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Maps & Directions

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Boston College is located in the Chestnut Hill section of Newton, Massachusetts. The campus is approximately six miles west of downtown Boston.

If you are using a GPS to get to Commencement use the following arrival points:

  • Main Campus - 28 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
  • Newton Campus Parking - 825 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458
  • Brighton Campus Parking - 129 Lake Street, Brighton, MA 02135
  • Beacon Street-Handicapped Parking - 156 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
     

TRAVEL ADVISORY

Travel to the University on Commencement morning is extremely slow because of heavy traffic. Ample time should be allowed to reach the Campus, especially from the Massachusetts Turnpike at Newton (Exit 17).

Public Transportation

The MBTA's "Green Line" can be used to reach Boston College from all of the hotels in downtown Boston.

The Boston College branch of the MBTA's "Green Line" (B) ends at the Boston-Newton boundary on Commonwealth Avenue. Cross the street and walk by St. Ignatius Church where shuttle buses will provide transportation to Alumni Stadium.

For more information, visit the MBTA official website.

RIDESHARE SERVICES

Designated taxi, livery car, and rideshare service providers are to drop off at the following locations only: 

  • St. Ignatius Church (in front)
    Father Herlihy Drive 
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

  • Adjacent to the St. Thomas More Apartments on Commonwealth Avenue
    2150 Commonwealth Avenue 
    Boston, MA 02135

  • McGuinn Gate 
    140 Beacon Street 
    Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

    View the shuttle stops and individual ceremonies map for an illustration of these locations.

Lyft  

Lyft is providing discounted rides to Boston College friends and family. New Lyft users can enter coupon code BCGRAD19 for $5 off each of their first two rides.

Parking

Travel to the University on Commencement morning is extremely slow because of heavy traffic. Allow extra time to reach campus, especially from the Massachusetts Turnpike at Newton (Exit 17).

Parking on Campus

For the Baccalaureate Mass on Sunday, guests of the graduates will have parking available on Lower Campus, including both garages.

On Commencement Day, the Beacon Street Parking Garage and the parking area at the north end (Flynn Recreation Complex) of Conte Forum and Alumni Stadium are reserved parking only. 

All other campus parking is available for families and guests of graduates on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Satellite Parking

Due to the very large number of people attending the University Commencement Ceremony, there will be a shortage of parking spaces on campus. Once all campus lots are filled, parents and guests will be directed to satellite parking locations.

Shuttle transportation will be provided throughout the day, from 6:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., to and from satellite parking sites:
1) Brighton Campus
2) Newton Campus
3) Chestnut Hill Mall
4) 300 Hammond Pond Parkway

Brighton Campus

  • 129 Lake Street, off Commonwealth Avenue
  • Recommended for guests attending the following diploma ceremonies on Main Campus or Brighton Campus: School of Theology and Ministry and Woods College of Advancing Studies.

Newton Campus

  • South on Centre Street from the Massachusetts Turnpike West [Interstate 90] Exit 17, right onto Colby Road.
  • Recommended for guests attending the following diploma ceremonies on Middle Campus: Boston College School of Social Work, Carroll School of Management—Graduate Programs, Connell School of Nursing, and Lynch School of Education and Human Development. 

Chestnut Hill Mall

  • 199 Boylston Street, parking access off of Hammond Pond Parkway 
  • Recommended for guests attending the following diploma ceremonies on Main Campus: Carroll School of Management, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, and Woods College of Advancing Studies. 

300 Hammond Pond Parkway

  • Off of Hammond Pond Parkway
  • Recommended for guests attending the following diploma ceremonies on Main Campus: Carroll School of Management, Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, Graduate School of the Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences, and Woods College of Advancing Studies.

Baccalaureate Mass (Sunday)

Free shuttle buses will be available after the Baccalaureate Mass outside Conte Forum - Gate B to shuttle guests to the Parent and Graduate Reception on O'Neill Plaza.

There will be shuttle buses for general guests and guests with disabilities. One individual may accompany the guest with disabilities to assist.

Commencement Day (Monday)

Free shuttle buses will be available all day on Commencement Day.

There will be buses to transport guests to and from satellite parking areas (Brighton Campus, Newton Campus, the Chestnut Hill Mall, and Hammond Pond Parkway)There will also be buses after the main ceremony to transport guests around the perimeter of the campus to individual diploma ceremonies (see BC Shuttle Bus Map/Bus Stops below). Buses will be available to return guests to their arrival points.

