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Woods College of Advancing Studies

Ceremony Information

Woods College of Advancing Studies

MONDAY, MAY 21, 2018


Main Ceremony

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.

Find all details at: University Commencement website

Woods College seating area in Alumni Stadium
Woods College seating area in Alumni Stadium
St. Ignatius Church
St. Ignatius Church

Diploma Ceremony

Formal distribution of Woods College of Advancing Studies diplomas will take place in St. Ignatius Church.

St. Ignatius Church is located at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Fr. Herilihy Drive, directly across from the Boston College Green Line T stop.

Immediately after the University Commencement Ceremony, please walk to St. Ignatius Church lawn, right side facing the main entrance, where graduates will be asked to line up for the procession.

For the diploma ceremony, students should take their seats in the designated area in the front of St. Ignatius Church.

*Students should wear academic regalia—cap, gown, and hood.*

After leaving Alumni Stadium, students should proceed directly to St. Ignatius church and assemble under the tent on the church lawn, seperated by degree program.  Families should go into the church and find seats in the general, unreserved pews.

Students and faculty will process into the church.

Undergraduate students will be seated on the left-hand side facing the altar.

Graduate students will be seated on the right-hand side facing the altar.


Woods College diploma ceremony seating
St. Ignatius Church set up for the diploma ceremony


Students will be seated alphabetically within their degree program. As names are announced, students will approach by row, single file. Graduates will 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 seats after picking up their diplomas and must remain seated until the close of the ceremony.

Certificates of appreciation (Honorary Degrees) will be delivered at the end of the ceremony.

Woods College Diploma Ceremony

For additional information, visit /commencement