woods college of advancing studies
This page provides details about commencement events. To learn more about graduation requirements, students who are approaching completion of their degree program must consult the Graduation section of the Policies webpage for important information about declaring your Intent to Graduate. This is a required step in the Graduation Clearance process.
The Boston College Commencement Exercises are a two-part ceremony.
The University Commencement (main ceremony), will take place at 10:00 a.m. in Alumni Stadium.
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.
*Tickets are not required for admission to any Commencement ceremony or activity.
Cap and Gown
Caps and gowns may be ordered online or in person.
- Ordering In Person
If you choose to order in person, please visit the bookstore in McElroy Commons during normal business hours.
- Ordering Online will save time and minimize wait times when you arrive at the Bookstore in McElroy Commons to pick up your cap and gown. To order online, visit buildagrad.com/bostoncollege. The deadline to order online is Sunday, April 30, 2017.
- Picking Up Your Cap and Gown
Cap and Gown Headquarters will be in the lobby/bookstore in McElroy Commons. The Cap and Gown Headquarters will be open on the following days:
- Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from 9:00 a.m until 6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, May 18, 2017, from 9:00 a.m until 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 19, 2017, from 9:00 a.m until 5:00 p.m.
Cap and gown distribution will NOT be available on Saturday and Sunday.
Graduating students must pick up Cap & Gown before Commencement Day.
For detailed information please visit Cap & Gown page of the University Commencement website.
Photos of Students Receiving Diplomas
At the Diploma Ceremonies for our individual schools, a professional photographer will take pictures of each undergraduate receiving his or her diploma. In early 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.
Please note: So that all guests may have an unobstructed view at individual School diploma ceremonies, those using cameras may not approach the stage during these ceremonies.
Transportation, Parking, and Information for People with Disabilities
Travel to the University on Commencement morning can be extremely slow because of heavy traffic. Ample time should be allowed to reach the campus, park in the designated lots and make your way to Alumni stadium on foot or via the free shuttle buses. To be in your seats by the start of the academic procession at 9:05 a.m. We recommend that you arrive at the satellite parking areas no later than 8:00 a.m.
For specific details please visit Transportation and Parking page of the University Commencement website.
Map of Activities around Campus, Commencement Day
1. Arrival and Assembly, Academic Procession
All graduating students must be in the assembly areas by 8:15 a.m.
- Undergraduate students, Linden Lane. Middle Campus, in front of Gasson Hall.
- Graduate students, Conte Forum. North Stands (Rec Plex Side).
2. University Commencement, Main Ceremony
- Alumni Stadium
University Commencement begins at 10:00 a.m. The Commencement Exercises are held outdoors in Alumni Stadium rain or shine. There is open seating, no limit to the number of guests, and no tickets necessary.
3. Woods College of Advancing Studies Diploma Ceremony
- St. Ignatius Church
For detailed information about Commencement, please visit