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The Boston College Event Calendar is the official calendar of University events and is managed by the Office of Marketing Communications

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One-Time Events

Undergraduate Research Day

Friday, May 1, 2015 | 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Higgins Hall, Atrium 

Biology and Biochemistry students will be presenting their undergraduate research through a poster symposium.  This event is an exciting opportunity for our students to share their work with peers, faculty, and other administrators.

Sponsored by the Biology Department

Seth Herzon, Yale University

Monday, May 4, 2014 | 4:00 p.m.
Merkert Hall, Room 130

Professor Seth Herzon, Yale University

Sponsored by Chemistry Department University Lecture Series

Service of Remembrance

Monday, May 4, 2015 | 5:15 p.m.
Gasson Hall, Room 100

Please join Campus Ministry and the Boston College community as we come together for the annual Service of Remembrance. We will remember family, friends, and members of the Boston College community who have died this academic year. 

All are welcome.

Sponosored by Campus Ministry

What is Spiritual Direction? What does it look like?

Thursday, May 7, 2015 | 7:00 p.m.
St. Mary's Hall, Conference Room 128

Registration is required for this event.
Please register here:

This evening, we look at spiritual direction as a conversation where a person shares what is happening in his or her prayer and everyday life. We will see how a spiritual director helps one to notice the activity of God in that person's experiences. 

Sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality and the Jesuit Collaborative

Undocumented: How Immigration Became Illegal

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | 12:00 p.m. 
Stokes Hall North, Room N428
A light lunch to be provided.  

With Aviva Chomsky, Professor of History, Salem State University

Dr. Chomsky will discuss her most recent book:
Undocumented: How Imiigration Became Illegal (2014) 

Sponsored by the Center for Human Rights and International Justice

Webinar: Understanding Today’s Job Market – Focus Your Energy – Focus Your Efforts

Thursday, May 14, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
Admission: Free
Register here

Do you get frustrated when you send lots of résumés in to companies and organizations, and they seem to end up in a “black hole”? Understanding how the job market works—and how you work within it—will significantly increase your effectiveness.

In this webinar you will learn:
•What is the formal market? What the formal market is? Understanding how it works, what the competition looks like, and how to separate yourself from the competition.
• What is the informal market? What the informal market is? How do I navigate the informal market? Who is my competition? Do’s and don’ts for networking.
• How to maximize your candidacy.

Event Contact: or 617-552-4700

Boston College Commencement 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015 | 10:00 a.m.
Alumni Stadium, Chestnut Hill Campus

The 139th Commencement of Boston College will be held on Monday, May 18, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in Alumni Stadium. Commencement Exercises are a two-part ceremony. The University Commencement (main ceremony) will start with a procession at 9:15 a.m. All graduates should be in assembly areas by 8:15 a.m. The academic procession into Alumni Stadium for the University Commencement will begin at 9:15 a.m. Family and guests should be seated by that time. This will be followed by individual School and College Diploma Ceremonies. All should be completed no later than 2:00 p.m.

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Boston College Law School Commencement 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015 | 10:30 a.m.
Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill Campus

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.

For more information, please visit the Law School Commencement webpage.

Día de formación y crecimiento para líderes pastorales hispanos de Boston y Nueva Inglaterra (completamente en español)

Sábado 20 de junio del 2015 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room

Este taller está diseñado para ayudar a líderes pastorales laicos que predican y enseñan en grupos de oración, programas catequéticos y otras iniciativas de evangelización a cimentar sus ministerios en la riqueza de la tradición católica mientras adquieren habilidades claves para comunicar el mensaje de manera más efectiva. Sin costo alguno, incluye almuerzo. Cupo limitado. Se recomienda inscribirse con anticipación.

Patrocinado por la Escuela de Teología y Ministerio de Boston College

What the Outsider Sees: Teresa of Avila and Marilynne Robinson on Knowing God

Saturday, July 11, 2015 | 10:00 a.m.
Robsham Theater, Chestnut Hill Campus
Registration for this event will open on April 7

St. Teresa’s thoughts on encountering and living with God are much shaped by her position as an outsider to the hierarchical world of her day—a woman, and someone from a Jewish background.  This lecture reflects on the question of what the outsider, the marginal person, brings to prayer and theology, and suggests how we might bring Teresa into conversation with the insights of Marilynne Robinson’s fiction, in which the perception of faith by the marginal person is consistently crucial.     

Cosponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry and the Institute of Carmelite Studies

On the Strength of Her Testimony

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 | 12:00 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room
Registration for this event will open on April 7

This celebration of the feast day of St. Mary of Magdala begins with Mass, followed by lunch and a lecture.  As Pope Francis emphasized in Evangelii Gaudium, all members of the Church are called to be missionary disciples.  Yet the testimony of faithful women, including that of Mary Magdalene who bears the title “apostle to the apostles,” frequently has been dismissed or relegated to the category of “unofficial” witness.  In her lecture, Sr. Hilkert explores the vocation of women to preach the Gospel with particular attention to the testimony of women in the Gospel of John and the preaching of Catherine of Siena, the only lay woman to have been named a Doctor of the Church.  Early registration recommended.  Free of charge, includes lunch.

Sponsored by the School of Theology and Ministry

*POSTPONED* The Case for Reparations

Date: TBA | Time: TBA
Location: TBA

This event has been postponed until Fall 2015.

The legacy of racism in America is tremendous. Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. It all adds up, and Ta-Nehisi Coates major Atlantic cover story “The Case for Reparations” reignited the long-dormant national conversation of just how to repay African Americans for a system of institutional racism that’s robbed them of wealth and success for generations. Based on his article, Coates plainly lays out this painful history but also an actual plan to repair, and correct, some of the damage done. It’s not simply a matter of financial compensation—though that’s part of it. With eloquence and conviction, Coates explains that openly admitting to, and apologizing for, the injustice is the only hope of moving forward to a unified future. As he reminds us, powerfully: “Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.”

Sponsored by the Provost and Dean of Faculties

Ongoing Events

Boston College Art Club Student Show

Reoccurring | February 24 - May 1, 2015
Carney Hall, First Floor, Student Programs Hallway
On View daily from 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (until 8:30 p.m. with Boston College ID)

The B.C. Art Club's annual exhibition celebrating the wide-ranging and always engaging work of Boston College's student artists.

Sponsored by the Boston College Art Club

One Story Draws Another: Staff Selections from the Burns Library's Irish Collections

Reoccurring | January 26 - May 8, 2015
John J. Burns Library 
Hours: Library Hours

“One story draws another” is a translation of the old Irish proverb “Scéal a tharraingíonn scéal.”

In daily work as collection curators, catalogers, conservators, and reference staff, surprising and intriguing connections frequently come to light. A letter links one author to another, the inscription in a book reveals who read it, an inquiry from a researcher recovers a little remembered yet influential life, a songbook recalls a voice. For this exhibition, Burns Library staff have selected a sampling of such stories from the library’s extensive collections of books, manuscripts, and artifacts documenting Irish literature and culture and the Irish American experience. 

Sponsored by the Boston College University Libraries

Art & Digital Technology

Reoccurring | May 7 - May 12, 2015
O’Neill Library, Level One Gallery
Hours: Library Hours

In Art & Digital Technology, a studio art course taught by professors Karl Baden and Laura Reese, students combine text and image to produce a variety of design and art-oriented pieces, including book and magazine spreads, posters, advertisements and CD covers, using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator as creative tools. This exhibition consists of excerpts from the students' final projects.

Sponsored by The Fine Arts Department and The Boston College Libraries

From the Eagle’s Eye: A Rotating Gallery of Student Photography | Spring Semester Exhibit

Reoccurring | January 15 - May 15, 2015
Monday - Friday | 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Maloney Hall, 4th Floor Reception Area

This exhibit features 19 color photographs submitted by students that capture what Boston College means to them. 

Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Selections from the Senior Art Project

Reoccurring | May 12 - May 18, 2015
Devlin Hall, Fourth Floor Art Studios
Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Reception: Sunday, May 17, 2015 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The annual celebration of the artistic achievement of graduating Art majors and minors. Parents, students and guests are invited to a reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, May 17th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Sponsored by the Fine Arts Department 

Over There: Boston College and the First World War

Reoccurring | May 1 - May 31, 2015
O’Neill Library, Reading Room
Hours: Library Hours

This exhibit tells the story of the effect of the First World War as it may be gleaned from archival sources available in the University's special collections, housed in the John J. Burns Library. These documents provide a wealth of information on the life (and death) of "B.C. boys," as they came to be known, during the war, as well as the impact the confl ict had on their Alma mater.

Sponsored by The Boston College Libraries and The Bauman Family

Creating Boston Common: The Evolution of America's Oldest Park

Reoccurring | January 21 - May 31, 2015
Stokes Hall South, 3rd Floor, Department of History
Reception: Wednesday, February 4, 2015 | 4:30 p.m.

Created and curated by History Department majors, the Spring 2015 Making History Public exhibition illuminates the history of Boston Common over the past four centuries. “Creating Boston Common: The Evolution of America’s Oldest Park” examines the history of this 50-acre site from its occupancy by Massachusett native peoples, to its use as common grazing lands, to its development as a public park. Chronicling the changing uses of urban public space, the exhibition explores the myriad activities of Bostonians who have used the Common to earn a living, wage war, enjoy nature and recreation, and promote a variety of political and religious causes.


