FRAMINGHAM – Framingham State University President plans to move its commencement from Framingham Centre Common to Worcester.
“I’m writing to make you aware of an important change to Framingham State’s commencement ceremony. After careful consideration, I have authorized the Commencement Committee to move the ceremony from its traditional location at the Framingham Town Green to the DCU Center in Worcester,” wrote President Javier Cevallos today, Sept. 6.
“The decision to move the ceremony was not taken lightly and we recognize it will come as a disappointment/inconvenience to some of you. The primary factor behind this decision is a lack of space available at the Town Green that forced us to limit tickets to four guests per graduate each of the past two years. Many students have expressed disappointment that more members of their families could not be on hand to witness their achievement. This is especially true for our many first-generation students, who are the first in their families to graduate from college,” wrote Cevallos.
Undergraduate commencement had more than 1,000 students this year.
“My initial hope was to find a solution that would allow us to keep the ceremony in Framingham. Over the past 18 months, the University conducted site visits at multiple possible venues, including Village Hall, Bowditch Field and Loring Arena. After carefully weighing the pros and cons of each venue, it became clear that the DCU Center was the only option for providing an unticketed event that also has ample access to parking, public transportation and security,” said Cevallos.
“Another key factor in the decision was a survey of students conducted in 2016 that found that a majority were in favor of moving the ceremony to the DCU Center because there would be no ticket limitation and weather would not be an issue,” said Cevallos. “Finally, a secondary benefit of moving the ceremony to the DCU Center is a substantial cost savings the University will achieve. We plan to pass a significant portion of that savings directly back to students by including the expense of caps and gowns in the existing graduation fee.”