Commencement at Boston College
MONDAY, MAY 18, 2015
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The 139th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Alumni Stadium. Commencement Exercises are a two-part ceremony. The University Commencement (main ceremony) will start with a procession at 9:15 a.m. All graduates should be in assembly areas by 8:15 a.m. The academic procession into Alumni Stadium for the University Commencement will begin at 9:15 a.m. Family and guests should be seated by that time. This will be followed by individual School and College Diploma Ceremonies. All should be completed no later than 2:00 p.m.
Boston College Law School Commencement
The Law School commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 22, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., in Conte Forum on the Chestnut Hill Campus. For more information, please visit the Law School Commencement webpage.
Commencement Speaker Announced
The 2014 Commencement speaker was U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry, a graduate of Boston College Law School and former senior U.S. senator from Massachusetts regarded as one of America’s most eminent senior statesmen. Following his nomination in December of 2012 by President Barack Obama, Kerry became the first sitting Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman in more than a century to serve as America’s top diplomat. Since then, he has traveled to many of the world’s geopolitical flashpoints, including the Middle East, Ukraine and Afghanistan, and led diplomatic efforts on issues such as the removal of chemical weapons from Syria, the Middle East peace process, and the South Sudan conflict. Kerry also has traveled twice to the Vatican to meet with the Holy See on a range of issues.
Boston College also presented honorary degrees to four other distinguished individuals: Boston Celtics legend and basketball Hall-of-Famer Bob Cousy; alumna Ann Riley Finck, an award-winning leader in the nursing profession; alumna Paloma Izquierdo-Hernandez, president and CEO of Urban Health Plan Inc.; and alumnus and University Trustee Robert Morrissey, founder and senior partner of Boston law firm Morrissey, Hawkins & Lynch.