Plan Your Visit
Hotels and Accommodations
There is a wide selection of hotels located in short distance to Boston College. Rates may differ slightly on Commencement Weekend and are based on availability. We recommend asking about discounts upon making your reservation. It is strongly recommended that you make reservations as soon as possible to guarantee rooms as there are other colleges and universities in the Boston area holding commencement at about the same time as Boston College.
You may prefer to make your hotel reservation using the Boston Convention and Visitors’ Bureau website located at www.bostonusa.com.
Maps and Directions
For general maps and directions, visit bc.edu/maps. Important: Commencement-specific maps outlining parking, transportation around campus, and amenities will be available soon.
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 127).
The University does not provide personal use wheelchairs. Guests can set up wheelchair rental directly through any of the medical supply companies listed below. Payment, pickup and drop off should be arranged well in advance of Commencement Weekend to ensure availability as there are many local college and university commencements held the same weekend.
Belmont Medical Supply
185 Belmont Street
Belmont, MA 02478
617 - 484 - 3888
Sullivan's Medical Supply
1 Corinth Street
Roslindale, MA 02131
617 - 323 - 6544
Byrne Home Health Center
16 Main Street
Natick, MA 01760
508 - 655 - 3656
On Commencement Day, reserved parking is available in the Beacon Street parking garage for guests with disabilities or limited mobility. To gain access, individuals must have a state-issued disability license plate on their vehicle or a placard hung from the rearview mirror that is easily visible to parking attendants.
All other guests may park at other non-reserved areas of the campus, including the Commonwealth Avenue Garage.
All gates of Alumni Stadium are ADA accessible. For those guests arriving by shuttle and/or parking in ADA accessible parking, we recommend entry through Gate A on the south side of Alumni Stadium for closest access and a direct path to the ADA accessible seating areas. Please follow the directional ADA accessible signage when exiting the parking garage and/or shuttle bus.
Boston College is a large campus. Walking from place to place on Commencement Day can be challenging for some. To assist individuals who may have limited mobility, a small number of golf carts are available on a first-come first-served basis to transport visitors before and after the different ceremonies. For more information, including details on the numerous golf car routes, please visit the Parking and Campus Transportation section of this website.
For the main ceremony, graduates will be able to reserve 1 wheelchair space plus a seat for a companion on the concourse level of the stadium (these tickets will be provided electronically to students the week before Commencement). Guests with limited mobility but who do not require a wheelchair will be given access to the reserved two rows of the stadium near the concourse that only require 1 or 2 steps down. No tickets are required for this section, and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
However, so that we may serve you better, we request that you have your graduate register for the number of accommodations needed. Knowing the number of accommodations requested aids in our effort to plan and provide the best Commencement experience for all in attendance. Note: Ushers will be available to assist and direct those with limited mobility on the day of Commencement.
Dear Graduating Students and Parents:
The Boston College Police Department has issued the following guidelines to enhance security and to facilitate the quick entrance of all guests for our Commencement Exercises.
Luggage, backpacks, briefcases, large bags, and wrapped gifts will not be allowed into or stored at Alumni Stadium or at the respective school graduation sites. Only a small clutch purse will be allowed. Cameras are permissible, but no large camera equipment bags. Also, no food or drink will be allowed into the event.
These policies are meant solely to expedite entry into our venues and provide security and comfort for those who will be in attendance. Additional security personnel will also be on hand as a precaution.
We look forward to having you on campus for what will be a most enjoyable Commencement Day.
William B. Evans
Executive Director of Public Safety & Chief of Boston College Police Department
To allow for expedited entrance for all guests, Boston College strongly recommends that individuals attending Commencement Ceremonies refrain from carrying non-clear bags and/or purses into the stadium. All bags/purses are subject to search prior to entry for the prohibited items listed below. Bags deemed too large by stadium security, including backpacks, camera bags, luggage and/or duffle bags, are strictly prohibited from entry and should be stored in the graduate’s residence until the completion of the ceremonies. Medical bags, and diaper bags accompanying an infant, will be allowed into the venue following a search.
- Artificial noise makers
- Audio or video recording equipment
- Cameras with lenses larger than 4" or with detachable lenses
- Banners, Signs and Flags
- Beach balls
- Coolers (unless containing medical supplies
- Drones and Go-Pros
- Fireworks or any Explosives
- Folding Chairs
- Food and Beverage
- Go-Pro Cameras
- Heated Clothing and/or blankets
- Helium Balloons
- Laser Pointers
- Pets (except for documented service animals)
- Promotional Items with commercial identification not approved by the BC Athletics Department
- Selfie Sticks
- Use of Umbrellas
- Weapons of any description