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Commencement Exercises

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Graduate waiting for diploma

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 Class of 2014 well in their future careers and lives.

COMMENCEMENT 2014
May 23, 10:30 a.m.
Conte Forum, Boston College
Chestnut Hill Campus

Commencement Speaker: TBA

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


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Video: Commencement
2013

Official Start and Graduation Dates

Although the Law School Commencement exercises will occur on May 23, please note that Monday, May 19, 2014 is your official date of graduation for purposes of Bar applications (or at any time your official date of graduation is required). Boston College’s Board of Trustees formally confers degrees to all students graduating from Boston College on May 19, 2014.
 
Our commencement ceremony on Friday, May 23, 2014, at 10:30 am, celebrates the presentation of diplomas, awards and honors to our Law School graduates.

Also please note that your official start date is August 29, 2011.

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: kachmar@bc.edu.

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

Official Commencement Events

  • Class Picnic
    Date and Time TBA

    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 22, Time 5-7 pm
    Law School Courtyard
    Reception and awards presentation
  • Commencement Mass
    Friday, May 23
    , 9:00 am
    Parish of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus Map
  • Commencement
    Friday, May 23, 10:30 am

    Conte Forum, Boston College’s Chestnut Hill campus Map
  • Commencement Reception
    Friday, May 23, 12:30 pm

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

LSA/Student Events

  • Black and White Ball
    Top of the Hub
    May 21, 2014, 8 pm-12 am
    Cash Bar & Free Appetizers
  • After Dinner Reception for Families
    Ritz Boston

    May 23, 2014, 9-11 pm

    Free Dessert/Coffee & Cash Bar

Lineup of Students For Procession

Graduating students must arrive at Conte Forum by 9:30 a.m. on Friday, May 23 (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.

Invitations

A Commencement e-invite will be available soon and the link will be posted here. This e-invite 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 the 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.

Garb

University Cap and Gown will be on campus April 23rd and 24th from 10 am to 4 pm in the Stuart House Snack Bar (yellow room) to measure and distribute regalia to Law School graduates. Rental cost of $38 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, University Cap and Gown will be available the day of Commencement at 9:30 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.

Parking

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. 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.  More on BC handicap access (note: we will NOT have golf carts available at our Friday ceremony).

Pictures

A professional photographer will take pictures of each graduate receiving his or her diploma and hooding. In early April you will receive information about placing orders from the photographer, Commencement Photos, Inc. of Tewksbury, MA. In the event you do not receive an order form, you may call the photographer at (978) 851-5924.

Directions

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

Accommodations

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 (meredith.ryan@bc.edu)

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 15, 2014.

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