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Boston College School of Social Work
Commencement 2017 Awards
  • Matthew L. Pisapia Memorial Award

  • M. Rita Walsh Memorial Award

  • Helen J. Crowley Memorial Award

  • Leo P. Haley and Rev. John Essien Memorial Award

  • Academic Excellence Award

  • Dean's Leadership Award

Commencement 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

9:05 a.m. — Academic Procession
10:00 a.m. — University Commencement (main ceremony)
12:00–1:30 p.m. — School of Social Work Diploma Ceremony

For more information: Commencement at Boston College

Diploma Distribution Ceremony 
Immediately following the University Commencement Ceremony, the Boston College 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 BCSSW 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 BCSSW diploma recipients must line up no later than 11:30 a.m. on Linden Lane next to St. Mary's Hall, unless you are attending the University Commencement Ceremony. 

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 Gautam N. Yadama, brief speeches and greetings will be given by our commencement speaker, a representative of the Class of 2017, and the President of the BCSSW 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 early spring, 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 to be used as tickets. They are not required for admission to any Commencement ceremony or activity.

Eva A. Millona is Executive Director of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), the state’s largest organization representing the foreign born, and co-chair of the National Partnership for New Americans, the lead national organization focusing on immigrant integration. She joined MIRA in 1999 and served as Director of Policy and Advocacy and as Deputy Director before becoming Executive Director in 2008, and she is now one of New England’s most highly quoted immigration experts. Prior to MIRA, Ms. Millona directed the refugee resettlement program in Central Massachusetts. In her native Albania, she practiced civil and criminal law, serving on Tirana’s District Court from 1989 – 1992, when she was the nation’s youngest district judge ever appointed.

Ms. Millona is also the co-chair of the Governor’s Advisory Council on Refugees and Immigrants and serves on the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In 2010, she co-chaired the nation’s largest immigrant integration conference, which MIRA hosted in Boston. She is a frequent speaker on national and international stages on immigration and immigrant integration. She is the recipient of over a dozen major awards, including the prestigious 2009 USCIS Outstanding American by Choice Award, the 2010 Wainwright Bank Social Justice Award, and the 2011 and 2012 Powermeter Award, presented to the most influential people for Latinos in Massachusetts. 

BCSSW Commencement 2017 Photo Gallery:

On stage with students & speakers

Graduates: Friends & Family

Graduates: Mortar Board Messages

For Graduating Students

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For more information: Commencement at Boston College