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Information for Visitors

Information about the Class of 2021 Commencement for visitors.

Baccalaureate Mass

Date and Location

Thursday, May 20, at 3 p.m. ET - Fitton Field

COVID Precautions

The ceremony and related events will adhere to all COVID-19 health and safety standards as issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for colleges, universities and K-12 schools. Additional details forthcoming. 

Guests

Each graduate may invite two guests to attend Mass.

Inclement Weather

In the case of inclement weather, Baccalaureate Mass will be livestreamed from St. Joseph Memorial Chapel. Our capacity in the chapel is very limited due to COVID, so only those individuals who are participating in the Mass will be able to attend in person. 

Livestream

The event will be livestreamed. 

Campus Parking

Guests on Thursday may park in the following locations:

  • Hogan Lots
  • Freshman Field
  • Parking Garage

Information for Guests with Disabilities

Guests using wheelchairs may access the football stadium at Gate # O, off College Street. Guests with limited mobility, but not using wheelchairs, may be dropped off outside the stadium on Fitton Ave, at Gate #1. Guests entering at Gate #1 will need to be able to navigate a few stairs to enter the field.

Please see our campus map for more information on these locations.

Commencement Exercises

Date and Location

Friday, May 21, 2021 at 10:30 a.m. ET - Fitton Field

Arrival of guests will be staggered and gates will open at 8:30 a.m. 

COVID Precautions

The ceremony and related events will adhere to all COVID-19 health and safety standards as issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for colleges, universities and K-12 schools. Additional details forthcoming. 

Guests

Graduates will each be able to have two (2) guests. Guests will need to be registered and e-tickets are non-transferable. Additional details on e-ticketing are forthcoming. 

Inclement Weather

The ceremony will be held on Fitton Field rain or shine. If inclement weather forces a cancellation due to safety concerns, we will move to an entirely virtual ceremony which will be broadcast at the established time of 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 21. The decision to make a change due to weather conditions will be made no later than 7 a.m. on May 21, and communicated immediately thereafter.

Livestream

The event will be livestreamed. The video of the event will also remain online afterward for repeated viewing.

Gatherings and Receptions

We will be unable to host gatherings or receptions prior to or after the Commencement ceremony, per safety standards issued by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. 

Campus Parking 

Guests on Thursday may park in the following locations:

  • Hogan and Luth Lots
  • Freshman Field
  • Parking Garage
  • Shuttles will run from parking areas to the stadium. However, shuttle capacity is limited due to COVID restrictions. 

Information for Guests with Disabilities

Guests using wheelchairs may access the football stadium at Gate # O, off College Street. Guests with limited mobility, but not using wheelchairs, may be dropped off outside the stadium on Fitton Ave, at Gate #1. Guests entering at Gate #1 will need to be able to navigate a few stairs to enter the field.

Please see our campus map for more information on these locations.

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. Please do not leave your pet in your vehicle.

Campus Services After Commencement

  • Cool Beans – Open until 5 p.m., Hogan 1
  • Lobby Shop – Open until 5 p.m., Hogan 1
  • Holy Cross Bookstore – Open until 4:30 p.m., Hogan 1 
  • Post Office – Open until 4:30 p.m., Hogan 1
  • Residence Halls – Checkout must be completed by 8 p.m. 

Accommodations/ Area Information

Hotel/Motel

View a list of hotels located in the greater Worcester area. 

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

Restaurants

View a list of restaurants located in the greater Worcester area. 

Special Needs Arrangements

Public Safety will assist in arranging parking and access for Commencement-related events; this includes guests who use a wheelchair, who have disabled parking placards/license plates, or who have other mobility concerns. Please call 508-793-3475 for assistance and information. 

It is important to allow sufficient time to navigate increased pedestrian and vehicle traffic on campus. We remind you that Holy Cross is located on a hill, and visitors will need to climb stairs when walking from one part of campus to another. Limited campus shuttle service will be available for the Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement.

Contact Information

Should you have any further questions, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 508-793-3475 or by email at commence@holycross.edu.