Commencement Information

About Commencement

Holyoke Community College's Sixty-Ninth Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to noon, at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

Student Speakers and Performers

Any student eligible for graduation is encouraged to apply to be a speaker or performer at the ceremony. Apply by clicking here.  Each year, the college chooses a graduate to address the graduating class at the ceremony and a student performer. These individuals are chosen from all applicants to represent the journey of the graduates and the potential for their future. 

Video Streaming

Commencement will be live-streamed again this year, so that those who cannot attend can watch the ceremony. This link will take you to the video of that stream.

Highlights of Commencement

2016 Elaine Marieb Faculty Chair for Teaching Excellence
Founded in 1991 by Elaine Marieb, HCC professor of anatomy and physiology, this award recognizes a full-time faculty member (with five or more years of service) who exemplifies outstanding classroom teaching and the professional development, skills, and dedication to student learning that HCC faculty bring to the classroom. This year's Marieb Chair will be announced at the end of May. 

Distinguished Service Awards
Each year, the college recognizes the achievements of individuals whose dedication and outstanding service to HCC have enhanced the value of the undergraduate experience and improved the quality of life for all on campus. 

Profiles of Excellence 
Each year we put faces to the HCC tag-line "Futures Inspired" through "Profiles of Excellence," a series of student profiles that we send to the local media to showcase the diversity and excellence of our graduates.

HCC recognizes those who have earned a perfect 4.0 GPA (grade point average) with the title of valedictorian.

GradImages will photograph each graduate as s/he walks across the stage and receives a diploma. Graduates will receive a color proof by mail from GradImages, with no obligation to order. For questions or to place orders, contact them at or (800) 424-3686.

Diplomas for January and May graduates will be mailed on or around June 9. Diplomas for summer graduates will be mailed shortly after August 27.  We must have an accurate mailing address for your diploma! Check your address at your HCC online services account. If you need to make changes, submit them in writing to us by mail to the Student Records Office or in person at the Student Records Office (Frost 221). Be sure to include "2016 graduate" at the top. Updates must be completed by May 20, 2016. Diplomas may not be mailed to students with outstanding obligations to HCC (parking tickets, library books, fines, etc.), so please take care of these in advance! 

Questions? Contact the College Affairs Committee at


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040
(413) 538-7000