Frequently Asked Questions and Important Phone Numbers
Boston College Commencement
What is the date of the Commencement Exercises?
Commencement is Monday, May 22, 2017. 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 (MCA&S, CSON & CSOM) or in the deans' offices (LSOE, grad and undergrad).
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.
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.
|For the most up-to-date information regarding Commencement.||firstname.lastname@example.org
Recording available during Commencement Weekend for announcements and updates. 617-552-INFO
(Student Mailings for Diploma Ceremonies)
|For information about student's status in fulfilling degree requirements, student financial accounts and email@example.com
|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
|Boston College Police Department||www.bc.edu/bcpd||For emergencies:
For lost and found:
Diploma Ceremony Information
|Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences||Theresa Alden
|Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences - Graduate School
|Woods College of Advancing Studies||Marisol Godinez
|School of Social Work||Teresa Schirmer
|Carroll School of Management||Erica L. Graf & Sara Nunziata||617-552-0462 or 3932|
|Carroll School of Management - Graduate Programs||Maryellen Jordanfirstname.lastname@example.org||617-552-2327|
|Connell School of Nursing||Julianna Gonzalez
|Connell School of Nursing - Graduate Programs||Julianna Gonzalez
|Lynch School of Education||Maureen Raymondemail@example.com||617-552-4204|
|Lynch School of Education - Graduate Programs||Tricia Stamper
|School of Theology and Ministry||Terry Lima||