Undergraduate Student Commencement Guide
College of Arts and Sciences
Diploma Distribution Ceremony The list of students eligible to participate in the diploma distribution ceremony is posted on the bulletin board outside of the Associate Dean's Office (Gasson 109). The list will be in alphabetical order.
Formal distribution of diplomas will take place in Alumni Stadium immediately after the University Commencement Ceremony and will last about 90 minutes. Graduates should go to their seats on the floor of the Stadium at once.
You must be wearing academic regalia. Any other form of apparel or uniform will not be allowed on the stage.
- Students will be seated alphabetically, beginning in the right-hand section facing the stage.
- A card with your name will be placed on your seat. Bring your card with you to the stage and hand it to the faculty marshal as you approach the stage.
- Approach the stage in a single line from the right as directed by the marshals.
- As the marshal announces your name, proceed across the stage and receive a congratulatory handshake from the dean.
- As you exit the ramp, proceed to the table where a marshal will give you an envelope with your diploma.
- Proceed back to your seat as directed by the marshals. Students must remain in their seats until all diplomas are distributed.
If you have not fulfilled the academic requirements for your degree or have not satisfied your financial obligations to the University, your diploma will be withheld.
Awards Ceremony: Sunday, May 19, 3:00 p.m. The College of Arts and Sciences Awards Ceremony will be held in Robsham Theater. Those undergraduates who have achieved departmental and school-wide awards will be recognized. Recipients will be notified in advance. Parents, family, and friends are welcome. Business casual attire is appropriate.
James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies
Commencement Packets Commencement robes ordered through the Woods College of Advancing Studies may be picked up from May 10 through May 17.
Diploma Ceremony Formal distribution of Woods College of Advancing Studies diplomas will take place in St. Ignatius Church immediately after the University Commencement Ceremony.
For the Diploma Ceremony, students should take their assigned seats in the designated area in St. Ignatius Church.
Students should wear academic regalia—cap, gown, and hood. Undergraduates will be seated on the left-hand side facing the altar, and graduate students will be seated on the right-hand side.
Students will be seated alphabetically within their degree program and will approach the podium by row, single file, once their name has been announced. Graduates will then proceed to the center where the Dean will hand them their diploma, and the Commencement photographer will take their picture. Out of respect for classmates and families, students must return to their seats after picking up their diplomas and remain seated until the close of the ceremony. If students have not fulfilled all of the academic requirements for their degree or have not satisfied their financial obligations to the University, their diplomas will be withheld.
Carroll School of Management
All members of the Class of 2013 are permitted to participate in the University Commencement Ceremony in Alumni Stadium. However, any senior who is not receiving a degree due to lack of courses or failures, including those incurred this semester, will not be permitted to participate in the individual awarding of the diplomas without prior permission.
It is important that those not graduating fully understand that they are not permitted to sit with the diploma recipients in Conte Forum without prior permission from Associate Dean Richard Keeley.
Diploma Distribution Ceremony Presentation of diplomas will take place in Conte Forum immediately following the University Commencement Ceremony in Alumni Stadium. Please proceed immediately to Conte Forum.
Awards Ceremony: Sunday, May 19, 2:00 p.m. The CSOM Awards Ceremony will be held in Fulton 511. Students who have achieved departmental and school-wide awards will be recognized. Recipients will be notified in advance. Parents, family, and friends are welcome. Business attire is appropriate.
Please note: The Shaw Award is a cash prize awarded to a senior in CSOM who has been accepted to a recognized law school. If you have been accepted to law school and you are interested in this award, please drop off a copy of your acceptance letter and a résumé to Dean Keeley in Fulton 360 by Friday, April 5.
Rain Plan In case of rain, the CSOM diploma ceremony will take place in the Flynn Recreation Complex, North Wing immediately following the University Commencement Ceremony. Rain tickets are required to attend this diploma ceremony and will be available at cap and gown distribution.
Seating Graduates will be seated in alphabetical order. (Honors Program graduates are seated first, with the remainder of graduates behind them.) Find your name and be seated as soon as possible.
Application Information for Student Commencement Speaker One student speaker will be selected for the CSOM Commencement Diploma Ceremony. The speaker is limited to an address of approximately five to ten minutes in length, and the speech should be about issues appropriate for a Commencement address.
Applications are restricted to a member of the CSOM senior class who (1) has a cumulative average of at least 3.0 while enrolled at Boston College, (2) will have completed all degree requirements and will receive the Bachelor's degree at the Commencement ceremony, and (3) has participated in one or more campus and/or community activities.
