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Graduate Student Commencement Guide

2014


Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Commencement Exercises The Commencement Exercises at Boston College, to be held on Monday, May 19, are a two-part ceremony. The University Commencement Ceremony for all graduates takes place in Alumni Stadium with the academic procession beginning at 9:15 a.m.

Diploma Distribution Ceremony After the completion of the University Commencement Ceremony, graduates from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences assemble in Robsham Theater for the distribution of diplomas. Graduates should inform all guests of Robsham Theater's location.

Doctoral graduates and their faculty advisors will assemble in Bonn Studio, adjacent to Robsham Theater, in order to form a procession.

Master's degree graduates may go directly to the section of the Theater reserved for them and take their seats. If you have any difficulty finding a seat or have any questions, please visit the information table in the Theater lobby.

The general plan for the ceremony requires that graduates negotiate stairways to reach the stage and receive their diplomas. If this will present difficulties for you, please contact the Graduate Dean's Office by May 1 so that we can arrange access to the stage for you. (Gasson 108, 617-552-3268)

The ceremony is generally completed by 1:00 p.m. and is followed by a reception with light refreshments in the lobby of the Theater.

Please submit a completed Commencement Reply Form to the Graduate School Dean’s Office. The Commencement Reply Form may be accessed from www.bc.edu/schools/gsas/academics/graduation.html.

Only individuals who have completed all degree requirements will be allowed to participate in Commencement Exercises.

If you do not wish to participate in the formal ceremonies, your diploma will be mailed to you in late May by the Office of Student Services.

Graduation Clearance If you plan to be graduated in May, you should check with your department to make sure that you have completed all degree requirements and that your department has cleared you for graduation.

Electronic Invitations In March, each student eligible to be graduated will receive access to an electronic invitation that can be personalized and sent to family members and friends. Each student may send as many invitations as s/he wishes. Please note: These are invitations and are not used as tickets. They are not required for admission to any Commencement ceremony or activity.



 

Graduate School of Social Work

Diploma Distribution Ceremony Immediately following the University Commencement Ceremony, the Graduate School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony will be held on Burns Library Lawn, located between the Bapst/Burns Library building and Commonwealth Avenue. The ceremony will run from approximately 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. There will be handicapped parking access to the Stadium. If you have elderly or physically challenged guests coming only to the GSSW ceremony, they can be dropped off in the semicircle at the main gate, but the driver will have to park at one of the satellite sites.

All GSSW diploma recipients must line up no later than 11:45 a.m. on Linden Lane next to St. Mary's Hall.

When you arrive at the site, go immediately to the table located in front of St. Mary's Hall to receive a card with your name and a number printed on it, which indicates your position in the procession line. Keep this card with you and bring it to the stage at the time of the presentation of diplomas so that your name will be read.

The ceremony begins with the academic procession. After a welcome from Dean Alberto Godenzi, brief speeches and greetings will be given by an honored guest, a representative of the Class of 2014, and the President of the GSSW Alumni Board.

Degree recipients will be called to the podium to receive the diploma. The ceremony concludes with the presentation of the Crowley, Walsh, Halley/Essien, and Pisapia Awards.

Please note the following:

  • No tickets are required for the Burns Lawn Ceremony.
  • A professional photographer will take individual still shots of each degree recipient that will be available for purchase by mail order.
  • Remind your guests that in order for all to have a clear view, those using cameras may not approach the stage during the ceremony.
  • Light refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

Electronic Invitations In March, each student eligible to graduate will receive access to an electronic invitation which can be personalized and sent to family members and friends. Each student may send as many invitations as he/she wishes. Please note that these are invitations and are not used as tickets. They are not required for admission to any Commencement ceremony or activity.

 

 

Carroll School of Management—Graduate Programs

Diploma Distribution Ceremony After the University Commencement Ceremony, the presentation of CGSOM diplomas will take place on the Bapst Library Lawn, rain or shine.

The CGSOM diploma ceremony is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. All CGSOM diploma recipients must line up promptly at 11:45 a.m. on the sidewalk beside Bapst Library. Commencement Marshals will be strategically located in order to assist you and your guests.

When you arrive, be sure to pick up the index card with your name printed on it. Keep this card with you and bring it to the stage at the time of the presentation of diplomas so that your name will be read.

If you have any questions, please call the Graduate Dean's Office at 617-552-9100.

Please note: Formal Commencement invitations are not necessary for admission to either the University Commencement Ceremony in Alumni Stadium or the CGSOM diploma ceremony on Bapst Lawn.

