Commencement

SMFA COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY AND EVENTS
SMFA's 2014 commencement ceremony was held on Sunday, May 18 at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (map).

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who are the commencement speakers at this year's ceremony?
The 2014 SMFA commencement speaker was Ann and Graham Gund Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Malcom Rogers. In his final year as director of the Museum, Mr. Rogers has presided over the MFA for almost 20 years, and has been integral in development of both the Museum and the School. Read more in the press release. Read his speech here.

The faculty speaker was outgoing visual artist and faculty member David Davison, a key member of the SMFA community and somene who has contributed to the School for more than two decades.

The student speaker was BFA,'14 graduate Nathaniel Grossman.

How many tickets does each degree candidate get?
The SMFA ceremony is a ticketed event, and space is extremely limited. As of today, each graduate is guaranteed 2 tickets for family/friends and 1 ticket for him/herself. Please check back for updates as there is a potential that more tickets per graduate will become available.

If you do NOT plan to attend the SMFA commencement ceremony, please email Student Affairs (studentaffairs@smfa.edu) to forfeit your tickets, and arrange to have your diploma mailed to you.

Where is commencement?
The commencement ceremony takes place in the Museum of Fine Arts' beautiful Shapiro Courtyard. Guests and graduates should enter through the Museum's State Street Corporation Fenway Entrance. The museum is located at 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115 (map).

What should I wear to commencement?
The SMFA commencement ceremony dress code does not include caps and gowns, but degree candidates are encouraged to dress up for the occasion. See the slideshow of last year's commencement to get an idea of the dress code.

If you plan to attend the Tufts ceremony Sunday morning, you should be aware that participating students wear caps and gowns. SMFA students are not required to wear caps and gowns, but if you wish to do so, you may purchase one through the Tufts University Bookstore website, or by calling the bookstore at 617-627-3468. Bachelor's gown, cap, tassel, and announcement package cost $57.98. Master's gown, cap, and tassel cost $49.98. Orders must be placed by March.

How many students typically graduate?
About 220 students graduated from SMFA in May 2014 across all five SMFA programs (BFA, DIP, PB, MFA, and MAT). Not everyone participates in the ceremony, but an attendance of about 800 people to the SMFA commencement ceremony is normal.

Do children need tickets to the SMFA commencement ceremony?
All guests over the age of three must have a ticket to the ceremony and will be required to show it to enter the Museum.

How do I know if I have enough credits to graduate?
If you are unsure of your credits to graduate, make an appointment with an Academic Advisor. To schedule a meeting with an Advisor:

- BFA and DIP students should stop by Academic Affairs (2nd floor of SMFA), call 617-369-3612, or email Julie Boudoukara (jboudoukara@smfa.edu)
- PB students should see Debra Samdperil (dsamdperil@smfa.edu)
- MFA students should see Lisa Bynoe (lbynoe@smfa.edu)
- MAT students should see Sarah Barahal (sbarahal@smfa.edu).

Where should my family stay in Boston for commencement?
Check out the Where to Stay page on the SMFA website for information about hotels in the area.

Where should I park?
During the reception and ceremony, guest may either find street parking (free on Sundays), or park in the MFA's Huntington Lot, the Fenway Lot, or the Museum Road Garage, all of which have entrances on Museum Road, and have their ticket validated at SMFA (reception) or the MFA (ceremony) (map).

What should I do if one of my guests attending the commencement ceremony has special needs?
Please contact the Office of Student Affairs to make special arrangements.

Call us: 617-369-3803
Email us: studentaffairs@smfa.edu
Visit us: 230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115

Who do I contact if I have questions about commencement?
Don't hesitate to contact us at Student Affairs! Our office is staffed Mondays-Fridays 9:00am-5:00pm.

Call us: 617-369-3803
Email us: studentaffairs@smfa.edu
Visit us: 230 The Fenway, Boston, MA 02115