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Commencement 2022

Ceremony schedule announced by Provost Silva

This message was sent to the Salem State campus community on March 31, 2022 from Provost Silva:

Dear Campus Community:

On behalf of the Commencement Planning Team, I am pleased to share the 2022 Commencement Ceremony schedule. This year we will be celebrating nearly 2,000 graduates from the Class of 2022 at ceremonies held May 19 – 21, 2022. The university is returning to a more traditional commencement ceremony format for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, and we could not be more excited!

I would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to Bruce Perry, Maria Machado, and the entire Commencement Planning Team for all their hard work in getting us to this stage of the planning process, and for their continued engagement leading up to the big days. Well done!

Please be sure to read the important information appearing immediately below the ceremony schedule; it includes updates on working at and participating in the events.

2022 Commencement Ceremony Schedule

Thursday, May 19

  • 9:30 am: Bertolon School of Business
  • 5 pm: School of Education

Friday, May 20

  • 2:30 pm: Maguire Meservey College of Health and Human Services

Saturday, May 21

  • 9:30 am: College of Arts and Sciences (morning ceremony)
  • 2:30 pm: College of Arts and Sciences (afternoon ceremony)

In order to ensure that we do not exceed 75% capacity in the Rockett Arena, the programs within the College of Arts and Sciences will be split into two ceremonies, the first at 9:30 am, and the second at 2:30 pm. Please review the programs and majors that will be celebrated at each specific ceremony carefully:

Saturday, May 21: 9:30 am Morning Ceremony Programs and Majors:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art, Biology, Dance, English, History, Music, Philosophy, Theatre Arts, World Languages and Cultures
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts Theatre Arts
  • Bachelor of Liberal Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies, Liberal Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geological Sciences, Information Technology, Mathematics
  • Master of Arts in English, History
  • Master of Arts/Master of Arts in Teaching English
  • Master of Arts in Teaching English, English to Speakers of Other Languages, History, Mathematics, Middle School Math, Spanish
  • Master of Science in Mathematics

Saturday, May 21: 2:30 pm Afternoon Ceremony Programs and Majors:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology
  • Bachelor of Science in Cartography GIS, Economics, Fire Science Administration, Geography, Media and Communication, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Sport and Movement Science
  • Master of Arts in Teaching Physical Education
  • Master of Science in Behavior Analysis, Counseling, Geo-Information Science, Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Commencement Tickets

All ceremonies will be held at O’Keefe Complex in the Rockett Arena. Graduates may invite up to four (4) guests to their ceremony. Tickets will be available through an online process beginning on April 20, 2022, at noon. Please keep an eye on your Salem State email for more information.

Graduation Portraits

In addition to these formal commencement ceremonies, all graduates will have the opportunity to walk across the stage in their regalia and be professionally photographed at graduation portraits held at the Sophia Gordon Center on May 12 and May 13, 2022. Participation in Graduation Portraits is by appointment, and graduates may invite up to ten (10) guests to join them for this very special event. Graduates will be able to sign up for a timeslot in Navigate beginning on Wednesday, April 13. Learn more about graduation portraits.

Faculty and Staff

Faculty and Librarians who plan to participate in Commencement are requested to RSVP by May 5.

Administrators and staff will be notified of their Commencement assignments in the near future.

Students or other members of the campus community who wish to assist at one or more of the ceremonies may email to express their availability to do so.

Health and Safety

A reminder that all Commencement activities are subject to Salem State’s health and safety protocols. Find the latest health and safety updates.

Contact the commencement team at or 978.542.GRAD (4723) with any questions.

Congratulations to the Class of 2022!


David J. Silva, PhD

Provost and Academic Vice President

Bruce Perry
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