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Hotels and Accommodations

There is a wide selection of hotels within two to six miles of the Campus. Rates may differ slightly on Commencement Weekend and are based on availability. We recommend asking about discounts upon making your reservation. It is strongly recommended that you make reservations as soon as possible to guarantee rooms as there are other colleges and universities in the Boston area holding commencement at about the same time as Boston College.

You may prefer to make your hotel reservation through Central Reservation Service, (617) 569-3800 or (800) 332-3026. Or you may prefer to conduct your own search using the Boston Convention and Visitors’ Bureau website located at For additional Boston-area hotel information, visit nearby Hotel Accomodations.

University Hosts

University Hosts, identified by a maroon badge inscribed "University Host," and a straw hat will be stationed throughout the campus to provide any assistance that may be needed on Commencement Day.

Travel is extremely slow because of heavy traffic

If you drive, allow ample time for reaching the campus. Boston College is easily accessible by public transportation from most area hotels.

Guests should remember that there will be a lot of walking and stair climbing

Comfortable footwear is recommended. Since the University Commencement and a number of other ceremonies are held outdoors, it is suggested that guests also bring suitable protection against the heat of the day and rain gear in case of rain.

Guests and graduates are asked not to use cell phones during the ceremonies

Cell phone use during the ceremonies, including the procession across campus, is disruptive to guests, graduates and ceremony participants.

Medical Services

Medical services will be available at the First Aid Station located on the ground level under Section U at the northeast (Gate E) corner of Alumni Stadium.

Smoking is prohibited

Smoking is prohibited in all Boston College buildings, including Alumni Stadium.

Rest Rooms

Alumni Stadium
- Ground level on all sides
- Mezzanine level on the east (Boston) side

Conte Forum
- Concourse level

Lost and Found

Boston College Police Department

Boston College Bookstore/Gift Shops

Commencement Weekend:

The Bookstore, McElroy Commons
Saturday - 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday - 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Monday - 8:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

The Hillside Shop
Saturday -10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Sunday - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday - 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


Gift Shops
Alumni Stadium (Tent-Across from Gate D)
8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Conte Forum
12 Noon to 3:00 p.m.

Class of 2018 T-shirts

The Commemorative Class of 2018 T-shirts, listing the names of all graduating students from Boston College will be available for purchase in the BC Bookstore and at various campus locations on Commencement Day. To purchase T-shirts in advance of Commencement Day please contact the BC Bookstore at (800) 978-0978 or (617) 552-0900, or you may order online at

Dining Facilities

Friday, May 18

  • Corcoran Commons
    7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Hillside Cafe
    7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 19

  • Corcoran Commons
    7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 20

  • Corcoran Commons
    7:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Hillside Cafe
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Monday, May 21

  • Corcoran Commons
    6:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Hillside Café                                                                                                           7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Stokes Hall Café
    11:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m.

Water Stations

(complimentary bottled water)
Alumni Stadium
- Ground and Mezzanine Levels
Recreation Complex
- East wing

Concession Stands

(food and beverages)

Alumni Stadium
- West Side 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Conte Forum
- 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Coffee and Pastry Stations

Alumni Stadium (Gate A and Gate D)
7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.


Flowers will be on sale at the Hillside Shop in Maloney Hall and in various tents near the gates to Alumni Stadium.


McElroy Commons
- Bookstore Lobby, Beacon St. side
Walsh Hall
- outside main entrance
Corcoran Commons
- inside main entrance
Maloney Hall
- first floor, next to elevator
Conte Forum Concourse
- southeast corner