Electronic Invitations In March, each student eligible to graduate will receive access to an electronic invitation which can be personalized and sent to family members and friends. There is no limit to the number of invitations each student may send. Please note: These are invitations and are not used as tickets. They are not required for admission to any Commencement ceremony or activity.

Commencement Reply Form All graduating students are asked to complete a Commencement Reply Form, which can be found at www.bc.edu/schools/csom/graduate/currentstudents/academic/cgsomcommencement.html.

Please complete the Reply Form by May 1, 2014, whether or not you plan to participate in the Commencement ceremonies.

 

 

Connell School of Nursing—Graduate Programs

Graduate Nurses' Association Commencement Dinner and Awards Ceremony This special event will be held on Sunday, May 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the Welch Dining Facility of Lyons Hall. It is a celebration dinner for all Connell School of Nursing M.S. and Ph.D. graduates and their guests. A variety of awards are presented to deserving graduate students at this event. More information will be forthcoming about this event (cost, etc.) from your GNA representatives. Please check your mailboxes in the Cushing Student Lounge. Hope to see you there!

Commencement Ceremony Formal distribution of all CSON diplomas (and Additional Specialty certificates) will take place on O’Neil Plaza immediately after the University Commencement on Monday, May 19. Graduates and their guests should go directly to the O’Neil Plaza from Alumni Stadium. There are no tickets needed for this outside ceremony. Four (4) rain tickets will be given to each graduate. In the event of severe weather, the ceremony will be held in the Carney Dining Facility of McElroy Commons.

Graduates should line up quickly and alphabetically after the Alumni stadium ceremony outside O’Neil Plaza. There will be people holding signs to direct you. There will be separate B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. lines. Ph.D. students will line up with their dissertation chairpersons (if possible) and carry their hoods, as their chairpersons will officially "hood" them when they go up on the stage to receive their diploma. See the Line-Up Instructions handout in your information packet for more detailed information.

Commencement Photographs Individual photographs of graduates receiving their diplomas and a group photograph of M.S. graduates will be available for purchase purchase from Commencement Photos, Inc. Call 978-851-5924 if you do not receive an order form. A videotape of the Alumni Stadium Commencement Ceremony can be purchased from the BC Bookstore (617-552-2667 or 800-978-0978).

The CSON Commencement ceremony should be over by 2:00 p.m. All M.S. and Ph.D. students should line up for a group picture in front of the Gasson Hall—line-up area.

Congratulations, graduates! We wish you much happiness and success in the future.

If you have questions not covered by this information, please contact Mary Beth Crowley or Julianna Gonzalez in the Graduate Programs Office (Cushing 202, 617-552-4928).

 

 

Lynch School of Education—Graduate Programs

Commencement Reply Form All graduate students are asked to complete the Commencement Reply Form found at www.bc.edu/lsoecommencement. Please complete the reply form by May 1, 2014. Once you have replied, you may pick up your severe weather tickets after May 12 in Campion 135. Each student can have up to four severe weather tickets for guests.

Electronic Invitations In March, each student eligible to graduate will receive access to an electronic invitation which can be personalized and sent to family members and friends. There is no limit to the number of invitations each student may send. Please note: These are invitations and are not used as tickets. They are not required for admission to any Commencement ceremony or activity.

Awards Ceremony The Lynch School of Education will hold its Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 18, at 3:00 p.m. on Bapst Lawn. This ceremony includes the distribution of both undergraduate and graduate awards as well as a robing ceremony for the graduating doctoral students. A reception for all recipients and their guests will be held immediately following the ceremony in Gasson Hall. Award recipients will be notified in early May.

Diploma Distribution Ceremony Formal distribution of Lynch School diplomas for both undergraduates and graduates will take place on Monday, May 19, in a joint ceremony on Campus Green (Stokes Lawn) immediately after the University Commencement Ceremony. Shuttle buses will be available outside Gate E of the Stadium to bring guests to the Diploma Ceremony. The shuttle stop for the ceremony will be "College Road". The severe weather location will be the East Wing of the Recreation Complex. For the Diploma Ceremony, students will wear academic regalia. Diplomas will be distributed by degree program beginning with the undergraduate programs and followed by the master's programs, certificate programs, and then the doctoral programs.

Students will be seated alphabetically within their degree program and will approach the stage by row, single file, once their degree program has been announced. After your name is announced, proceed to the center of the platform where the Dean will hand you your diploma. Exit to the left of the stage. All rolled diplomas given will be blank, and you will receive your official flat diploma at the table to the left of the stage. Out of respect for your classmates and their families, we ask that you return to your seat after picking up your official diploma and remain seated until the close of the ceremony. You will not have a seat at the diploma ceremony if you do not complete the reply form.

If you have not fulfilled all of the academic requirements for your degree or have not satisfied your financial obligations to the University, your diploma will be withheld.

Important Regalia Information All Lynch School of Education Master's and C.A.E.S. students should indicate "Education" when completing cap and gown rental forms. All M.A., M.Ed., M.A.T., M.S.T., and C.A.E.S. students should receive the light blue hoods as the degree is given through the Lynch School of Education. All Ph.D. students should receive the dark blue hood for Doctor of Philosophy. All Ed.D. students should receive the light blue hood for Doctor of Education.



 

James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies—Graduate Programs

Electronic Invitations In March, each student eligible to graduate will receive access to an electronic invitation which can be personalized and sent to family members and friends. There is no limit to the number of invitations each student may send. Please note: These are invitations and are not used as tickets. They are not required for admission to any Commencement ceremony or activity.

Commencement Packets Commencement robes ordered through the Woods College of Advancing Studies may be picked up from May 10 through May 17.

Diploma Ceremony Formal distribution of Woods College of Advancing Studies diplomas will take place in St. Ignatius Church (located at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Fr. Herlihy Drive, directly across from the Boston College Green Line T stop) immediately after the University Commencement Ceremony. The diploma ceremony should begin no later than 12:00 p.m.

For the Diploma Ceremony, students will take their assigned seats in the designated area in St. Ignatius Church. Students will wear academic regalia. Undergraduates will be seated on the left-hand side facing the podium, and graduate students will be seated on the right-hand side.

Students will be seated alphabetically within their degree program and will approach the podium by row, single file, once their name has been announced. Graduates will then proceed to the center where the Dean will hand them their diploma and the Commencement photographer will take their picture. Out of respect for classmates and families, all graduates must return to their seat after picking up their diploma. They must remain seated until the close of the ceremony.

If students have not fulfilled all of the academic requirements for their degree or have not satisfied their financial obligations to the University, their diploma will be withheld.

 

 

School of Theology and Ministry

Commencement 2014 This webpage will give you the necessary information for participation in Boston College's Commencement activities, scheduled for Monday, May 19, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact the Dean's Office, School of Theology and Ministry, 9 Lake Street, room 230, 617-552-6509. You should also check the Commencement website (www.bc.edu/commencement) or the School of Theology and Ministry website (www.bc.edu/content/bc/schools/stm/community/current/gradinfo.html) for the most up-to-date information regarding Commencement.

The information contained in this section applies to STM students receiving the following degrees: S.T.D., S.T.L., Th.M., M.A., M.Div.,  M.T.S., M.Ed. and C.A.E.S.

Ph.D. candidates should refer to the section under Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Commencement Exercises The Boston College Commencement Exercises are a two-part ceremony. The University Commencement Ceremony, which includes the conferral of degrees by the President of the University, is held in Alumni Stadium. The academic procession begins at 9:15 a.m.

At 1:00 p.m., a School ceremony is held for the individual distribution of the diplomas. The School of Theology and Ministry holds its diploma ceremony on the lawn of 2101 Commonwealth Avenue on the Brighton campus. This is located on the Commonwealth Avenue side, just inside the main entrance. The diploma ceremony lasts approximately one hour.

In order to participate in the diploma ceremony, you must submit a completed Commencement Reply Form to the STM Service Center no later than Thursday, May 1. Commencement Reply Forms are available online or at the Service Center.

Only individuals who have completed all degree requirements will be allowed to participate in the Commencement Exercises.

Graduates must wear academic regalia in order to participate in both the main ceremony and the diploma ceremony. Members of religious orders should also wear academic regalia for the main ceremony. However, they may wear their habits in place of academic regalia for the diploma ceremony.

Electronic Invitations In March, each student eligible to graduate will receive access to an electronic invitation which can be personalized and sent to family members and friends. There is no limit to the number of invitations each student may send. Please note: These are invitations and are not used as tickets. They are not required for admission to any Commencement ceremony or activity.

Graduate Survey All graduates are required to complete an online survey from the Association of Theological Schools. A link to the survey will be emailed to you.

Diploma Distribution Ceremony Individual STM diplomas will be distributed at a ceremony held on the lawn of 2101 Commonwealth Avenue on the Brighton campus. This is located on the Commonwealth Avenue side, just inside the main entrance. The diploma ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. Graduates must check-in at the STM information desk in the lobby of 2101 Commonwealth Avenue immediately following the main University Commencement ceremony. STM Faculty and graduates will begin assembling for the diploma ceremony procession at 12:30 p.m.

Your guests may sit in any unreserved seats. A professional photographer will take individual shots of each graduate, which will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be available after the ceremony.

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