Traffic delays expected Friday during UMass commencement

UMass Boston officials are warning local residents to expect heavy traffic on the streets surrounding the university during Friday morning and mid-afternoon, as 10,000 students, parents, and university officials will be streaming onto the campus for commencement festivities.

“Traffic will be heaviest on Morrissey and Day boulevards and on Mt. Vernon Street near the JFK/UMass Boston MBTA stop,” the traffic advisory says. “Attendees are encouraged to use public transportation or to park in the former Bayside Exposition Center parking lot for free shuttle bus transportation to campus.”

The Columbia Point campus is bordered by Morrissey Boulevard and Mt. Vernon Street. Traffic delays could occur on Day Boulevard nearby as well.

Over 3,800 students are scheduled to receive diplomas and hear Anwarul Karim Chowdhury, former United Nations undersecretary-general and former president of the UN Security Council, give the commencement address.

Jackie Jenkins Scott, president of Wheelock College, will receive an honorary degree, as will James Wuye and Imam Muhammad Ashafa, cofounders of the Interfaith Mediation Centre in Nigeria. Philanthropist Carla Lynton will accept a posthumous degree on behalf of her husband, Ernest. Los Angeles native Albert Chen will receive the John F. Kennedy Award for undergraduate achievement.