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What is the date of the Commencement Exercises?

Commencement is Monday, May 19, 2014. For a full list of dates and times please refer to the Schedule of Events and Activities by clicking on the link above.

Are tickets necessary for any of the ceremonies?
No, tickets are not required for the main ceremony or diploma ceremonies in normal weather conditions.  In case of severe weather some diploma ceremonies are held in different locations requiring tickets. Rain tickets are distributed to students either at cap and gown pick up (A&S and CSOM) or in the deans' offices (LSOE and CSON, grad and undergrad).

When do students and parents receive instructions about Commencement?

Will there be invitations available for graduates to send to relatives and friends?

Is there a special ceremony for December graduates?

When will the Commencement Speaker be announced?

When should we plan on arriving in Boston?
The majority of parents arrive on Saturday to take part in both the Sunday and Monday programs and activities.

When should we plan on leaving Boston?
Since all graduates will depart from Boston College on Monday in late afternoon or early evening, parents should plan to do so, too, unless they wish to extend their stay for personal reasons.

When will Senior Residence Halls close?

What about traffic and parking?

Are there any special arrangements for access to Lower Campus residence halls to move personal belongings?

Are there any special arrangements at Commencement for students and/or guests with disabilities?

How will I know if my son/daughter will be receiving a special award?

Are there special arrangements for members of the Boston College Silver Jubilee Class of 1989 and the Golden Jubilee Class of 1964?

What about cap and gown rental?

What about pictures?

How do I order a copy of Sub Turri, the Boston College Yearbook?

What about Senior Week Activities for students?

What is the date of Army ROTC Commissioning?

Is there space available on campus for private receptions during Commencement weekend? Also, what time is Commencement completed so that I may plan a reception?
No, we are unable to offer space for private functions because of the many events already taking place on Campus. We would suggest, however, that you contact a local restaurant or hotel. Individual School/College diploma ceremonies should be completed by 2:00 p.m.

What is the proper attire for guests over Commencement Weekend?
It is recommended that guests plan their attire based on the weather.  The weather in the Boston area in the month of May ranges from extremely hot and humid to very cool and possibly rainy. The Campus terrain is quite hilly; therefore comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Most guests prefer business casual.

What about hotel reservations?

 


Important Contacts

Department Contact E-mail/Website Phone

Commencement Office
Main Ceremony & General Commencement Information

For the most up-to-date information regarding Commencement. commencement@bc.edu
www.bc.edu/commencement
617-552-4330
Recording available during Commencement Weekend for announcements and updates. 617-552-INFO
Student Services
(Student Mailings for Diploma Ceremonies)
For information about student's status in fulfilling degree requirements, student financial accounts and transcripts/records. studentservices@bc.edu
www.bc.edu/studentservices

 

800-294-0294 or
617-552-3300
Student Programs Offices For information about Senior Week activities. www.bc.edu/seniorweek 617-552-3480
Office of Residential Life For residence hall closing information. www.bc.edu/reslife 617-552-3060
Boston College Bookstore For information about personalized graduation announcements, diploma frames, graduation rings and much more. www.bc.edu/bookstore 617-552-0900 or
800-978-0978
Boston College Police Department   www.bc.edu/bcpd For emergencies:
617-552-4444
For lost and found:
617-552-4440

 

 

School/ College
Diploma Ceremony Information
Contact E-mail Phone
Arts & Sciences Theresa Alden
theresa.alden@bc.edu 617-552-6870
Graduate Arts & Sciences

Bryan Fleming

bryan.fleming@bc.edu 617-552-3268
Woods College of Advancing Studies Mary Corcoran
mary.corcoran@bc.edu 617-552-3900
Graduate School of Social Work Teresa Schirmer
cinquino@bc.edu 617-552-4762
Carroll School of Management Erica L. Graf & Sara Nunziata

erica.graf.1@bc.edu

sara.nunziata@bc.edu

617-552-0462 or 3932
Carroll Graduate School of Management Maryellen Jordan maryellen.jordan@bc.edu 617-552-2327
Connell School of Nursing Julianna Gonzalez

julianna.gonzalez@bc.edu

617-552-4541
Connell Graduate School of Nursing Julianna Gonzalez

csongrad@bc.edu

Julianna.gonzalez@bc.edu

617-552-4541
Lynch School of Education Maureen Raymond maureen.raymond@bc.edu 617-552-4204
Lynch Graduate School of Education Tricia Stamper
patricia.stamper@bc.edu

617-552-2593

School of Theology and Ministry Terry Lima

terry.lima.1@bc.edu

 

617-552-6509