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Commencement Exercises

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Welcome family and friends!

Boston College Law School’s commencement ceremony is a special time of celebration, honoring three years of intense legal studies by our new graduates and marking their transition to alumni. Over 1,500 guests are expected to attend our Commencement exercises as we gather to wish the graduates well in their future careers and lives.

May 27, 10:30 a.m.
Conte Forum, Boston College
Chestnut Hill Campus

 Speaker: Jeanne Shaheen, US Senator
BC Law Magazine Story

This website will contain the latest information on our graduation exercises as it becomes available.

Commencement Evite System for Guests

Video: Commencement 2015

Graduate waiting for diploma


Official Start and Graduation Dates

Although the Law School Commencement exercises will occur on May 27, please note that Monday, May 23, 2016 is your official date of graduation. Boston College’s Board of Trustees formally confers degrees to all students graduating from Boston College on May 23, 2016. Please note that for purposes of Bar applications, you may be asked for your last date of attendance, which is May 17, 2016.
Our Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 27, 2016, at 10:30 am, celebrates the presentation of diplomas, awards and honors to our Law School graduates. Only individuals who have completed all degree requirements will be allowed to participate in Commencement Exercises.

Also please note that your official start date is August 23, 2013.

Bar Certification

Massachusetts bar certifications will be submitted electronically. Out-of-state bar certifications must be submitted to Theresa Kachmar in Academic Services (Stuart 308) for completion. Email:

For more information on the various state bar admission procedures, requirements, and deadlines, please visit our Career Services Website.

Official Commencement Events

  • December Graduates Breakfast
    December 3 2015, 9:30 am
    Faculty Lounge
  • Class Picnic
    Wednesday, May 25, 12:30-2 pm

    Alumni House Lawn, Newton Campus Map
    Barbecue, faculty and staff welcome
    Rain location: Stuart House Snack Bar
  • Commencement Eve Celebration For Family & Friends
    Thursday, May 26, Time 5-7 pm

    Law School Mone Courtyard
    Reception and awards presentation
    Rain location: Stuart House Snack Bar
  • Commencement Mass
    Friday, May 27
    , 9:00 am
    Parish of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus Map
  • Commencement
    Friday, May 27, 10:30 am

    Conte Forum, Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus Map
  • Commencement Reception
    Friday, May 27, 12:30 pm

    Reception to follow the ceremony at Conte Forum
    Champagne, soft drinks and light refreshments will be served

LSA/Student Events

  • Pub Crawl
    Monday May 23
  • Black and White Ball
    Tuesday May 24 at 7:00 pm
    Top of the Hub, Boston
    There will be a cash bar and free appetizers
  • Red Sox Game
    Wednesday May 25 at 7:00 pm
    Fenway Park

Lineup of Students For Procession

Graduating students must arrive at Conte Forum by 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 27 (note: those attending 9 a.m. Mass should wear their garb to the chapel, and go directly to line up after Mass ends). After robing, you will line up alphabetically under the Alumni Stadium bleachers. You must stay in alphabetical order to receive the correct diploma.


You may order graduation announcements through CB Announcements. Download a flyer describing the packages (PDF). A Commencement evite is also available here. This evite allows you to send electronic announcements to an unlimited number of guests. Printed invitations are also available for purchase through the Law School Bookstore. Please note that you are NOT limited as to the number of guests you may invite to Commencement and related events. Conte Forum is general admission seating.

Pronunciation of Names

All student names will be read as they receive their diploma. Please see Elizabeth Rosselot in the Registrar's Office in Stuart 308 to ensure that your name is read properly. Please note: any pronunciation instructions must come directly to the Registrar's Office at the Law School. Responding to the University graduation survey will not ensure that your name will be read properly.


You may order your garb online through University Cap and Gown. A company representative will be on campus April 13 and 14 in the Career Services Office/Resource Library (East Wing 210) to distribute regalia and take any remaining orders. Rental cost of $39 for the Commencement garb can be paid by cash, check or credit card. If you are not able to pick up your cap and gown at this time, please elect the shipping option at the time you complete the order form; University Cap & Gown will ship regalia directly to those students who choose this option at registration (shipping fees apply). University Cap and Gown will also be available the day of Commencement at 9:00 am at the front entrance of Conte Forum. After the ceremony, please return your commencement regalia to University Cap and Gown located at the front entrance of Conte Forum.


Please allow ample time for reaching the campus. Travel can be slow due to heavy traffic. Parking is available in the Beacon Street Garage adjacent to Conte Forum. There is no charge for parking in the garage. Map

Boston College Campus Police will direct you to the garage. Handicapped spaces are available and Conte Forum is handicapped accessible. Conte Forum mezzanine is accessible by elevator which is located at the ramp entrance side to the Forum. 

Wheelchair Rental

Guests can set up wheelchair rental directly through any of the medical supply companies listed below. Payment, pickup and drop off should be arranged well in advance of Commencement Weekend to ensure availability as there are many local college and university commencements held the same weekend. The University is not equipped to provide wheelchairs.

  • Belmont Medical Supply
    185 Belmont Street
    Belmont, MA 02478
    Tel 617-484-3888
  • Sullivan's Medical Supply
    1 Corinth Street
    Roslindale, MA 02131
    Tel 617-323-0304 (preferred number, leave a message)
    or 617-325-0013
  • Apria Healthcare
    575 University Avenue
    Norwood, MA 02072
    Tel 800-649-2422 (Customer Service option #1)


A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduate receiving his or her diploma and hooding. Information about placing orders from the photographer, Commencement Photos, Inc. of Tewksbury, MA was recently mailed to all graduates. In the event you did not receive an order form, you may call the photographer directly at (978) 851-5924.


Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus, located at 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts is the site of the Law School’s Commencement Mass, Commencement exercises and post-graduation celebration.The campus is approximately six miles west of the city of Boston. Driving directions

Boston College Law School, the location of the Commencement Eve Celebration, is located at 885 Centre Street in Newton Centre approximately halfway between Newton Corner and Commonwealth Avenue. Driving Directions


It is strongly recommended that you make reservations as soon as possible to guarantee rooms as this will be a busy weekend in Boston. Boston College maintains a list of hotels that offer various discounts for travelers to the BC commencement exercises: you can find nearby hotels here.

Important Contacts and Phone Numbers

Commencement Director:  Meredith Ryan (

Note: if anyone in your family is in need of a sign language interpreter to be present at the ceremony, please notify Meredith Ryan by March 18, 2016.

Office of the Dean: (617) 552-4340

Alumni Association: (617) 552-4378

Boston College Law School Bookstore: (617) 552-4403

Boston College Police Department (For non-emergencies):  (617) 552-4440

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