Congrats to 2016 College Graduates in Massachusetts

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Photo: 2016 Undergraduate Commencement at UMass Amherst

Spring is a time to celebrate in Massachusetts each year as over 100,000 students graduate from 110 public and private college and universities. Here is a list of the 2016_Commencement Dates _ Speakers_.

And it is a time for the Commonwealth to take pride in its world renowned higher education system, which helps drive Massachusetts’ economy. According to the US Census, 46.1% of Massachusetts residents hold a bachelor, master or doctorate degree, the highest percentile in the United States.

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Massachusetts (AICUM) reports that Massachusetts ranks first in the nation in percentage of students graduating from independent colleges in four years. Independent schools have a $25 billion annual economic impact on Massachusetts.

In addition to the private colleges, Massachusetts serves about 260,000 students at 29 public schools including 15 community colleges, nine state universities and five University of Massachusetts campuses, according to the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. Here is a full list of Massachusetts’ public colleges and universities.

The college commencement season is also a boost for the Massachusetts economy, since it attracts 350,000 people, mainly family and friends, to the Commonwealth, according to the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau (GBCVB). These visitors generate roughly 100,000 hotel room nights, 500,000 meals at local restaurants, and spend about $90 million.

The Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism has compiled a list of all colleges and universities in Massachusetts, separated by region. You’ll find information about the schools, and also valuable information about local transportation, seasonal activities, and special events that give you a flavor of each school. It’s a great resource for parents making their first trip to Massachusetts to explore potential colleges and universities for their children.