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2017 Commencement Planning Guide
for Graduate and Law 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. The Law School Commencement ceremony will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017, in Conte Forum on the Chestnut Hill Campus. 

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 their diploma names online (see below).

In late March, the Commencement Guide for Graduates, which includes 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 Visit for the most up-to-date information regarding Commencement. The Commencement Guide for Graduates booklet will also be available on the main Commencement website.

The Boston College Law School Commencement Exercises information web page lists hotel accommodations, graduation events, and other useful information.

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 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 ordered correctly and that you are listed in the Commencement Program. Please note that only your name, degree, and Latin honors (Law students only) are printed on your diploma.

  • Degree Requirements
    If you have questions regarding your graduation status or you have not resolved potential graduation clearance problems, contact your academic recorder immediately. 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.
Woods College of Advancing Studies—Graduate Programs, Connell School of Nursing—Graduate Programs, and Boston College Law School Academic Recorder:
Caitlin Walsh

Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Carroll School of Management—Graduate Programs, Lynch School of Education—Graduate Programs, Boston College School of Social Work, and School of Theology and Ministry Academic Recorder:
Terry Lepore

March 2017

From the Office of the University Secretary 

  • E-Invitations
    Graduates will have access to an E-Invite beginning in early spring. Each student eligible to graduate will receive an e-mail, which 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 ceremony for the Lynch School of Education may be moved and will require tickets. Ticket distribution for the Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Carroll School of Management—Graduate Programs, and Connell School of Nursing—Graduate Programs will take place at Cap and Gown Distribution on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, May 17–19, 2017. Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs tickets will be available through the Dean's Office.

From the Office of Student Services

  • Commencement Guide for Graduate Students
    Student Services will e-mail the Graduate 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 graduate 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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