Commencement Information

Graduation Gowns, Caps, and Hoods

Graduation gowns, caps, and hoods are ordered and picked up in the bookstore. If you have not already done so, please order your gown immediately. Extended bookstore hours include:

Friday, May 6 9am - 6pm
Saturday, May 14 8am - 4:30pm
Friday, May 20 9am - 5:30pm

Elms College 85th Commencement Exercises

Saturday, May 21, 2016. Doors open at 9 a.m., Commencement begins at 10 a.m.

Flowers and Photos 

Elms College Campus Ministry will be selling flowers for $20 a bouquet at the MassMutual Center box office entrance for Commencement. Proceeds from the sales are used to support Elms College Campus Ministry service activities, so treat your graduate (or yourself) to flowers and contribute to a very worthy cause. Photos taken by Elms College staff during these events will be posted on the Elms College Facebook page as soon as they are available .(

Travel Resources 


Directions to the MassMutual Center can be found Here.

MassMutual Seating Plan

MassMutual Seating Plan


MassMutual Center
1277 Main Street
Springfield, MA 01103

Guests may enter the MassMutual Center (located on Falcons Way between Main St. and Dwight St.) beginning at 9 a.m. 


Accessibility Arrangements:

  • Graduating students attending the commencement ceremony or any other Elms sponsored event  who will require special accommodations or special arrangements should contact S.A.S.S. to discuss the necessary arrangements in advance.
  • Family and Friends attending graduation events who may require special accommodations should contact Tynisha Henderson,  
  • The MassMutual Center has reserved seating sections available for individuals who use wheelchairs or who have mobility challenges.    The spaces are limited, so please plan accordingly. A MassMutual attendant may be able to assist you in locating these sections and may be able to assist any person in need, including escorting guests to accessible seating areas.
  • The MassMutual Center offers drop-off and pick-up areas at the Box Office entrance on the corner of Falcons Way and Main Street for guests requiring mobility assistance.
  • An interpreter for those who are hearing-impaired will be part of the commencement ceremony.
  • If you have specific needs not listed above nor on the MassMutual Center Accessibility link below please contact Tynisha Henderson Director of Student Accommodations and Support Services directly at (413) 265-2333 or by email at


Local Hotel Information

Hampton Inn
600 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA  01020

Comfort Inn & Suites
106 Capital Drive
West Springfield, MA  01089

Residence Inn
64 Border Way
West Springfield, MA  01089

Naomi’s Inn Bed & Breakfast
20 Springfield Street
Springfield, MA  01107

Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place
1 Monarch Place
Springfield, MA  01144

Springfield Marriott
2 Boland Way
Springfield, MA  01103

Hilton Garden Inn
800 Hall of Fame Avenue
Springfield, MA  

Homewood Suites
375 Whitney Avenue
Holyoke, MA  01040

Marriott Residence Inn
500 Memorial Drive
Chicopee, MA