Frequently Asked Questions

If you do not find the answer to your questions below, please reach out to the Commencement staff at commence@holycross.edu or 508-793-3475.

There are no restrictions on the number of guests at these events and no tickets. Seating is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Per DCU Center policies, guests may not bring in helium balloons, signs, umbrellas, bags, or outside food/beverages. Small purses/wristlets of a MAXIMUM SIZE of 8x10 inches will be permitted. Medical bags and diaper bags will be allowed and must be checked prior to entry. Please see the DCU Center website for a complete listing of prohibited items.

We are committed to the safety and security of all attendees at our commencement ceremony. Using metal detectors is a proactive measure to prevent any potentially harmful items from entering the venue, which will enhance the overall safety for everyone present. This practice is consistent with other colleges in Worcester. 

We cannot say for sure what time the ceremony will end; however, we anticipate it concluding around 12:45/1 p.m.


Guests on Thursday may park in the following locations: Hogan Lots, Freshmen Field (weather permitting), and the parking garage. Shuttles will be available to assist with transportation on-campus from lots to event locations.

The College is able to provide some transportation assistance for on-campus events via shuttles, but we are not able to supply wheelchairs. For those in need of wheelchairs for the day on Thursday or Friday, we recommend you bring your own or rent one. Apple Homecare and Rehab in Sterling, MA can be contacted for rentals.

No, this event is offered free to students and families.

Graduates are allowed up to three tickets for The Last Sunset on the Hill (including themselves). Graduates can reserve these up until Friday, May 3. Beginning on May 6, families can request additional tickets on a first come, first serve basis. Students and their families will receive an email communication once these additional tickets are available.

Printed tickets will not be distributed. Guests will be on an attendance list. Please note, an RSVP is required for this event.

Yes, the College has hired a photographer to take photos throughout the ceremony. Ceremony pictures will be posted to the College website following commencement. Additionally, photos will be taken of graduates with the President as they walk across the stage and after exiting the stage. These will be available for review and purchase from GradImages. Students will receive additional information about this.

Please contact the Purple Patcher Yearbook at patcher@g.holycross.edu or their advisor, Yandi D. Pierre '22 at ypierre@holycross.edu with questions.

Senior Week programming, sponsored by the Student Government Association Senior Class Council, will begin on Sunday, May 19, 2024. More information regarding other student celebrations will be sent to seniors from your Student Government Association Senior Class Council when it is available. Please contact the Office of Student Involvement at osi@holycross.edu with questions.

The College works with Herff Jones for the ordering of class rings. Class rings can be ordered online. Periodically, Herff Jones is on campus outside of the bookstore in the Hogan Campus Center. For more information, please contact the bookstor@holycross.edu.