Commencement Information

August 16, 2019

3:30 p.m. arrival for a 4:30 p.m. start

Getting to Commencement

Graduates and their guests should be aware that on-street parking may be somewhat limited. Parking in the Smith Parking Garage is recommended, as shuttles (not wheelchair accessible) run (every 15 minutes) from the parking garage to John M. Greene Hall on Commencement day. Parking permits (other than handicap permits) are not needed on Smith campus during Commencement weekend.

Handicap permits are issued from the SSW Registrar's Office upon completion of the special accommodations Google form.


Commencement will be livestreamed on the Smith SSW Facebook page.


Regalia for commencement is rented. All regalia must be ordered in advance and returned within one week of commencement.

Reception Tickets

Admission to the Commencement Ceremony is free and tickets are not required. Students may invite as many people as they wish.

Tickets are required for the Commencement Reception.

You will receive five tickets for the reception: one for yourself and four for your invited guests. Additional tickets may be requested but are limited to three per student and should be requested from the receptionist in Lilly Hall.

Tickets will be available starting at the end of July and can be picked up from the receptionist in Lilly Hall.


Professional photos

Professional photographs will be taken of the graduating class after Rehearsal and during the Commencement ceremony.

Details will be provided here as soon as they are available.

Personal photos

A designated photography area to the left of the stage is available for one family member or friend of each graduate to take a personal photograph of the graduate receiving his or her diploma. In consideration of the candidates for degrees and other members of the audience, and to eliminate any interference with the professional photographers, the areas in front of the stage and the ramps must be kept clear. We appreciate your cooperation in staying out of these areas.


Access to the Commencement Ceremony is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Access & accommodations: An ASL interpreter will be available for Commencement. For other disability access information or accommodations requests, please contact:

Please make your request at least 10 business days before the event (by August 5, 2019).

Transportation: As noted above, shuttles (not wheelchair accessible) will be provided to transport students and guests from the Smith parking garage. You may also contact the SSW Registrar's Office if a member of your party needs a temporary Handicap parking placard. Our contact information is 413-585-7989 or

Handicap permits are issued from the SSW Registrar's Office upon completion of the special accommodations Google form.

Wheelchairs: Smith College does not provide wheelchairs, but they may be rented from: