Undergraduate Student Commencement Guide
Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences
Diploma Distribution Ceremony Students in the class of 2017 desiring to confirm that they are expected to graduate this May should check their Degree Audit by logging on to the Agora Portal (portal.bc.edu). There should be a message at the bottom of the Audit stating "If you successfully complete all courses in which you are currently registered, you will have met all the requirements for your current degree." If you are not receiving this message, you will not meet the requirements for graduation and you will not receive a degree.
Students who do not complete all requirements by May 22 may still wear cap and gown and participate (walk) in the Commencement and Diploma Ceremonies only if they will have no more than seven credits of academic work remaining to complete their degree. Student requiring eight or more credits of additional work are not eligible to participate this May.
For questions or more information, contact the Office of Student Services in Lyons Hall or the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Office in 109 Gasson Hall.
Formal distribution of diplomas will take place in Alumni Stadium immediately after the University Commencement Ceremony and will last about 90 minutes. After a brief 30 minute intermission graduates should go to their designated seats on the floor of the Stadium at once (see instructions below).
You must be wearing academic regalia. Any other form of apparel or uniform will not be allowed on the stage.
- Students will be seated alphabetically, beginning in the right-hand section facing the stage.
- A card with your name will be placed on your seat. Bring your card with you to the stage and hand it to the faculty marshal as you approach the stage.
- Approach the stage in a single line from the right as directed by the marshals.
- As the marshal announces your name, proceed across the stage and receive a congratulatory handshake from the dean.
- As you exit the ramp, proceed to the table where a marshal will give you an envelope with your diploma.
- Proceed back to your seat as directed by the marshals. Students must remain in their seats until all diplomas are distributed.
If you have not fulfilled the academic requirements for your degree or have not satisfied your financial obligations to the University, your diploma will be withheld.
Rain Plan In case of severe weather, the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences diploma ceremony will take place in Conte Forum immediately following the University Commencement Ceremony. Rain tickets are required to attend the diploma ceremony in Conte Forum and will be available at cap and gown distribution. Students will get four rain tickets for the diploma ceremony if we move inside to Conte Forum. Alternative seating and viewing sites may be available via closed-circuit TV. If this becomes possible, site information will be posted on the Commencement website.
(Please note, there is no limited seating in Alumni Stadium.)
Awards Ceremony: Sunday, May 21, 3:00 p.m. The Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Awards Ceremony will be held in Robsham Theater. Those undergraduates who have achieved departmental and school-wide awards will be recognized. Recipients will be notified in advance. Parents, family, and friends are welcome. Business casual attire is appropriate.
James A. Woods, S.J., College of Advancing Studies
Commencement Exercises The Boston College Commencement Exercises are a two-part ceremony, scheduled for Monday, May 22.
The University Commencement (main ceremony), will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Alumni Stadium and the Woods College of Advancing Studies Diploma Ceremony, will take place in St. Ignatius Church immediately after the University Commencement Ceremony, around 12:00 noon. No tickets necessary.
The Academic Procession begins at 9:05 a.m.
The Undergraduate assembly area will be located at Linden Lane in front of Gasson Hall. Please find the Woods College Banner. All students should wear academic regalia—cap, gown, and hood and must be in the assembly area by 8:15 a.m.
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.
Graduating students should wear academic regalia—cap, gown, and hood.
For the Diploma Ceremony, students should take their assigned seats in the designated area in St. Ignatius Church.
Seating Undergraduates will be seated on the left-hand side facing the altar, 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, students must return to their seats after picking up their diplomas and 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 diplomas will be withheld.
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 to be used as tickets. They are not required for admission to any Commencement ceremony or activity.
Commencement Photographs A professional photographer will take pictures of graduates receiving his or her diploma. In April you will receive information about placing orders from the photographer Commencement Photos, Inc., Tewksbury, Massachusetts. In the event you do not receive an order form, you may call the photographer at (978) 851-5924.
Wallace E. Carroll School of Management
All members of the Class of 2017 are permitted to participate in the University Commencement Ceremony in Alumni Stadium. However, any senior who is not receiving a degree due to lack of courses or failures, including those incurred this semester, will not be permitted to participate in the individual awarding of the diplomas without prior permission.
It is important that those not graduating fully understand that they are not permitted to sit with the diploma recipients in Conte Forum without prior permission from Associate Dean Richard Keeley.
Diploma Distribution Ceremony Presentation of diplomas will take place in Conte Forum immediately following the University Commencement Ceremony in Alumni Stadium. Please proceed immediately to Conte Forum.
Awards Ceremony: Sunday, May 21, 2:00 p.m. The CSOM Awards Ceremony will be held in Fulton 511. Students who have achieved departmental and school-wide awards will be recognized. Recipients will be notified in advance. Parents, family, and friends are welcome. Business attire is appropriate.
