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Schedule of Events

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.

Senior Portraits
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Fenwick Porch
Photographer Louie Despres will be taking photos of students in their caps and gowns on Fenwick porch throughout the day. All photos will be available here for download. To access the 2019 Commencement photos, click here for download (link).

Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony
10:00 a.m., Rehm Library
Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society will hold the 2020 initiation ceremony to welcome new members to Pi of Massachusetts, the Holy Cross Chapter. A number of students will be inducted into this prestigious honor society. Family, friends, faculty and students are welcome.  

Awards Ceremony
12:30 p.m., Dinand Library
The presentation of the Senior Academic Awards and Prizes by John Anderson, 2020 Class Dean, and the Presidential Service Awards by President Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., assisted by Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Michele C. Murray. Open to all. 

Baccalaureate Mass
3:00 p.m., Fitton Football Stadium
Led by Fr. Boroughs, this liturgy of thanksgiving is open to all seniors, their families and their guests.
Rain Location - The Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex

Celebration of the Senior Parent Gift
Immediately following Baccalaureate Mass, Fitton Baseball Field Concourse
All parents, seniors, their families and their guests are welcome to join members of the Board of Trustees, the Become More Campaign Committee, and the Senior Parent Gift Committee in announcing and celebrating the results of the 2020 Senior Parent Gift. Contributions to the Senior Parent Gift support all aspects of the Holy Cross experience for students now and in the future.
Rain Location - Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex

Dessert Reception
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Ground Level of the Hogan Campus Center

All are cordially invited to join President Philip L. Boroughs, S.J., and the College Community at this casual reception. This is a non-ticketed event.

Last Night on The Hill Celebration
8:30 p.m. – 12:00 am, Kimball Dining Hall
Members of the Class of 2020 and their families are invited to celebrate Commencement eve, and their last night on The Hill, with live music, dancing and light refreshments.

This is a ticketed event, $20 per ticket. Initial sales are limited to three tickets, including graduate. Additional tickets are likely to be released closer to the event. 



NROTC Commissioning
8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m., DCU Center (Junior Ballroom), 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA
This traditional ceremony awards commissions in the United States Navy and Marine Corps to men and women graduating through the NROTC program at the College of the Holy Cross. (NOTE: Holy Cross students awarded commissions in the United States Army and Air Force participate in the ROTC Commissioning Ceremony at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.)

Commencement Exercises
10:30 a.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA
There is no limit to the number of guests who may attend the Commencement.  The DCU Center is an indoor arena and convention center in downtown Worcester. Parking is readily available. The DCU center is fully handicap accessible. More info »

Commencement Reception
12:30 - 2:30 p.m., DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA
An opportunity for graduates and their guests to celebrate with faculty and staff. A light fare menu will be served.