Conversations in the First Year engages members of the incoming class in an intellectual and reflective dialogue through a common text. This year, your class-wide conversation will kick off in early September with First Year Academic Convocation—a beloved University tradition that welcomes all first year students into BC’s academic community. This shared experience embodies the richness of the Catholic intellectual tradition at Boston College, which calls us to examine our faith and experience in conversation with others in order to pursue the greater glory of God.

2020 First Year Academic Convocation Live Stream

Featuring Bruce Springsteen


Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m.


Virtual live stream

Common Texts

Cultivating habits of thought. That’s what coming to BC is offering you. Some habits can and should be digital, connected, and even multi-tasked. But sometimes we all need the habit of opening a good book, diving in, and leaving the din of our contemporary moment, temporarily, behind.

Born to Run

We are pleased to feature Born to Run, by Bruce Springsteen as this year's common text for the Class of 2024. In his book, Springsteen shares his story—the meaningful events and the transformation he has experienced on his journey—and how reflection on these experiences has impacted his engagement with the world around him. It is the hope of Boston College that Born to Run inspires our incoming students to reflect on their own story—their experiences of meaning and transformation—and to consider how they have shaped their lives. The 2020 First Year Academic Convocation will take place, virtually, on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m.