Information on the College's 174th Commencement Exercises for the Class of 2020, which will be held in the spring of 2021, will be announced at a later date.
Baccalaureate Mass on Campus
Guests on Thursday may park in the following locations:
- Hogan Lots
- Freshman Field
- Parking Garage
- Shuttles will be available to and from Hogan lots, parking garage, and Freshman Field
Information for Guests with Disabilities
Guests using wheelchairs may access the football stadium at Gate # O, off of 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 at the DCU Center
The DCU Center is located at 50 Foster Street, Worcester, Mass.
The DCU Center partners with a variety of parking garages in the surrounding area. A complete list of these locations can be found on the DCU Center website. Additional spots have also been reserved in private lots owned by Unum (garage entrance at 51 Foster St) and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (lot entrance at 28 Mulberry St). Please be sure to leave plenty of time to park and walk to the DCU Center.
Information for Guests with Disabilities
For guests using wheelchairs, and those who are elderly, the DCU Center is completely handicapped accessible. More information can be found on the DCU Center website. ASL interpreters will also be present on the stage throughout commencement.
Entering the DCU Center
All guests must enter the DCU Center through the main entrance at the intersection of Major Taylor Blvd and Foster Street.
8 a.m. Doors will open to the DCU Center lobby at 8 a.m.
9 a.m. Arena doors will open at 9 a.m. for seating
10:15 a.m. Remarks from Senior Vice President Frank Vellaccio followed by procession of graduates into arena
10:30 a.m. Commencement Ceremony (approximately 2 hours long)
12:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Reception in DCU Center Convention Hall. All graduates and guests are invited and welcome.
The entrance to the Convention Center reception site is on Major Taylor Boulevard. Please refer to the map below. Guests must exit the DCU Center Arena through the main entrance (marked in red below), and proceed to their left, along the outside of the DCU Center. The entrances to the DCU Convention Center Reception Site will be clearly marked (marked in green below).
This map notes the entrances to the Convention Center; you may either walk along the outside of the building, or walk through the arena floor after the graduates and faculty have recessed. There are volunteer student ushers throughout the arena who can help provide directions or additional information as needed.
Departments will be located at these locations during the reception
1-World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, Spanish
4-Economics and Accounting
5-Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies
6-International Studies, Political Science
7-Asian Studies, Sociology and Anthropology
8-Mathematics and Computer Science, Naval Science
9-Music, Theatre,Visual Arts
11-Biology, Environmental Studies
Commencement Exercises will be held at the DCU Center rain or shine.
For campus events, in the event of inclement weather, information will be posted to this website. Please see the schedule of events for inclement weather information for specific events.
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 at the DCU Center. Please do not leave your pet in your vehicle.
Bag and Security Information
To ensure the safety of all guests at Commencement, no large bags or backpacks will be allowed at the Mass or at the DCU Center.
Live, Closed-Circuit Coverage
Live coverage (video and audio) of Commencement will be available online. More info »
Campus Services After Commencement
- Cool Beans – Open until 6 p.m., Hogan 1
- Holy Cross Bookstore – Open until 6 p.m., Hogan 1 (The Bookstore will also be onsite at the DCU Center with select items for graduates)
- Post Office – Open until 6 p.m., Hogan 1
- Residence Halls – Checkout must be completed by 8 p.m.
Last Night on The Hill Celebration
A maximum of three tickets per graduate may be ordered online prior to April 13, 2020; if any tickets remain after this date, they will be released for sale, without limit. Tickets are sent to your graduating students' campus P.O. Box during Senior Week. Please note: You will need your student’s name and Holy Cross P.O. Box number when you place your online order for these tickets. Preordered tickets will be placed in student mailboxes Senior Week.
DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, Mass. There is no limit to the number of people who may attend the Commencement Exercises at the DCU Center. Tickets are not required.
Accommodations/ Area Information
A list of hotels located in the greater Worcester area is available online at: More info »
Please note: Dinner is not provided on campus on Thursday evening.
Accommodations on Campus
A limited number of double occupancy residence hall rooms are available on Thursday, May 21, 2020. These rooms are available on a first-come, first-serve basis for $50. Please note that these rooms are not air-conditioned. Each room shares a common bathroom, has two single beds and is supplied with linens and towels. Reservation deadline for rooms is April 13, 2020.
If you have reserved on-campus lodging, check-in begins on Thursday, May 21, 2020 in Hogan 109 at noon- 4:30 p.m., check-out is 8 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2020.
Special Needs Arrangements
Public Safety will assist in arranging parking and access for the on-campus 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. Shuttle service will be available on May 21 for the Baccalaureate Mass to transport guests to the Fitton Football Stadium.
On Thursday and Friday, the following campus locations will be open during the hours noted below.
- Cool Beans and Lobby Shop (1st floor of Hogan): 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Crossroads (ground level of Hogan): 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
- Cool Beans and Lobby Shop (1st floor of Hogan): 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Crossroads (ground level of Hogan): 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Should you have any further questions, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at 508-793-3475 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.