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The University of Massachusetts will hold a series of graduation events, beginning this week with its Amherst and Lowell campuses, college officials said Wednesday.

Nearly 19,000 students are graduating from the five schools, 80 percent of whom are “projected to stay in Massachusetts to build their lives and careers, fuel the workforce, and transform communities through service,” John Hoey, a University of Massachusetts spokesman, said in a statement.

UMass President Marty Meehan released a video message to graduates, praising their “can-do attitude that has come to define the University of Massachusetts for generations.”

“There has been a spirit familiar to those of us who have ever attended, taught, discovered, or worked at the university,” Meehan said. “It is a can-do attitude that has come to define the University of Massachusetts for generations and defines the Class of 2021 — a spirit fueled by ingenuity and an unyielding commitment to excellence — a truly revolutionary spirit.”


Here’s how the universities plan to celebrate the class of 2021:

  • UMass Amherst will hold an in-person ceremony Thursday at McGuirk Alumni Stadium for graduate students, with two guests allowed per graduate. On Friday, the university will hold four undergraduate ceremonies.
  • UMass Boston will hold two in-person ceremonies for undergraduates on Aug. 26 at TD Garden — an afternoon ceremony to honor the class of 2020 and a morning ceremony to honor the class of 2021.
  • UMass Dartmouth has two ceremonies planned for June 11, one for last year’s undergraduate class and one for the law school’s classes of 2020 and 2021. Three ceremonies will be held June 12 for the class of 2021. The ceremonies will be held in person at Cressy Field. Each graduate is allowed two guests.
  • UMass Lowell will hold seven ceremonies, beginning Wednesday and ending Friday, to honor this year’s graduates. An in-person ceremony will be held at the Tsongas Center while the commencement address will be delivered virtually. Each graduate is allowed to bring two guests.
  • On June 6, UMass Medical School will hold an in-person, outdoor ceremony at Coughlin Field on Worcester State University’s campus to honor this year’s graduates and issue four honorary degrees. Each graduate is allowed to bring four guests.

Charlie McKenna can be reached at charlie.mckenna@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @charliemckenna9.