UMass not expecting wild parties before graduation

University has strategized to prevent parties from getting out of hand

AMHERST, Mass. (WWLP) – This is one of the last weekends that UMass Amherst students will be able to party before graduation, and the campus is making sure that celebrations do not get too out of hand.

While graduation is next Friday, they are not expecting too many parties on or around the campus this weekend, because finals are around the corner.

UMass Amherst spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski told 22News that the university has also strategized over the last few years how to stop parties from getting out of hand. He said that the university, campus police, and landlords have collaborated to monitor when and where off-campus parties happen.

It has helped diffuse hectic parties, such as the Blarney Blowout and the Hobart Hoedown. A student who lives on Hobart Lane told 22News that he has noticed the change.

“It’s nice having everyone out here and all having a good time. Usually, it doesn’t get too rowdy, but then, when everyone is trying to break it up and people aren’t listening, that’s when people start doing stupid stuff and start getting in trouble,” UMass senior Brendan Woods said.

Students who register off-campus parties with campus police are given a courtesy call 30 minutes ahead of time if police need to check on the house.

Graduation for UMass is on Friday, May 12.