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Commencement Information

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Commencement 2018

This page will give you the necessary information for participation in Boston College Commencement activities, scheduled for Monday, May 21, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the Dean’s Office, School of Theology and Ministry, Simboli Hall 230, 617-552-6509. You should also check the Office of the University Secretary’s website at /commencement for the most up-to-date information regarding Commencement.

The information contained in this section applies to STM students receiving the following degrees: S.T.D., S.T.L., Th.M., M.A., M.Div., M.T.S., and M.Ed. degrees.  Ph.D. candidates should see the section under Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Commencement Exercises
The Boston College Commencement Exercises are a two-part ceremony. The main ceremony, which includes the conferral of degrees by the President, is held in Alumni Stadium. The academic procession begins at 9:05 a.m.

At 1:00 p.m., a school ceremony is held for the individual distribution of the diplomas. The School of Theology and Ministry holds its diploma ceremony on the lawn in front of Cadigan Alumni Center, 2121 Commonwealth Avenue on the Brighton campus. This is located on the Commonwealth Avenue side, just inside the main entrance. The diploma ceremony lasts approximately one hour.

In order to participate in the diploma ceremony, you must submit a completed Commencement Reply Form to no later than Thursday, April 26. Forms are available online (link above). Please fill out the PDF, 'Save as' and email the attachment to 

Only individuals who have completed all degree requirements will be allowed to participate in the Commencement Exercises.

Graduates must wear academic attire in order to participate in both the main ceremony and the diploma ceremony. Members of religious orders should also wear academic attire for the main ceremony, however, they may wear their habits in place of academic attire for the diploma ceremony.

Electronic Invitations
In March each student eligible to graduate will receive access to an electronic invitation which may be personalized and sent to family members and friends.

There is no limit to the number of invitations each student may send.

Please note that these are invitations and are not used as tickets and are not required for admission to any Commencement ceremony or activity.

Graduate Survey
All graduates are required to complete an online survey from the Association of Theological Schools.  A link to the survey will be emailed to you.


Graduates must enter their names in Agora as they want them to appear on their diplomas and in the graduation program.  It is very important for members of religious orders to fill in the suffix field with the initials of their orders.

Diploma Distribution Ceremony

Individual STM diplomas will be distributed at a ceremony held on the lawn at Cadigan Alumni Center, 2121 Commonwealth Avenue on the Brighton campus.  This is located on the Commonwealth Avenue side, just inside the main entrance.  The diploma ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m..  Graduates should check-in inside Cadigan immediately following the main ceremony.  STM faculty and graduates will begin assembling for the diploma ceremony procession at 12:30 p.m.

Your guests may sit in any unreserved seats.  A professional photographer will take individual shots of each graduate that will be available for purchase.  Light refreshments will be available after the ceremony.