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Guide to Graduation: May 31, 2014

United States Senator Edward J. Markey to Addressed Quincy College Commencement

United States Senator for Massachusetts Edward J. Markey will address the Quincy College spring commencement on Saturday, May 31, 2014, at 1:00 pm at the Quincy Marriott in Quincy, MA. In addition, student speakers David Hawkins, from the Plymouth campus, and Tonya Hendrick-George, from the Quincy campus, will address their fellow graduates. The Star-Spangled Banner will be performed by Beverly Wooten, class of 2014. Over 450 students will receive associate degrees in arts (AA) or sciences (AS), or certificates from the College. Peter H. Tsaffaras, J.D., President of Quincy College, says “it is my firm belief that education is the passport that allows one to travel through and navigate our society. I am proud to say that our graduates have earned their passport.”


Event Details:
1. The 2014 Spring Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Quincy Marriott (subject to change) on Saturday, May 31, 2014, beginning at 1:00pm. The Quincy Marriott is located in the Crown Colony Park in Quincy (617-472-1000, quincymarriott.com, scroll down for directions & map).

2. Graduates should report to the Quincy Marriott at 11:00am. Upon arrival graduates will be directed to the appropriate area where they will be briefed on the protocol for the ceremony. Specific instructions for the processional and recessional will be given as well. There will not be a secure area to leave personal belongings during the ceremony, so please plan accordingly.

3. Honor cords will be distributed to students exemplifying outstanding academic achievement. Students will be notified upon check in.

4. A professional photographer will be taking all graduates’ photographs as they step down from the stage with their degree in hand. The photographer will provide information about purchasing photography packages and will also contact students at a later date to arrange delivery. Students are not obligated to purchase the professional photographs.

For information about purchasing photography packages, contact Commencement Photos, Inc. at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit their website www.cpigrads.com.

5. College ushers from Gamma Beta Phi will direct your family and guests to the appropriate seating for the ceremony in the ballroom. Although graduates must report at 11:00am, family and guests will not be ushered into the ballroom until approximately 12:15pm. Please note that seating is very limited. All guests must be in their seats by 1:00 p.m. when the auditorium doors close and the ceremony will begin. Please plan accordingly.

6. All graduate applicants should be aware that to participate in the Commencement Ceremony you must have met all of the requirements:
• completed all academic degree requirements
• achieved a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
• paid the Commencement fee
• settled all balances with the Business Office/Library
• completed an exit interview if you received Financial Aid

Commencement Security Measures Announcement

With hundreds of people expected to attend the Quincy College Commencement on May 31, 2014, in an effort to maximize the safety and security of all who attend the graduation event, the College is instituting security measures at the Quincy Marriott.

Everyone attending Commencement must observe the following guidelines:

• Graduates, faculty, and staff must carry their robes into the Marriott and then dress in designated assembly areas;

• Attendees are not to leave any personal items unattended in the Quincy Marriott. Personal items may not be left to save seats. Please be sure to keep personal items in your possession at all times;

• All attendees will be required to go through a security check upon entering the Quincy Marriott and they and their belongings may be subject to search. This process will be repeated each time anyone leaves and reenters the Marriott;

• If you observe any activity that appears to you to be suspicious, please report it immediately to one of the Quincy Police officers present.

Graduates, please convey this information to any family and friends who may be attending your Commencement.

Your cooperation with these measures, which are designed with everyone’s safety in mind, is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

Directions to Quincy Marriott:

Quincy Marriott
1000 Marriott Drive, Quincy, MA 02169
617-472-1000, Quincy Marriott Website

- Complimentary on-site parking

- If using a GPS ENTER the following for the hotel address:
200 Crown Colony Drive, Quincy, MA 02169

From the North:
Take I-93 South to exit 7 (Route 3), immediately take exit 18 (Braintree/Quincy). Bear left off ramp towards ‘T’ sign for Quincy Station. Follow to traffic lights and turn left onto Center St. Take immediate left into Crown Colony Park. Hotel is 1/4 mile ahead on Marriott Drive.

From the South:
Take I-95 North to I-93. Take exit 7, Route 3 South (Braintree/Cape Cod). Take first exit (exit 18), and turn left off ramp. Stay left until traffic light. Take left at light, and left into Crown Colony Park. Take a left onto Marriott Drive.