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MassMutual Center to hold 2012 Commencement



  • Instead of on the on campus green, this year’s graduating class will be holding Commencement at Springfield’s MassMutual Center. Photo by

Announced last Monday, the class of 2012 will have their commencement ceremony at the MassMutual Center this spring.

Located in downtown Springfield, the MassMutual Center is home to the Springfield Falcons AHL hockey team, the Springfield Armor minor league basketball team and many other events and conferences.

Meaghan B. MacDonald, senior class president, sent an email out to the student body delivering the news. She said that the decision was made with careful thought and was made with the consideration of all groups that would be involved.

“The Committee includes representation from students, faculty and staff across campus,” MacDonald said. Marsha Marotta, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, chairs the committee.

The main reason for the ceremony to be moved was the impeding construction of University Hall that has begun. The construction of the hall is scheduled to conclude in the fall of 2013 and will make the green, the usual spot for the event, unsuitable for two to three years.

MacDonald also said, “MassMutual Center allows us to avoid the disruption of construction while at the same preserving our Commencement traditions.”

She continued by saying that the MassMutual Center provides “easy access from highways, convenient parking, ample seating with unobstructed views, jumbo screens for close-up views of graduates, air conditioning, and no concerns about inclement weather.”

She concluded by saying, “The spirit of Westfield is in our students, faculty, staff, families and friends.” The commencement will be held on May 19, 2012.

Westfield State isn’t the only school that utilizes the MassMutual Center for their commencement ceremonies. Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield College, and area high schools use the hall and its many amenities.

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