Information for Guests
Planning for Commencement
Directions to Babson
Please see the Visiting Babson page for maps and directions.
On Commencement day, all parking areas, except for the reserved parking around the Webster Center, will be available to guests. While at first glance Babson may appear to have more than adequate parking, we assure you that every lot is full on Commencement day. Some parking areas are a 10- to 15-minute walk to the ceremony site; therefore, we recommend that guests arrive early.
Accessibility Accommodations for Guests with Disabilities
Babson College is committed to providing accommodations for individuals with visual, hearing, and/or orthopedic/mobility-related impairments.
- For individuals with an orthopedic/mobility-related impairment, special drop-off locations with golf-cart transportation to the tent are located on the Coleman Hall side of the Upper Athletic Fields and at the Webster Center. Directional signage will be posted.
- Seating is available to accommodate any guest with a mobility-assistance device. Please call the Events Management Office at 781-239-5265 to make arrangements, no later than Friday, April 22, 2016.
- For individuals with a hearing impairment, assistive listening devices (Nady ALD-800) will be provided upon request.
Please call the Events Management Office at 781-239-5265 before April 22, 2016, to request a device, to ask questions regarding any other accessibility issues, or to request an accommodation not listed.
Professional photographers will take pictures of each graduate: first, when the graduate crosses the stage; and then, as the graduate leaves the stage with diploma in hand. We ask guests to remain in their seats. Within approximately two weeks after Commencement, you will receive photo proofs and an order form from Grad Images. Babson College serves only in the capacity of providing the photographer. All questions regarding photographs should be directed to the studio directly at the Grad Images website.
That Special Goodbye
This Babson tradition allows faculty, administrators, undergraduates, parents, and friends to send congratulatory notes and cards to undergraduate degree candidates at the ceremony. Your message should be in a sealed standard-sized envelope, with the first and last name of the candidate on it and clearly marked Undergraduate School. The Events Management Office staff will place your envelope on the candidate’s chair before the start of the ceremony.
Only greeting cards will be accepted. We ask that you present any packages, flowers, or money after the ceremony. Please submit your card or note (with a return address), no later than Friday, April 22, to:
That Special Goodbye – Student’s Name
Events Management Office
Babson Park, MA 02457-0310
Children are welcome to attend the ceremony; however, due to safety precautions, graduates are not permitted to carry, or be accompanied by, children on stage.
We ask that you leave pets at home. With the exception of visual assistance dogs, no pets of any kind are allowed in the Commencement tent.
Places of Worship
The Glavin Family Chapel on campus is an interfaith place of worship. The schedule of services during Commencement weekend will be posted at the chapel and on the Worship Services page. There are several churches and synagogues in and around Wellesley. See Off Campus Services for an expanded list.
Commencement will be held under the tent, rain or shine, in order to accommodate a larger audience. Since New England weather can vary in May, we ask our guests to dress appropriately for the conditions. Candidates and guests must provide their own umbrellas and raincoats. Participants and guests should come prepared if inclement weather is expected on Commencement day.
Please note: Regardless of weather conditions, Babson will provide a live broadcast of the ceremony in the Carling-Sorenson Theater for guest viewing if they choose to be inside.
In the event of an extreme weather emergency, please refer to the Babson home page or the Babson College Information Line, 781-239-INFO (4636), for detailed information.
Babson hosts, identified by green ribbons on their name tags, will be stationed throughout the campus on Commencement day to provide any assistance that may be needed.
Babson's Class of 2017 is sponsoring a flower sale for families at commencement. Guests may pre-order commencement flowers, or purchase them the day of the ceremony at the tent area. Proceeds to these flower sales will help off-set costs of the Class of 2017's senior week next May.
Concession tents selling food and beverages will be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Diploma frames and Babson clothing and gifts may be purchased on the Upper Athletic Fields. The bookstore in the Donald W. Reynolds Campus Center will be open on Saturday, May 14. Please check the bookstore website for hours of operation.
Restrooms are located on both floors of the Webster Center. In addition, there will be portable facilities close to the Commencement tent area. Facilities are accessible to physically challenged guests.
Water stations will be located at several points around the Commencement tent.
Medical services will be available at the first-aid vehicle, located on site.
As a courtesy to others, we ask that all mobile devices be muted during the ceremony. Those wishing to use their devices may use them outside the tent.
Lost and Found
Lost and found articles will be held by the Office of Public Safety at 781-239-5555.