The History Department in Stokes Hall features exhibits collaborated with the Boston College Libraries for the course HS600 Making History Public. The exhibits change each semester.

Sponsored by Department of History, Boston College Libraries, and the College of Arts and Sciences

Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire

Reoccurring | February 14 - May 31, 2015
Devlin Hall, McMullen Museum 
Hours: McMullen Museum Hours

The Roman Empire conjures images of sculpted marble emperors, elaborately engineered aqueducts, and conquering soldiers. Yet one reason for the empire’s success and longevity was its ability to accommodate different peoples, languages, and religions. This exhibition explores the lives and experiences of people living in the provinces through evidence gleaned from their material culture.

Focusing on the eastern Mediterranean between the 2nd and 6th century CE, a region already rich in ancient civilizations, the exhibition reveals how earlier cultural interaction intensified during the empire through access to trade networks and new technologies. On view is a vast array of paintings, mosaics, textiles, inscriptions, sculpture, glass, coins, and pottery, primarily from the Yale University Art Gallery, supplemented with loans from museums and private collections. Highlights include a newly restored floor mosaic and wall painting from Yale’s excavations at Gerasa and Dura-Europos. Together these objects tell stories of both public and private identities revealing the different ways people in the provinces reacted to being Roman.

Organized by the Yale University Art Gallery and the McMullen Museum of Art, Roman in the Provinces has been curated by Lisa R. Brody and Gail L. Hoffman. The exhibition has been underwritten by Sharon and Richard A. Hurowitz, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Yale University Art Gallery Exhibition and Publication Fund, Boston College, the Patrons of the McMullen Museum, and Leslie and Peter Ciampi.

Museum Hours: M-F, 11:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.; Sa-Su, 12:00 5:00 p.m.

Closed: April 3, April 5, April 20, and May 25.

Docent tours available on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. starting February 22, 2015.

Northern Sky: Collages by Stoney Conley, Professor in the Fine Arts Department

Reoccuring | January - August 2015 
O'Neill Library, Level Three Gallery
Hours: Library Hours

“I live under a northern sky. The light, its color, intensity, sensation, season, and length of day influence my psyche, mood, interior life and art practice.  The long hours of daylight during summer and short hours during winter define our seasons, influence our lives, and distance us from our southern neighbors.  Over the last couple of years I have made something between painting and collage.  My collages are combinations of painted skies conjoined with tree forms.  'Painting with scissors' was what Matisse called his collage cut-outs.  I cut out forms with a razor knife, a blunt tool compared to a brush.  It forces one to simplify, to see the whole and not get lost in details.”  --Stoney Conley, professor, Fine Arts Department

Presented by The Fine Arts Department and The Boston College Libraries

Tenth Annual Finance Conference

Reoccurring | June 3 - June 4, 2015
Boston & Chestnut Hill, MA
Registration Required

The annual Carroll School of Management Finance Conference brings some of the nation’s top financial services companies and professionals together with faculty from the Carroll School's noted finance department. The firms that participate in this partnership show a commitment to keeping a finger on the pulse of the field.


Niall Ferguson
One of the world's leading historians of the global economy and
acclaimed author


Larry Kudlow
Economist and Senior Contributor

Visit our website for the latest updates.

General Admission: $500
Boston College Alumni/Parent Rate: $250
Academic Professional: $250


Reoccurring | June 10 - June 14, 2015
Boston College 
Attendance at the event is free and open to the public.
Program details and registration information are forthcoming.

This interdisciplinary conference explores the distinctive way Jesuits and their colleagues have operated (the “quidditas Jesuitica”) from a variety of historical, geographical, social, and cultural perspectives.

Scholarship on the Society of Jesus engages an array of disciplines such as art history, theology, literary studies, history of science, international law, military history, performing arts, and archeology. From another perspective, the scholarship intersects with historical periods such as the Renaissance, Reformation, Scientific Revolution, and the Enlightenment, among others. 

The conference will feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Paul Grendler, Professor Emeritus, Department of History, University of Toronto
  • Yasmin Haskell, Cassamarca Foundation Chair in Latin Humanism, Department of Classics and Ancient History, University of Western Australia
  • John O’Malley, S.J., University Professor, Department of Theology, Georgetown University

This symposium, which will be held on the Boston College campus, offers a platform for academic exchange to stimulate scholars to cross their fields’ thematic and chronological boundaries. View call for papers.

Please direct any questions or requests for more information to the Institute either by 
e-mail (with “International Symposium” as the subject) or by phone (617-552-2568).