Event Staff Check-in:  2:30 pm
Graduation Candidates Check-in:  3:45 pm
Marching Faculty/Staff Check-in: 5:00 pm
Procession:  6:00 pm

Commencement Event Staff

The Commencement Committee is seeking event staff to help make the event run smoothly. Roles have been grouped by the time commitment that is required. If you are interested in being Event Staff, sign up here

We welcome all who can assist. Please note, there are several opportunities to contribute and still walk in the ceremony, if you so choose. For example, we need people to distribute name cards to graduation candidates prior to the procession and those individuals would need to arrive by 2:30pm. This is a great opportunity for staff and/or faculty. Please speak with your supervisor regarding specific departmental needs during the day, your potential participation, and approval to work at the event. 

Supporting the Ceremony 

Adjunct faculty and staff who wish to support and attend the ceremony as part of the general audience will need to secure and present a Faculty/Staff General Audience ticket at the door. 

Marching Faculty & Professional Staff 

We ask that you secure a Marching Faculty/Staff ticket online to formally send a notification of your participation in the procession. Securing a ticket will assist us in better allocating the correct number of seats per section. You will be asked to present a ticket at the door. Please check in no later than 5:00 pm the evening of the event. Signs will be posted to direct you to the robing room on the 2nd level multipurpose room in the O’Keefe Center. 

Click here to reserve your ticket to the Commencement ceremony!

Post-Commencement Reception
All faculty and staff attending Commencement are invited to the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem for a post-Commencement reception. The reception will immediately follow the commencement ceremony.

Click here for directions to the Hawthorne Hotel.

For any questions about the post-Commencement reception, please contact Norene Gachignard at or 978-762-4000, extension 4433.


Faculty, Staff, Graduates and Guests must plan to arrive early to avoid traffic delays. Guests must give ample time to park, go through ticket scanning and bag checking before finding seats.

From LYNN: Follow Route 1A into Salem. At the traffic light on Loring Ave., go straight ahead onto Canal Street. O’Keefe Center is the 2nd right on Forest Street.

From ROUTE 128: Follow Route 114 to Canal Street. Take a left at Forest Street. O’Keefe Center is on the right.


Enter any parking lot entrance on Forest Street. Disability parking is available on a first come, first served basis for vehicles displaying RMV issued placards or plates.  The designated spaces are along the curb in the parking lot and next to the Center. Campus Police Officers will be in the area to provide assistance.

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