The 240 Trainees of the Massachusetts State Police 85th Recruit Training Troop will be sworn in as MSP Troopers Wednesday, May 6 in a brief ceremony that will encompass physical distancing and other safety precautions. The graduation ceremony will be held on the field at Gillette Stadium beginning at noon.
(For media logistics scroll down to the last few paragraphs of this advisory.)
The ceremony is expected to last approximately 45 minutes. Because of precautions necessitated by the COVID-19 public health emergency, families and friends of the Trainees and other guests will not be allowed to attend, and many ceremonial components traditionally included in MSP graduations will be excluded from the program.
The Trainees, who entered the State Police Academy in January, are graduating several weeks early in order to limit the possibility of virus transmission and to increase the MSP’s sworn ranks as it continues to assist with the state’s response to the pandemic and fulfill its regular full-service policing mission. The new Troopers will complete additional specialized topic coursework on a rotating basis post-graduation.
No MSP graduation has ever been held at Gillette Stadium before this; the location was chosen, thanks to the generous assistance of the Kraft family and the New England Patriots, because the football field allows adequate space for the Trainees to stand in formation with adequate distancing. All participants will wear masks.
UPDATE: The below information has been updated to reflect the “CHANGE TO LOGISTICS/RESCINDING OF MEDIA ACCESS INSIDE STADIUM” Please click here, for complete update.
Media are invited to cover this unique graduation. Again, because the unique circumstances under which this Recruit Training Troop will graduate, specific directions for media will be in place and facilitated by the MSP Media Relations Unit.
Media may park only in Lot 22 outside the stadium and must arrive between 10:30 and 11 a.m.
MSP will livestream the ceremony on the Department’s Facebook page. We will release selected video and still photos to media when available following the ceremony.
We respectfully request media to practice appropriate distancing and utilize masks while covering the ceremony.