In accordance with COVID-19 compliance requirements, all graduating students must register for the events they plan to attend by Tuesday, April 20, 2021. You will be allowed to update this status as graduation approaches if your plans change until Friday, May 14, 2021, but you must register now to be eligible.
As announced, Boston College's 144th Commencement will take place in person on Monday, May 24, 2021 in Alumni Stadium at 10 a.m. Because of COVID-19 health and capacity regulations, attendance, unfortunately, will be limited to graduates, trustees, senior administrators, honorary degree recipients, and faculty marshals.
All Commencement events will be livestreamed and available to parents and family members via the following link: http://on.bc.edu/Commencement2021
The Baccalaureate Mass will be celebrated in Alumni Stadium at noon on Sunday, May 23.
Graduates and parents are encouraged to monitor the Commencement Official website for Commencement updates and information. The University is grateful for your patience and understanding.
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Both Bachelor of Arts and Masters Degree Students must adhere to the following policies and complete all the steps outlined below.
The university awards degrees in May, August, and December of each year and holds the Commencement Ceremony each year in May. Students who have completed all requirements for the degree before a specific graduation date are eligible to receive the degree as of the university’s next official graduation date. A diploma will not be dated before all work is completed.
This form begins the graduation clearance process. You will need to complete additional forms and provide information at a later date if you are approved to graduate. This information will be sent to your BC email address only. It is strongly advised that undergraduate students schedule an appointment with their Advisor after filling out this form and meet with them prior to the end of the Add/Drop period of your final semester.
Students who graduate in December or August may participate in commencement exercises the following May (this is called “walking” in the ceremony).
STUDENTS MUST SUBMIT THE FORM BY THE DEADLINE TO BE CONSIDERED FOR GRADUATION CLEARANCE.
After the Intent form is submitted, the student will receive confirmation that Woods College has received the form and that the review process has begun. The academic team will audit the student’s file and academic record to find if student will or will not meet the requirements to graduate. The student will be contacted by email with a determination that their intent is confirmed or denied.
If a student’s course schedule deviates in any way after they have submitted the intent form, they must resubmit the form with the changes reflected to be considered for graduation clearance.
UG Students who completed the course work in August or December 2020 and would like to participate in May 2021 ceremonies please complete the form below:
Students who already received the Diploma the prior semester may skip this step.
Deadlines to verify diploma names:
You must provide your name, as you wish for it to appear on your diploma, using the Diploma Name Information section in Agora Portal.
Login to the Agora Portal and go to:
This will ensure that your diploma is printed correctly and that you are listed in the University Commencement Program. Please note that only your name, degree, and Latin honors (if applicable) are printed on your diploma.
If you have any questions about updating Diploma Name please contact Student Services Office, 617-552-3300.
After finishing your courses many changes will occur to your email account and other computing services, the time will depend on your graduation term. To make sure you are able to receive them you must have these messages forwarded to another email address.
This is an important step and is required for students graduating in August and December if they wish to participate in the Commencement ceremony in May. Students who fail to set up email forwarding may miss out on important information about participation in Commencement.
We highly recommend you to check the Information Technology Services website where you will find detailed information about what happens to your email and other computing services by the term of graduation.
Any graduating Woods College student who has received any federal student loans and/or disbursements from Boston College must complete an exit interview with the Financial Services Office, prior to leaving the University. Failure to complete an exit interview or to resolve any outstanding financial obligation to the University will result in a hold being placed on your diploma and transcript.
Detailed information about the exit interview process is available online at the Student Services website.
If you have any questions, call the Office of Student Services at 617-552-3300 or 800-294-0294 and ask to speak with a member of the Loan Repayment staff.
As a result of COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions, graduates may only purchase academic regalia. As such, graduates will keep their cap, hood, tassel, and robe.
The deadline to order caps and gowns is Friday, April 30, 2021.
Undergraduate students should visit https://buildagrad.com/bostoncollege
Master students should visit https://buildagrad.com/bostoncollege
Students will need their Boston College ID, height, and approximate weight when ordering. An online order confirmation number, beginning with UCG followed by a 6–7-digit number, will be sent to the e-mail address the student supplied when placing the order.
Caps and Gowns Headquarters will be located in the lobby/bookstore in McElroy Commons. Students will need to come to the Boston College Bookstore on one of the days and times listed below.
When picking up their order, students should bring:
Their BC Eagle ID
The order confirmation number they received (beginning with UCG followed by a 6–7-digit number)
Must wear masks and observe all social distancing guidelines.
Caps and Gowns Headquarters will be open on the following days:
*Caps and gowns distribution will NOT be available on Saturday and Sunday prior to Commencement.
Emergency pick-up is available on Commencement Day (Monday, May 24, 2021) from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the bookstore located at McElroy Commons.
Please contact the Bookstore Manager, Ben Pinkham, at 617-552-4923 or email@example.com.