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Boston College Law School Commencement

information for family and friends

Inclement weather instructions

General Information
Official Graduation Date
Bar Certification
Garb Return
Wearing of Academic Garb
Lineup of Students for Processsion
Photographs and Videotaping
Special Needs
Rain Site
Commencement Coordinator
Important Phone Numbers
Official Commencement Dates
Comencement Week Student Events
Driving Directions

Inclement weather
An announcement concerning relocation of the Commencement ceremony and the post-ceremony reception to Conte Forum, if necessitated by rain, will be posted on the following phone numbers by 9 AM Friday morning, or sooner:
BC Law main number: 617/552-8550
Dean’s Office: 552-4340
Dean for Students: 552-4342; 552-4255

Any changes will also be listed on the BC Law Website home page

The Inter-Faith Service (9:30 in EW 400), the Commencement Mass (10:30 in the Chapel), and the luncheons (St. Thomas More in the snack bar; and Alumni House) prior to the ceremony will be held here, on the Newton Campus, "rain or shine."

If the Commencement ceremony is relocated to Conte Forum, graduating students are asked to be at Conte Forum no later than 1PM. If you need to pick up academic garb, you may do so at the East Gate of the Forum. Signs will be posted with instructions for entering the Forum and lining up. If you do not need to pick up academic garb, please enter through Student Gate A of Alumni Stadium. You will put on your robe and be lined up alphabetically under the bleachers. You will march out of Alumni Stadium and through the Conte Forum’s visitors’ locker room to the floor of Conte Forum. The Ceremony will begin at 2 PM, wherever it is held.

Parking for Conte Forum is in the adjacent garage on Beacon St., Chestnut Hill. Directions to the Chestnut Hill campus can be found here.

Law school commencement 2005
The following has been compiled in an effort to answer the most frequently asked questions concerning Commencement and related events. If you need more information or assistance, please contact Joan Manna, the Law School Commencement Coordinator (617/552-4344; in the Dean’s Office.

Official Graduation Date
Monday, May 23, 2005: Official University Graduation Date.
For purposes of Bar applications or at any time your OFFICIAL date of graduation is required, please note that May 23, 2005 is the date that will appear on your final transcript of courses. Boston College’s Board of Trustees formally confers degrees to all students graduating from BC on this date. Our commencement ceremony, on Friday, May 27, celebrates the presentation of diplomas, awards and honors.

Bar Certification
All bar certifications must be submitted to Theresa Kachmar in Academic Services (M301) for completion. Bar certification forms for Massachusetts should be submitted to her as soon as possible. The completed Massachusetts forms will be submitted by Academic Services to the Mass Bar. Completed forms for other states are mailed directly to that state’s bar examining committees.

Graduates who want to avoid having their names mispronounced at graduation should see Tracey West, Assistant Dean for Students and Academic Advising, in Stuart M301B and give her the phonetic pronunciation of their names.
Mailed diplomas: If you will not attend the Law School Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 27, but want your diploma mailed to you, please inform Theresa Kachmar in Academic Services, Stuart House M301.


Commencement invitations will be distributed on April 13 & April 14 from 10am - 4pm, in the East Wing Student Lounge Room 100. You will be given a packet of five invitations. However, please note that there is no limit to the number of guests you may invite to Commencement and related events.

You will be measured and given your Commencement garb on Wednesday, April 13 and Thursday, April 14 between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the East Wing Student Lounge Room 100. The cost is $35 payable at pickup (check or cash only). Any students not able to pick up their garb on the above dates may do so between 12 noon and 1 p.m. on Commencement day, in front of the Quonset Hut. In case of rain, gowns will be distributed at Conte Forum.

Wearing of Academic Garb
After robing, carry your hood draped over your left arm and wear your tassel to the left. After the Dean presents you with the diploma, proceed across the stage and hand the academic hood to one of the Associate Deans, who will formally place the hood on you. Once you have received your hood, you may transfer your tassel from left to right, signifying conferral of the degree.

Garb Return
Signs will be posted instructing you where to return your academic garb after the graduation ceremony. Representatives from the cap and gown company will be available to accept your return. Please be sure that your receipt is attached to the robe or included with it in the plastic garb bag. You are responsible for the return of your rented garb.

Lineup of Students for Procession
Graduating students must arrive at the Quonset Hut adjacent to the soccer field no later than 1 p.m. After robing, you will line up alphabetically. It is very important that you stay in alphabetical order so that you receive the correct diploma.

