UMass hockey coach Greg Carvel will speak at UMass graduation

  • UMass hockey coach Greg Carvel will deliver the commencement address at the school’s undergraduate ceremonies May 14 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium, the school announced Monday. THOM KENDALL/UMASS ATHLETICS

  • UMass hockey coach Greg Carvel will deliver the commencement address at the school’s undergraduate ceremonies May 14 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium, the school announced Monday. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

  • GREG CARVEL

Staff Writer
Published: 5/3/2021 2:37:35 PM

AMHERST — UMass hockey coach Greg Carvel will deliver the commencement address at the school’s undergraduate ceremonies May 14 at McGuirk Alumni Stadium, the school announced Monday.

Carvel led the Minutemen to their first national championship in April. He earned his master’s degree in sport management from UMass in 1998.

Because of COVID-19 restrictions, undergraduate commencement will be split into four ceremonies this year. Carvel will speak in person at all four of them.

Social distancing will be adhered to and face masks must be worn. Graduates will be allowed two guests at the ceremony.

UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy will also speak at commencement, and there will be a student speaker at each 40-minute ceremony.

“It has been such a pleasure to watch Greg Carvel lead his team of young men from the bottom of Hockey East to the top of college hockey. He is the best college hockey coach in the country,” Subbaswamy said in a release. “He coaches character as hard as he coaches skill. And he brings a work ethic, a savviness and an intellect that you would expect from a UMass Amherst alum.”

Carvel was the 2019 Spencer Penrose winner as the college hockey coach of the year and finished as runner up for the award in 2021. Both College Hockey News and USCHO.com named him the coach of the year last season.

Previously, Carvel coached at his alma mater, St. Lawrence, and was an assistant in the NHL. He also was an Amherst College assistant in 1996.




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