AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – Drivers should expect delays and road closures through Saturday due to move-out and commencement activities at UMass Amherst.

Nearly 11,000 UMass students will be moving off campus Wednesday and Thursday which could cause an increase in traffic on Route 116, Massachusetts Avenue, and Commonwealth Avenue. Even more, traffic is expected Friday, when graduate and undergraduate commencement ceremonies are taking place.

MAP: UMass Amherst Traffic

Thursday: Commonwealth Honors College will hold its Celebration of Excellence from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Mullins Center.

Friday: Graduate Commencement at the McGuirk Alumni Stadium from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Road closures begin at 7:30 a.m. until noon on University Drive from Massachusetts Avenue to Amity Street. Rocky Hill Road from University Drive to North Maple Street will be closed on Friday from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 2 to 8 p.m. to accommodate shuttle bus traffic to both the Graduate and Undergraduate commencement ceremonies at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Undergraduate Commencement begins at 4:30 p.m. at the McGuirk Alumni Stadium. North Pleasant Street be closed to all traffic from Massachusetts Avenue to Eastman Lane.

Access to campus will be from the north on North Pleasant Street in North Amherst, from the south on Route 116 and from Amherst Center on North Pleasant Street.


9-11:30 a.m.

  • Graduate Commencement – McGuirk Alumni Stadium

10-11 a.m.

  • ROTC Commissioning (Army) Ceremony – Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall

1-2:30 p.m.

4:30-6:30 p.m.

7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ROTC Commissioning (Air Force) Ceremony – TBD

There are additional ceremonies for individual schools at the University on Saturday.


9-11 a.m.

9-10:30 a.m.

  • Elaine Marieb College of Nursing – Bromery Center for the Arts

10-11:30 a.m.

1-2:30 p.m.

1:30-3:30 p.m.

2-3:30 p.m.

3:30-5 p.m.

5:30-7:30 p.m.