Photographs and Videotaping

A professional photographer will take your photo when you receive your diploma and when you are hooded. You will receive information about placing orders from the photographer, Commencement Photos, Inc. In the event you do not receive an order form, you may call the studio directly at 978/851-5924. Please note: So that all guests may have an unobstructed view, those using video cameras are not permitted to approach the stage during the ceremony.

Special needs
If you have guest(s) with special needs (i.e., handicap, parking, seating) please contact Joan Manna (617/552-4344), in the Dean’s Office, Stuart M307, to make the necessary arrangements.

Law School Campus Police will direct you to the parking site. Parking in the Chapel lot, Barat Circle and the yellow-lined Stuart Lot is restricted to handicapped students and guests, podium guests, faculty and staff.

Signs posted around the campus will identify restrooms. Water stations will be set up throughout the graduation site. If any special needs arise, there will be staff available to assist you and your guests. They will be wearing identification badges.


You will be handed a program when you assemble for the procession. Ushers will pass out programs to your guests.

Rain Site Information

In case of inclement weather, the Commencement ceremony and the following reception will be held in Conte Forum on the Main Campus (see reverse for map). The Commencement Mass and the Commencement luncheon will be held on the Newton Campus, regardless of the weather (directions and map on reverse). Announcements concerning changes will be posted on one of the following telephone numbers by 8:30 Friday morning:
BC Law main number: 617/552-8550
Dean’s Office: 617/552-4340
In the event of rain, Graduating students are asked to be at Conte Forum no later than 1 p.m. Those who need to pick up academic garb may do so at the East Gate of Conte Forum. Signs will be posted with instructions for entering the Forum and lining up. Parking for Conte Forum is in the adjacent garage on Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill.

Important Phone Numbers
Boston College Law School
885 Centre St.
Newton, MA 02459
Joan Manna
Commencement Coordinator
Academic Services
Boston College Law School Bookstore
Boston College Police
EMERGENCY: 617/552-4444
Lost & Found: 617/552-4440

Commencement Coordinator:
Joan Manna
Office of the Dean: (617) 552-4344
Alumni Association: (617) 552-4378
Boston College Law School Bookstore:
(617) 552-4403
Boston College Police Department
For non-emergencies: (617) 552-4440

Official Commencement Events

Tuesday, May 24 CLASS DAY PICNIC
12:00 noon, Alumni Field, Newton Campus (rain location: Stuart Snack Bar). Barbecue, yearbook dedication and distribution, faculty and staff.

Thursday, May 26 COMMENCEMENT EVE CELEBRATION for family & friends
5-7 p.m., Barat House and Adjacent Tent. Includes a short awards presentation.

9:30 a.m., Faculty Lounge Stuart Room 414

10:30 a.m., Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity.Friday,

11:45 a.m., Stuart Snack Bar. All students and families are welcome. Hosted by the St. Thomas More Society.

2 p.m., Newton Campus Practice Soccer Field
Speaker: Judd Gregg, United States Senator for the State of New Hampshire

4:00 p.m. Reception following the ceremony will be held in the tent adjacent to Barat House. Champagne, soft drinks and light refreshments will be served.

Commencement Week Student Events

Individual tickets to each event are available for purchase for BC Law students and their guests.

Monday, May 23 BAR NIGHT
Dance the night away with your fellow graduates. Time and place to be announced. BC Law students and 1 guest are admitted free of charge.

Wednesday, May 25 GRADUATION BALL
Lewis Gallery at the EpiCenter, Boston, 8p.m. to 12 a.m. Black tie optional. Cost $45. Price includes dinner and 2 cocktails. Cash bar to follow.

All events are sponsored by the LSA. Guests are welcome to all events. All information is subject to change. For questions about LSA events, please contact Julie Muse-Fisher at