Please note: The Shaw Award is a cash prize awarded to a senior in CSOM who has been accepted to a recognized law school. If you have been accepted to law school and you are interested in this award, please drop off a copy of your acceptance letter and a résumé to Sara Nunziata by Friday, March 31.
Rain Plan In case of severe weather, the CSOM diploma ceremony will take place in the Flynn Recreation Complex, North Wing immediately following the University Commencement Ceremony. Rain tickets are required to attend this diploma ceremony and will be available at cap and gown distribution. Seats in the Flynn Recreation Complex are very limited therefore each student will receive three tickets per family. Please note graduates do not need a ticket to enter.
Seating Graduates will be seated in alphabetical order. (Honors Program graduates are seated first, with the remainder of graduates behind them.) Find your name and be seated as soon as possible.
Application Information for Student Commencement Speaker One student speaker will be selected for the CSOM Commencement Diploma Ceremony. The speaker is limited to an address of approximately five to ten minutes in length, and the speech should be about issues appropriate for a Commencement address.
Applications are restricted to a member of the CSOM senior class who (1) has a cumulative average of at least 3.0 while enrolled at Boston College, (2) will have completed all degree requirements and will receive the Bachelor's degree at the Commencement ceremony, and (3) has participated in one or more campus and/or community activities.
Finalists who meet these criteria are invited to submit a 750-word draft of their speech and a résumé to the Associate Dean's Office in Fulton 360. Finalists may be invited to present their speech before the Commencement Speaker Committee. The final selection will be made by the Committee in consultation with the Undergraduate Associate Dean. The deadline for all applicants is Wednesday, April 12.
William F. Connell School of Nursing
Mandatory Senior Meeting On Thursday, May 18, at 11:00 a.m. in Cushing 001, Associate Dean Sean Clarke will meet with all seniors to review instructions for Convocation and Commencement activities and hold a group exit interview.
Convocation Ceremony The CSON convocation ceremony for undergraduates is Sunday, May 21, at 3:00 p.m. on Burns Library Lawn. Graduates should assemble near the steps of Burns Library by 2:15 p.m. to take a group photograph. During the convocation ceremony, graduates will receive their nursing pins from Dean Susan Gennaro. A reception for graduates and their guests will immediately follow in the Rose Garden.
Convocation attire is academic dress—gown (no hood or cap). No tickets are needed for convocation. Graduates can invite as many guests as they wish. All nursing pins must be purchased from the Boston College Bookstore and brought to Julianna González or Amy Gribaudo in Maloney Hall NO LATER than Monday, May 15. Pins must be clearly marked with your name.
Diploma Distribution Ceremony Formal distribution of all CSON diplomas will take place on O’Neil Plaza immediately after the university commencement on Monday, May 22. Graduates and their guests should go directly to the O’Neil Plaza from Alumni Stadium. Graduates should line up quickly and alphabetically outside O’Neil Plaza. There will be people holding signs to direct you. The CSON ceremony should be over by 2:00 p.m.
Commencement attire is academic dress—cap, gown, and hood. In the event of severe weather, each student will be issued four (4) rain tickets for entrance to the ceremony in the Carney Dining facility of McElroy Commons.
A student who is not receiving a degree due to failure or a missing course may not participate in the ceremony without permission from Associate Dean Sean Clarke.
Commencement Photographs The CSON convocation group picture and individual photographs of graduates receiving their pins and/or degrees will be available for purchase from Commencement Photos, Inc. Graduates should phone (978) 851-5924 if they did not receive an order form.
Congratulations, Graduates! The staff and faculty of the William F. Connell School of Nursing wish you much happiness and success in your nursing endeavors!
Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education
Commencement Packets Beginning May 1, all graduating seniors must come to the Lynch School, Office of Undergraduate Student Services in Campion Hall 104, to pick up their rain tickets for the Lynch School's diploma ceremony.
Awards Ceremony The Lynch School of Education will hold its Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 21, 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.
Diploma Distribution Ceremony Formal distribution of Lynch School diplomas for both undergraduates and graduates will take place in a joint ceremony on Campus Green (Stokes Lawn) immediately after the University Commencement ceremony on Monday, May 22. Shuttle buses will be available outside Gate E of the Stadium to bring guests to the Diploma Ceremony. The rain location will be the East Wing of the Flynn Recreation Complex.
For the Diploma Ceremony, students will take their assigned seats in the designated area on Campus Green (Stokes Lawn). Students will wear academic regalia. Diplomas will be distributed by degree program beginning with the undergraduate programs, followed by the master's 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. The students' names will be announced, and then they will proceed to the center of the platform where the Dean will hand them their diplomas. Students will exit to the left of the stage. All rolled diplomas given will be blank, and students will receive their official flat diploma at the table to the left of the stage. Out of respect for their classmates and their families, we ask that students return to their seats after they pick up their official diploma and 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 diplomas will be withheld.