Shuttle Bus Routes

BEFORE AND DURING MAIN CEREMONY

  • Chestnut Hill Mall to Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street)
  • 300 Hammond Pond Parkway to Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street)
  • Brighton Campus Mechanical Garage/129 Lake St. to Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street)
  • 825 Centre Street (Newton Campus) to College Road/Commonwealth Avenue intersection
  • AC Hotel Cleveland Circle (395 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Boston, MA) to Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street)
  • Marriott Hotel (2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA) to Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street)
     

AFTER MAIN CEREMONY

  • Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street) to Stops 1–7 (around campus), ending at 3:30 p.m.
  • Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street) to Brighton Campus Mechanical Garage/129 Lake St.
  • Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street) to Chestnut Hill Mall
  • Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street) to 300 Hammond Pond Parkway
  • 825 Centre Street (Newton Campus) to College Road/Commonwealth Avenue intersection
  • Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street) to AC Hotel Cleveland Circle (395 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Boston, MA)
  • Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street) to Marriott Hotel (2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA)
     

AFTER INDIVIDUAL DIPLOMA CEREMONIES

  • Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street) to Chestnut Hill Mall
  • Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street) to 300 Hammond Pond Parkway
  • Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street) to Brighton Campus Mechanical Garage/129 Lake St.
  • STM Ceremony to Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street)
  • Commonwealth Avenue intersection to 825 Centre Street (Newton Campus) to College Road
  • Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street) to AC Hotel Cleveland Circle (395 Chestnut Hill Avenue, Boston, MA)
  • Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street) to Marriott Hotel (2345 Commonwealth Avenue, Newton, MA)
     

ON CAMPUS SHUTTLE BUS STOPS

  1. Alumni Stadium Gate A (Beacon Street)— AC Hotel Cleveland Circle, Newton Marriott, Campus Shuttles, Satellite Parking Shuttles, Main Ceremony, CSOM
  2. Campus Green/Stokes Hall/McElroy Commons—Lynch School (Campus Green)
  3. College Road Stop—CGSOM (Bapst Library Lawn) and CSON (O'Neill Library Plaza)
  4. Main Gate—BCSSW (Burns Library Lawn)
  5. St. Ignatius Gate—Woods College (St. Ignatius Church)
  6. Robsham—GSMCAS (Robsham Theater)
  7. Alumni Stadium Gate D—MCAS (Alumni Stadium)
  8. Cadigan Alumni Center Lawn, Brighton—STM Ceremony
  9. Newton Campus to College Road/Commonwealth Avenue intersection

Golf Cart Service

Boston College is a large campus. Walking from place to place on Commencement Day can be challenging for some of our guests. To assist those with disabilities or limited mobility, a small number of golf carts are available. Service will be first-come, first-served, and we encourage you to walk as much as possible.

Golf Cart Routes

BEFORE MAIN CEREMONY

  • Pick up at Beacon Street Parking Garage/Alumni Stadium Gate A and drop off at Gate A by the eagle statue
  • Pick up at Commonwealth Avenue Parking Garage (ground level elevators) and drop off at Alumni Stadium Gate D and Gate E
  • Pick up at College Road shuttle stop and drop off at Commonwealth Avenue Parking Garage (top level elevators)
     

AFTER MAIN CEREMONY

  • Pick up at Alumni Stadium Gate D and Gate E and drop off at Commonwealth Avenue Parking Garage (ground level elevators)
  • Pick up at Commonwealth Avenue Parking Garage (top level elevators) and drop off at O’Neill Plaza
  • Pick up at Commonwealth Avenue Parking Garage (top level elevators) and drop off at College Road shuttle stop
  • Pick up at Commonwealth Avenue Parking Garage (top level elevators) and drop off at Main Gate
     

AFTER INDIVIDUAL DIPLOMA CEREMONIES

  • Pick up at O’Neill Plaza (behind St. Mary’s Hall) and drop off at Commonwealth Avenue Parking Garage (top level elevators)
  • Pick up at Commonwealth Avenue Parking Garage (ground level elevators) and drop off at Alumni Stadium Gate D
  • Pick up at Commonwealth Avenue Parking Garage (top level elevators) and drop off at College Road shuttle stop
  • Pick up at Main Gate and drop off at Commonwealth Avenue Parking Garage (top level elevators)

Airport Transportation

Commencement Day
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 

Buses depart every hour on the hour from Gate A at Alumni Stadium (near Merkert Chemistry Center loading dock) to Logan Airport.

Following the individual school diploma ceremonies, free bus transportation from outside Gate A at Alumni Stadium (near Merkert Chemistry Center loading dock) to Logan Airport will be available for graduates, their families and guests.

Starting at 2:00 p.m., buses will depart every hour on the hour. The last bus leaves at 6:00 p.m. The University residence halls officially close at 8:00 p.m. on Commencement Day. Students are urged to book airline transportation as early as possible.

Visit Boston's Logan International Airport's official website for more information.

Hotel Reservations

We recommend that you make reservations early and guarantee your reservation. Please use this list of hotel accommodations to aid you in your search.