Additional Information

The Baccalaureate Ball
Preordered tickets will be placed in student mailboxes Commencement week. more info and order online>>

Commencement Exercises
There is no limit to the number of people who may attend the Commencement Exercises on Fitton Field.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Hart Center Basketball Arena and, due to limited seating, each senior is restricted to 5 tickets for guests. The tickets will be distributed to seniors through their campus post office boxes on the Wednesday prior to graduation.

Additional guests are invited to view the graduation on closed-circuit broadcast in the Hart Center Hockey Arena. Tickets are not required for admission to the Hockey Arena.

Live, Closed-Circuit Coverage

Live, closed-circuit coverage (video and audio) of Commencement from Fitton Field will be available in Kimball 3 and Seelos Theater.

WCHC 88.1-FM

Beginning two hours prior to Commencement, Holy Cross’ student-run radio station, WCHC 88.1-FM, will provide live traffic and weather information and then offer live audio coverage of Commencement.

Shuttle Bus To/From Fitton Field

Shuttle bus service will be available prior to Commencement from Hogan Campus Center (Level 3), with a drop-off outside Fitton Field.

Return shuttle bus service will begin running 10-15 minutes following Commencement and continue as needed.

View the campus shuttle map.

Accommodations/ Area Information

Hotel/Motel and Restaurant Guide
A list of hotels, motels and restaurants located in the greater Worcester area is available online at: http://www.holycross.edu/studentlife/worcester/hotels/purch

Please note: Dinner is not provided on campus on Thursday evening.

Accommodations on Campus
If you have reserved on-campus lodging, check-in begins on Thursday, May 23, at 11 a.m. and check-out by 8 p.m. on Friday, May 24. more info >>

Each room has two single beds and will be supplied with blankets, sheets, pillows, bath towels, soap and glasses (rooms are not air conditioned).

Animals/Pets at Commencement

For the safety and comfort of the animals and our guests, it is important that pets be left at home. With the exception of service animals, pets of any kind are not allowed on campus or at Commencement. Please do not leave your pet in your vehicle.

 

Assistive Listening System

ALSAn assistive listening system (ALS) will be available for both Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement. You may be required to leave a form of identification as a deposit. The assistive listening device will allow you to hear the ceremony from your seat. Please return the device at the close of the ceremony to the location from which it was borrowed and your identification will be returned to you.

Devices may be picked up from the following locations:

Baccalaureate Mass

  • Hart Center Lawn: Table near the road to the Hart Center
  • Hart Center (in the event of rain): Near the concession stands in the lobby

Commencement

  • Fitton Football Stadium: Table near the locker room used by health services.
  • Seelos Theater (indoor simulcast viewing): Table in the lobby
  • Kimball 3 (indoor simulcast viewing): Table near the projector
  • Hart Center (in the event of rain): Near the concession stands in the lobby


Special Needs Arrangements

Public Safety will assist in arranging parking and access to Commencement exercises for guests who use a wheelchair, who have disabled parking placards/license plates, or who have other special needs. Please call 508-793-2224 for assistance and information.

Please also allow sufficient time to navigate increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic on campus, especially when dropping off guests at entrances to the football stadium.

For additional information on the location of handicapped accessible entrances to buildings, elevators, ramps, and restrooms, please view the handicap parking map.

Important notes: Guests using wheelchairs should enter at Gate O (just past the baseball field), and will be directed to a designated area on the football field. Two companions can also be accommodated in this area. Guests who do not use wheelchairs but need handicapped access to the football stadium should enter on Fitton Avenue.

A final note: In consideration of the College’s hilly terrain and the need to climb stairs when walking from one part of campus to another, visitors may want to take advantage of the shuttle bus service available before and after Commencement. Some visitors may also prefer to view the live broadcast of Commencement in Kimball Hall or Seelos Theater, which is located in Kimball.

Questions?

If you have additional questions, please e-mail commence@holycross.edu