Commencement 2024

Most questions related to graduation can be answered through the information provided on this web site. Should you have additional questions, please contact or call the Office for Academic Affairs at 508-213-2201.

Commencement Activities

Commencement Rehearsal ~ Thursday, April 25
For graduating seniors in the Day Division Undergraduate program
3:45pm – Daniels Auditorium

Cap & Gown ~ The window for pre-ordering caps & gowns has closed. Please contact or call the Office for Academic Affairs at 508-213-2201 if you missed the deadline.

Senior Celebrations
For graduating seniors in the Day Division Undergraduate program
Details forthcoming ( events are subject to change).

Baccalaureate Service and The Senior Reception ~ Friday, May 3
Please join members of the Nichols College community for the Baccalaureate service. The Senior Reception will immediately follow the ceremony. This event is open to all graduating seniors and their family and friends.
4:30 PM- Athletic Center

Senior 48 Celebration Dues:
Join your classmates for your final fun-filled days on the Hill! Detailed schedule will be sent to your Nichols email. Senior 48 dues are $150, which includes food, entertainment, NC swag and more.  Dues must be paid no later than April 22nd:

  • Cash – Brought directly to the Student Life Office in Fels 301
  • Check payable to Nichols College (name & Senior Dues on the notes line) brought directly to Student Life – Fels 301
  • Online

Please reach out to any of your class officers or Class of ‘24 Advisor with any questions related to Senior Days.

Saturday, May 4
Commencement Exercises
10:00 a.m.
DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester, MA 
All graduates must arrive at the DCU Center between 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Graduates will enter the DCU Center via the Major Taylor Boulevard entrance.  Doors open to the public at 8:30 a.m. and all guests will enter the DCU Center via the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Pavilion on Foster Street

Each graduate will receive five (5) Commencement invitations at their home address. These invitations are not considered tickets and serve only as a means for graduates to invite guests; they will not be collected on Commencement Day and there is no limit to the number of guests invited. All seating is first-come, first-served.


A map of the DCU center with marked entrances

Area Information

For more information about the DCU Center, visit:

For information about accessible seating and parking, visit:

For a list of restaurants and hotels in the area, visit:

Photography & Press

A professional photography service has been hired for the ceremony; each graduate will be photographed receiving his or her diploma.  You will receive information directly from the photographer regarding the purchase of photos.  The ceremony will be recorded, and the video will be posted on the College website following the ceremony.  A press release will be sent to the graduate’s hometown newspaper.

Flowers & Gifts

Flowers will be for sale in the DCU Center at the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Pavilion entrance.

The Nichols College bookstore will also have a variety of items available for purchase.

Bags & Personal Belongings

To ensure the safety and comfort of all guests attending events at the DCU Center, event attendees may be subject to a search upon entering the facility.  Any bags measuring larger than 14″ x 16″ will NOT be permitted into the arena.  For smaller bags, searches may also be conducted.  Knapsacks, luggage, coolers, parcels, and briefcases will NOT be allowed.

Food & Beverage

Outside food and beverages are not allowed into the Arena or Convention Center. Concession stands will be open for your convenience.

Please contact or call the Office for Academic Affairs at 508-213-2201 with any questions.

Watch the 2023 Undergraduate Commencement