Driving Directions:
Boston College Law School is located at 885 Centre Street in Newton Centre approximately halfway between Newton Corner and Commonwealth Avenue.
Travel by Car:
From the south and southeast:
Routes 95 or 24 north to Route 128/95 north to Exit 24 (Newton, Route 30/Commonwealth Avenue). Follow Route 30 (Commonwealth Avenue) east for approximately 4 miles and turn left onto Centre Street at the traffic light at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Centre Street. Continue on Centre Street for 1/2 mile, and the Law School campus entrance is on the left.
From the north and northeast:
Routes 3, 93, or 95 south to Route 128/95 south to Exit 24 (Newton, Route 30/Commonwealth Avenue). To continue, see directions from the south and southeast.
From the west:
Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) east to Exit 17. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Centre Street at the first traffic light. The Law School campus entrance is approximately 1 mile ahead on the right.
From the Chestnut Hill Campus of Boston College:
Continue west on Route 30 (Commonwealth Avenue) for approximately 2 miles, and turn right onto Centre Street at the traffic light at the intersection of Commonwealth Avenue and Centre Street. Continue on Centre Street for 1/2 mile, and the Law School campus entrance is on the left.
From Logan Airport:
Take the Sumner Tunnel into Boston, and follow the Expressway (Route 93) south to the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) west. Continue to Exit 17 (Newton). Continue straight at the end of the exit ramp; the Sheraton Newton hotel will be on your left. Immediately after the Sheraton Newton, turn left; this will bring you around the hotel and over the Massachusetts Turnpike. Take the first right onto Centre Street, and continue approximately 1 mile. The Law School campus entrance will be on the right.

There is a wide selection of hotels within two to six miles of the Campus. It is strongly recommended that you make reservations as soon as possible to guarantee rooms as this will be a busy weekend in Boston. You may prefer to make your hotel reservation through one of the following services:
Citywide Reservations (ref.# ML0001)
617-267-7424 (Outside area code 617: 800-468-3593);
Central Reservation Service
617-569-3800 (Outside area code 617: 800-332-3026).
No fee is charged by any of the above services.

Best Western Terrace Motor Lodge
1650 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton.
(617) 566-6260
Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston.
(617)439-7000 or 1-800-752-7077
Boston Park Plaza, 64 Arlington St., Boston.
(617)426-2000 or 1-800-225-2008
Copley Plaza Hotel, 138 St. James Ave., Boston.
(617) 267-5300
Days Inn, 1234 Soldiers Field Rd., Brighton.
(617)254-1234 or 1-800-325-2525
Double Tree Guest Suites
400 Soldiers Field Rd., Boston.
(617)783-0090 or 1-800-424-2900
Eliot Hotel, 370 Commonwealth Ave., Boston.
(617)267-1607 or 1-800-443-5468
57 Park Plaza Hotel, 200 Stuart St., Boston.
(617)482-1800 or 1-800-HOTEL-57
Four Seasons Hotel, 200 BoylstonSt., Boston.
(617)338-4400 or 1-800-332-3442
The Hampton Inn, Route 9 and Speen St., Natick.
(508)653-5000 or 1-800-HAMPTON
Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon St. Brookline.
(617)277-1200 or 1-800-HOLIDAY
Holiday Inn Newton, 399 Grove St., Newton.
(617)969-5300 or 1-800-465-4329
Howard Johnson Kenmore Square Hotel
575 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston.
(617)267-3100 or 1-800-654-2000
Lenox Hotel, 710 Boylston St., Boston
(617) 536-5300 or 1-800-471-1422
Marriott, Boston Copley Place
110 Huntington Ave., Boston.
(617)236-5800 or 1-800-228-9290
Marriott, Boston Long Wharf, 296 State St., Boston.
(617)227-0800 or 1-800-228-9290
Marriott Newton, 2345 Commonwealth Ave., Newton.
(617)969-1000 or 1-800-228-9290
Omni parker, 60 School St., Boston.
(617)227-8600 or 1-800-843-6664
Ritz-Carlton, 15 Arlington St., Boston.
(617)536-5700 or 1-800-241-3333
Sheraton Needham, 100 Cabot St., Needham.
Sheraton Newton, 320 Washington St., Newton.
(617)969-3010 or 1-800-325-3535
Susse Chalet, 160 Boylston St., Newton.
(617)527-9000 or 1-800-524-2538
Swissotel, One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston.
(617)451-2600 or 1-800-621-9200
Guest Houses and Small Inns
Anthony’s Town House, 1085 Beacon St., Brookline.
Beacon Townhouse Inn, 1047 Beacon St., Brookline.
(617)232-0292 or 1-800-872-7211
Beacon Plaza, 1459 Beacon St., Brookline.
(617) 232-6550
Beechtree Inn, 83 Longwood Ave., Brookline.
Brookline Manor, 32 Center St., Brookline.
(617) 232-0003 or 1-800-535-5325
Chandler Inn, 26 Chandler St., Boston.
(617)482-3450 or 1-800-842-3450
Wellesley Inn, 576 Washington St., Wellesley.
(781)235-0180 or 1-800-233-4686