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2017 Commencement Planning Guide
for Undergraduate Students

office of student services

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Commencement exercises at Boston College are scheduled for Monday, May 22, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in Alumni Stadium. Listed below are those details that need your attention during the coming months. Please note: January 25 is the last date for all students who plan to graduate in May 2017 to confirm/post their diploma names online (see below).

In late March, the Commencement Guide for Families booklet with information about Commencement day will be mailed to your family. To update your parents' home address, please go to, under "Account and Personal Info," click "Address/Phone/Emergency Contact" by January 25. If they do not receive it, they should contact the Office of the University Secretary, Boston College, 110 College Road, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467-3865; call 617-552-4330; e-mail:; or check the Commencement website at for the most up-to-date information regarding Commencement. The Commencement Guide for Families booklet will also be available on the main Commencement page.

Also, in late March, the Undergraduate Student Commencement Guide with detailed information about caps and gowns, seating arrangements, rain tickets, and the individual college/school diploma ceremonies will be e-mailed from the Office of Student Services to all graduates. For more information you may call 800-294-0294 or 617-552-3300 or send an e-mail to

Please read the information listed below carefully and contact the appropriate office if you have questions.

January 2017

From the Boston College Bookstore

  • Graduation Announcements
    The Boston College Bookstore has mailed information about personalized graduation announcements to your local address. If you have not received this information by mid-January, call 617-552-2667 or 800-978-0978.

From the Office of Student Services

  • Diploma Names
    To confirm your diploma name, go to, which can be accessed from any web browser, seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. until midnight (Eastern Standard Time), and select "Diploma Name Information - View/Edit" from your "My Services" menu. Enter your Eagle ID number to view your information. Your name will appear as it is listed on the University's student system. Follow the directions and post your password at the bottom of the screen, even if you have no changes. This will ensure that your diploma is printed correctly and that you are listed in the Commencement Program. Please note that only your name, degree, and Latin honors (if applicable) are printed on your diploma.

  • Degree Audits
    If you are a prospective graduate who is missing a degree requirement(s), you will be contacted by your academic recorder. All prospective graduates should review their degree audits and ensure that they are receiving this message at the end of their degree audits:


    If you have not resolved potential graduation clearance problems, contact your academic recorder immediately. Academic recorders for all schools and colleges are located in Lyons Hall. They are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Academic Recorder:
Mary McCrosson

Woods College of Advancing Studies, Carroll School of Management, Connell School of Nursing, and Lynch School of Education Academic Recorder:
Caitlin Walsh


February 2017

From the Office of Student Involvement

  • Senior Week 2017
    Information about events and ticket purchase procedures are available on the Senior Week website ( Students participating in Senior Week events will be required to sign an agreement with the Office of Student Involvement that they will observe the "Senior Week Code of Conduct." In order to have a meaningful and enjoyable Senior Week, seniors are reminded to be respectful of other people and property and to obey state and federal laws.


March 2017

From the Office of the University Secretary

  • Commencement Guide for Families
    The University Secretary's Office will be mailing A Commencement Guide for Families to the home address for all graduates in late March.

  • E-Invitations
    Graduates will have access to an E-Invite beginning in early spring. Each student eligible to graduate will receive an e-mail that will provide access to the E-Invite. There is no limit to the number of E-Invites that may be sent by each student. Please note that an E-Invite is not a ticket. No tickets are required for the Main Ceremony on May 22, 2017, which takes place rain or shine in Alumni Stadium. In case of severe weather, the diploma ceremonies for the Carroll School of Management, the Lynch School of Education, and the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences may be moved and will require tickets. Ticket distribution for the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences and Carroll School of Management will take place at Cap and Gown Distribution on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, May 17–19, 2017. Lynch School of Education tickets will be available through the Dean's Office.

From the Office of Student Services

  • Commencement Guide for Students
    Student Services will e-mail the Undergraduate Student Commencement Guide with detailed information about Commencement activities, parking, seating, and tickets for some of the School/College diploma ceremonies in the event of severe weather conditions.

  • Financial Services
    Exit interviews are mandatory for students graduating in May, August, or December who have borrowed Perkins, Presidential, Nursing, and/or Federal Direct student loans. Exit interview information will be mailed to all graduating students in March. Exit Interviews will be conducted during the month of April. Failure to complete an exit interview or to resolve any outstanding financial obligation to the University will result in a hold being placed on your diploma and transcript.


April 2017

From the Office of the University Secretary

  • Photographs
    A professional photographer will take pictures of each undergraduate student receiving his or her diploma. In early April, you will receive information about placing orders from the photographer, Commencement Photos, Inc. If you do not receive this information, call 978-851-5924.



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