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2015 Commencement Planning Guide
for Undergraduate Students

office of student services


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Commencement exercises at Boston College are scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015, at 10:00 A.M. in Alumni Stadium. Listed below are those details that need your attention during the coming months. Please note: January 21 is the last date for all students who plan to graduate in May 2015 to confirm/post their diploma names on-line (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 parent’s home address, please go to the Agora Portal, under "Account and Personal Info," click "Address/Phone/Emergency Contact" by January 21. 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; email: commencement@bc.edu; or check the Commencement website website at www.bc.edu/commencement 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 emailed 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 email to studentservices@bc.edu.

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

January 2015

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 the Agora Portal, 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
    Degree Audits are sent from January through April to prospective graduates who are missing degree requirements. 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.
College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education Academic Recorder:
Mary McCrosson
1-617-552-4974
E-Mail: mary.mccrosson.76@bc.edu

Advancing Studies, School of Management, School of Nursing Academic Recorder:
Terry Rezzuti
1-617-552-4984
E-Mail: theresa.rezzuti@bc.edu

 

February 2015

From the Office of Student Involvement

  • Senior Week 2015
    Senior Week 2015 events will be announced to seniors in mid-February. Information about the events and ticket purchase procedures will also be available on the Senior Week website (www.bc.edu/seniorweek). Students participating in Senior Week events will be required to sign an agreement with the 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 2015

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.

  • Commencement Fair
    In March, Boston College will host a Commencement Fair for graduating students in the Murray Room, on the fourth floor of the Yawkey building across from the "Plex." The fair will take place on Tuesday, March 24, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Wednesday, March 25, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The fair will be a one-stop shop for students as they prepare for commencement. You will be able to preregister for your cap and gown order, join the Senior Gift honor roll, purchase GOLD alumni football tickets, sign-up for or take part in a financial aid exit interview, purchase senior week tickets, buy your senior class ring, meet with the career center, and speak with someone from your individual school about graduation requirements.

  • E-Invitations
    Graduates will have access to an E-Invite beginning in mid-March. 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 18, 2015, 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 College of Arts and Sciences may be moved and will require tickets. Ticket distribution for Arts and Sciences and Management will take place at Cap and Gown Distribution on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, May 13-15, 2015. 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 email 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 2015

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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