UMass celebrating its nearly 20,000-member Class of 2022

BOSTON – Nearly 20,000 undergraduate and graduate students are receiving degrees from the University of Massachusetts over the next month during celebrations that began last week at UMass Dartmouth, followed by UMass Amherst and UMass Lowell this weekend, and UMass Boston and UMass Chan Medical School in the coming weeks.

More than 82 percent of the roughly 55,000 UMass undergraduate students are Massachusetts residents. Of the half million-plus UMass undergraduate and graduate alumni worldwide, 330,000 live in Massachusetts, building their lives and careers, fueling the workforce, and transforming communities through service.

In a video message to the UMass Class of 2022 released today on social media, UMass President Marty Meehan congratulated the graduates on their proven flexibility, adaptability, resilience and resourcefulness over these past years, all hallmarks of UMass alumni and the university’s distinctive role “as one of the Commonwealth’s greatest assets.”

As a UMass graduate himself, President Meehan (UMass Lowell ‘78) encouraged the UMass Class of 2022 to become active members of UMass Nation. UMass “has shaped our state’s past and through your contributions of talent, ingenuity and energy will define its future,” Meehan said. “Our world is full of challenges, but your world is full of possibilities.”

UMass commencement details

UMass Amherst will host commencement and senior recognition ceremonies to celebrate the 9,000 members of its Class of 2022 from Thursday, May 12 to Saturday, May 14. The university will host Master’s and Doctoral Degree/Graduate Commencement on Friday, May 13 at 9 a.m. UMass Amherst will honor its graduating seniors during Undergraduate Commencement on May 13, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will be livestreamed from McGuirk Alumni Stadium for those unable to attend, or who wish to celebrate from a distance. For more information, visit

UMass Boston will honor its 4,000-member Class of 2022 in two in-person commencement celebrations: one for undergraduate degree recipients and one for graduate degree recipients. These celebrations include December 2021, May 2022 and August 2022 candidates. The undergraduate commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 27 at 9:30 a.m. The graduate commencement ceremony will also be held on May 27 at 3:00 p.m. Candidates for doctoral and master’s degrees, certificates of advanced graduate study and post-master’s certificates will be invited to participate in this program with the chancellor, deans and faculty. Both commencement ceremonies will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston. For more information, visit

UMass Dartmouth: On Friday, May 6, UMass Dartmouth held two commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2022. The first ceremony featured undergraduate and graduate students from the School for Marine Science & Technology, College of Engineering, and Charlton College of Business. The afternoon ceremony featured undergraduate and graduate students from the College of Visual & Performing Arts, College of Nursing & Health Sciences, and the College of Arts & Sciences. All ceremonies were held at Cressy Field on the Main Campus and livestreamed. The UMass Law Class of 2022 was held on Monday, May 9, in the main campus Auditorium. There are an estimated 1,900 members of the UMass Dartmouth Class of 2022. For UMass Dartmouth Commencement highlights, visit

UMass Lowell will honor it 4,600-member Class of 2022 during in-person Commencement Ceremonies at the Tsongas Center in Lowell. Three ceremonies will be held from Friday, May 13 to Saturday, May 14. The university will host a morning ceremony for doctoral and master’s and intercampus programs on Friday starting at 9 a.m.  Two ceremonies will be held on Saturday to celebrate this year’s undergraduates, featuring Commencement addresses and other honors. All ceremonies will be streamed live, beginning 30 minutes before each commencement. For more information, visit

UMass Chan Medical School will celebrate its 263-member Class of 2022 graduates from the T.H. Chan School of Medicine, the Tan Chingfen Graduate School of Nursing and the Morningside Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences on Sunday, June 5.  This year’s ceremony will be held on the UMass Chan Medical School campus, under the tent, on Campus Green #2. The ceremony will also be livestreamed on the UMass Chan’s YouTube and Facebook pages. The ceremony will begin at noon, rain or shine. For more information, visit