Commencement 2016

While you will always be a member of the American International College community, Commencement begins a new and exciting chapter in your life’s journey.

It is a celebration of your academic and personal success – a day to reflect on all you’ve accomplished and on the person you hope to become in the years ahead. This page provides graduates, families, and friends the information they need leading up to the May 15th event. We will post any needed updates about Commencement and related Commencement events here, so please visit this page often.

Live Stream

American International College will be live streaming our 2016 Commencement ceremonies.
Click on the following link to go directly to the event’s YouTube page to watch the event.

2016 Live Stream


Please login to the Commencement page on myAIC for an overview of what steps you’ll need to take before graduation. Please read each of the steps outlined carefully to ensure that you do not overlook any required.

NOTE: Commencement Participation Policy

Students who elect to participate in American International College (AIC) Commencement ceremonies are advised that, in order to wear Commencement regalia and accept a diploma cover on stage as part of the class processional, the student must be in good standing and within three (3) credits of completing all degree requirements. Students within this three-credit window must obtain written permission to participate from the Office of Academic Affairs. You can contact the Office at 413.205.3449.

Exceptions to this policy may be granted for students in such programs as MEd, MBA, OT, and those others that are not scheduled to be completed until after the official Commencement exercises. In consideration of these students, the president has granted approval for those who are in programs scheduled to be completed by the end of summer to participate in the May 15, 2016 Commencement ceremony, even though they may still have outstanding course requirements to complete.

All graduating students are expected to complete the mandatory online graduate Exit Survey. A link to the survey will be sent to your AIC email account in mid-April. Completion of this survey is necessary in order to ensure that your name stays on the commencement list. All students who have received federal loans should visit the Financial Aid Office to complete an Exit Interview as well.

As you officially receive your degree, we wish you future success and growth. If you have questions not addressed on this page, please call the Office of Academic Affairs at 413.205.3449.

Please note: Degree certificates will not be given out at the May 15th Commencement ceremony. AIC will mail all degrees at a later date.

Reception Information

All graduates must arrive at the MassMutual Center in downtown Springfield no later than 2 p.m. and join their classmates in Exhibition Hall A. Enter on the Main Street side of the building and follow the signs. There will be signs to identify where each school and degree group should line up. Put on your academic regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) and find your place in line. If you have a hood, please carry it over your arm.

  • All purses, cameras, and other items should be left with your family or guests. These items tend to create disruptions, so please do not bring them into the Commencement ceremony.
  • Alcoholic beverages of any kind are strictly prohibited. Drinking of alcohol beverages before or during Commencement is not permitted.
  • Balloons (including helium balloons) and beach balls are not permitted inside the MassMutual Center. Such items will be confiscated before being allowed entry into the building.

For more information regarding the ceremony, please click on the items below.

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Parents, Family, and Friends

Please use the following guide as you make plans to attend Commencement on May 15th. (Click on each of the items below for more information.) If you have additional questions, please call the Office of Academic Affairs at 413.205.3449.

Mass Mutual Center Directions
Special Accommodations
Dining and Lodging
Inviting Foreign Guests to Commencement
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