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The Olin College campus is located at 1000 Olin Way in Needham, Massachusetts, approximately 14 miles west of Boston. Click here for more detailed directions.

Once on campus, guests are asked to park in Parking Lot A. (Olin College campus map).

Handicap Accessibility

There will be a designated seating section to accommodate handicapped guests. Requests for handicapped seating should be sent to the Commencement Operations Committee.

Commencement and Reception Announcement Cards

In early April, each graduating senior will be given six commencement announcement cards. The purpose of these announcements is to inform your guests of the date and time of Commencement. Seniors wishing to inform more than six family members about the ceremony should notify Dean of Student Affairs Rae-Anne Butera. Please note that the announcements are not formal invitations, and no invitations or tickets are necessary for admittance to the ceremony.

Commencement Weekend Welcome

All graduating seniors and their immediate families are invited to the Celebrating Student Achievement event beginning at 3:30 pm on Saturday, May 16, followed by the President's Reception from 4:00-5:30 pm. Seniors wishing to invite more than six family members to the reception should notify Dean of Student Affairs Rae-Anne Butera. Current Olin College staff, faculty and their spouses are also invited to attend the reception.


Family and guests are encouraged to arrive early to better ensure a parking space. Guests are asked to park in Parking Lot A.

Photography and Videography

The Marketing & Communication office is arranging for photographic and video coverage of the Olin Commencement exercises. A photographer will be on hand to take a picture of each graduate as the diplomas are distributed. The photographs will be available HERE to download and order following Commencement. The ceremony will be live-streamed. 

Please note: Due to the large number of people attending Commencement, it is necessary to restrict access to the platform and the graduates' seating area. Guests will not be able to walk or stand in the aisles to take photographs or videotape.

Rain Plan

Every attempt will be made to conduct the Commencement Ceremonies as planned. Only in the case of severe weather that might compromise the safety of guests and participants, would the ceremony be postponed or moved to a different location. Commencement will take place under a tent, however guests should arrive prepared for New England weather conditions.

First Aid Facilities

A first-aid station will be located in the lower lobby of the Campus Center (near the Wooden Waterfall) and an ambulance will be available nearby should anyone require medical assistance.


With the exception of service animals, Public Safety has requested that no animals be permitted in the Commencement tent or on college grounds during any of the planned events associated with Commencement.

Cell Phones

Please remember to turn cellular phones to the off or silent mode while in the Commencement tent.