Finalists who meet these criteria are invited to submit a 750-word draft of their speech and a résumé to the Associate Dean's Office in Fulton 360. Finalists may be invited to present their speech before the Commencement Speaker Committee. The final selection will be made by the Committee in consultation with the Undergraduate Associate Dean. The deadline for all applicants is Friday, April 19.
Connell School of Nursing
Senior Meeting On Thursday, May 16, at 11:00 a.m. in Cushing 001, Associate Dean Catherine Read will meet with all seniors to review instructions for Convocation and Commencement activities and to discuss your experiences at the Connell School of Nursing. Your feedback is very important to the School.
Convocation Ceremony The CSON Convocation ceremony is Sunday, May 19, at 3:00 p.m. on Burns Library Lawn. Graduates should assemble near the steps of Burns Library by 2:15 p.m. so that a group picture may be taken and lines can be formed for proceeding to the ceremony. Convocation attire is academic dress—gown (no hood or cap). No tickets are needed for Convocation. Graduates will receive six (6) invitations but can invite as many guests as they wish. Additional Convocation invitations may be obtained from Maureen Eldredge, Associate Director of Student Services or Christine Murphy, the Undergraduate Program Assistant in Cushing Hall 202 on a first-come, first-served basis. During the Convocation ceremony, graduates will receive their nursing pins from Dean Susan Gennaro. All nursing pins must be purchased from the Boston College Bookstore and brought to Maureen's or Chris' office in Cushing Hall 202 NO LATER than Monday, May 13. Pin boxes should be clearly marked on the back with your name. Pins will be placed on stage so they can be given out during the ceremony. Various CSON awards are given out at Convocation, including Certificates of Leadership and Volunteering.
The CSON Convocation group picture and individual photos of graduates receiving their pins will be available for purchase from Commencement Photos, Inc.
A reception for Graduates and their guests will immediately follow in the area surrounding Burns Library.
Diploma Distribution Ceremony On Monday, May 20, formal distribution of all CSON degrees will take place on the Campus Green immediately after the University Ceremony in Alumni Stadium. A student who is not receiving a degree due to failure or a missing course may not participate in the ceremony without permission from Associate Dean Catherine Read. Commencement attire is academic dress—cap, gown, and hood.
Graduates and their guests should go directly to the Campus Green immediately following the University Commencement Ceremony. There will be people holding signs directing you to the line-up area which will be the north walkway of Stokes Hall. In the event of severe weather, each student will be issued three (3) rain tickets for entrance to the ceremony in the Carney Dining facility of McElroy Commons. Individual photographs of graduates receiving their degrees will be available for purchase from Commencement Photos, Inc. Graduates should phone (978) 851-5924 if they did not receive an order form. The CSON ceremony should be over by 2:00 p.m.
Congratulations, Graduates! The staff and faculty of the William F. Connell School of Nursing wish you much happiness and success in your nursing endeavors!
Lynch School of Education
Commencement Packets Beginning May 1, all graduating seniors must come to the Lynch School, Office of Undergraduate Student Services in Campion Hall 104, to pick up their rain tickets for the Lynch School's diploma ceremony.
Awards Ceremony The Lynch School of Education will hold its Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 19, at 3:00 p.m. on Bapst Lawn. This ceremony includes the distribution of both undergraduate and graduate awards as well as a robing ceremony for the graduating doctoral students. A reception for all recipients and their guests will be held immediately following the ceremony in the same Bapst Lawn area.
Diploma Distribution Ceremony Formal distribution of Lynch School diplomas for both undergraduates and graduates will take place in a joint ceremony on O'Neill Library Plaza immediately after the University Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 20. Shuttle buses will be available outside Gate E of the Stadium to bring guests to the Diploma Ceremony. The rain location will be the East Wing of the Recreation Complex.
For the Diploma Ceremony, students will take their assigned seats in the designated area on O'Neill Plaza. Students will wear academic regalia. Undergraduates will be seated on the right-hand side facing the stage, and graduate students will be on the left-hand side. Diplomas will be distributed by degree program beginning with the undergraduate programs, followed by the master's programs and then the doctoral programs.
Students will be seated alphabetically within their degree program and will approach the stage by row, single file, once their degree program has been announced. The students' names will be announced, and then they will proceed to the center of the platform where the Dean will hand them their diploma. Students will exit to the left of the stage. All rolled diplomas given will be blank, and students will receive their official flat diploma at the table to the left of the stage. Out of respect for their classmates and their families, we ask that students return to their seats after they pick up their official diploma and remain seated until the close of the ceremony. If students have not fulfilled all of the academic requirements for their degree or have not satisfied their financial obligations to the University, their diplomas will be withheld.