Sian Proctor
Commencement Address: Sian Proctor
Awarding of Degrees 
  • Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs Joseph Hartman
  • Dean Luis Falcon
  • Dean Sandra Richtermeyer
Conferral of Degrees: Chancellor Jacqueline Moloney ’75, ’92 
Closing Remarks: Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs Joseph Hartman 
Recessional: UMass Lowell Brass Choir