Preparing for Commencement: May 18, 2020
E-Invites & Announcements
Please note that these invitations and announcements are not used as tickets and are not required for admission to any Commencement ceremony or activity.
In early spring, each student eligible to graduate will receive access to an electronic invitation which may be personalized and sent to family members and friends. There is no limit to the number of invitations each student may send.
Personalized announcements of graduation are available through the Boston College Bookstore for those who are interested.
To order by phone, please contact CB Graduation Announcements at (800) 433-0296.
To order on-line, visit www.cbgrad.com.
For additional information, contact the BC Bookstore at (800) 978-0978 or (617) 552-0900.
Cap & Gown
Caps and gowns may be ordered online or in person but must be picked up before the day of the Ceremony.
The rental price for caps and gowns are as follows:
- Deluxe BC Doctor—$75.00
Students need their Boston College ID or a government issued ID and Eagle ID number. Doctoral candidates will also need their hat size.
Bachelor and Master graduates may keep their cap, hood, and tassel. Certificate and Doctoral graduates may keep their tassel.
Note: If you are interested in purchasing your regalia, please contact Tina Plotegher, Director of the Boston College Bookstores, at 617-552-2671 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org for pricing information.
If you order and pay for your regalia online, you will need to come to the Boston College Bookstore located in McElroy Commons on the days and times listed below to pick them up, as well as to obtain your severe weather location tickets.
Ordering online will save time and minimize wait times when you arrive at the Bookstore in McElroy Commons.
To order online, visit https://buildagrad.com/bostoncollege.
Students ordering doctoral robes should visit https://buildagrad.com/bostoncollegedoctoral.
The deadline to order for undergraduate and graduate students is Wednesday April 29, 2020. The deadline for Ph.D. orders is Saturday April 18, 2020.
Ordering In Person
If you choose to order in person, please visit the Bookstore in McElroy Commons during normal business hours.
If you choose to pay for your cap and gown using Eagle Bucks, you will need to order in person at the Bookstore in McElroy Commons.
Picking Up Your Cap and Gown
Cap and Gown Headquarters will be in the lobby/bookstore in McElroy Commons. The Cap and Gown Headquarters will be open on the following days:
- Wednesday, May 13, 2020, 9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
- Thursday, May 14, 2020, 9:00 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 15, 2020, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Cap and gown distribution will NOT be available on Saturday and Sunday.
Emergency pick-up is available on Commencement Day from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at the McElroy Commons Bookstore.
Returning Your Cap and Gown
- Rental outfit must be returned no later than 5:00 p.m. on the day of Commencement
- Rental outfits returned incomplete will be charged $35
- McElroy Commons—Beacon Street entrance
- Gabelli Plaza between Conte Forum and Maloney Hall (The Hillside Shop—Maloney Hall if raining)
- Cadigan Alumni Center—Brighton Campus
- Any returns after 5:00 p.m. on Commencement Day must be made at the McElroy Commons Bookstore
Please contact Tina Plotegher, Director of the Boston College Bookstores, at 617-552-2671 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Photos & Yearbook
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Seniors will receive an email in the fall with the dates of senior portraits and order information.
Photos of Students Receiving Diplomas
At the Diploma Ceremonies for our individual schools, a professional photographer will take pictures of each undergraduate receiving his or her diploma.
In early April, you will receive information about placing orders from the photographer Commencement Photos, Inc., Tewksbury, Massachusetts. In the event you do not receive an order form, you may call the photographer at (978) 851-5924.
Please note: So that all guests may have an unobstructed view at individual School diploma ceremonies, those using cameras may not approach the stage during these ceremonies.
Senior Week Activities
Senior Week is a springtime rite of passage on the Heights. The week offers seniors a special opportunity to commemorate their time together and celebrate their status as rising alumni. Senior Week activities are scheduled for the third week in May. These events are planned by the Senior Week Committee under the direction of the Student Programs Office.
For additional up-to-date information about Senior Week activities, please visit the Senior Week website.
Questions? Call 617-552-3492 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Office of the Dean of Students (DOS) reminds seniors that the University's Community Standards prevail throughout this period. As members of the Boston College community, students are expected to respect and adhere to all University policies throughout Senior Week. It is important to note that violations of University policy that occur during Senior Week may result in disciplinary action that could jeopardize one's status at Boston College.
The University residence halls will officially close at 8:00 p.m. on Commencement Day.
To alleviate prolonged delays and heavy traffic congestion after the school diploma ceremonies, we request your cooperation with the following recommendations:
- Please review complete residence hall closing information at www.bc.edu/closing.
- In advance of Commencement, pack and bring or send home items no longer needed, e.g. winter clothing.
- Pack personal belongings and remove all non-BC furniture during Senior Week.
- Bring donation items to BC Clean locations prior to Commencement Day.
- Please be prepared to move immediately after the ceremonies.
- Lower Campus roadways are one way from the entrance at the St. Ignatius Gate to the exit at Reservoir Gate.
- On the day of Commencement, leave your car where it is parked until everything is ready for loading.
- Honor the parking permit card given to you by the Boston College Police. This stipulates a 20-minute time limit for parking outside the residence hall during the loading of personal belongings.
ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
The Army ROTC Commissioning
The Army ROTC Commissioning will be on Sunday, May 17, 2020 on Bapst Lawn at 9:30 a.m. Sometime before May, an official invitation will be mailed to you by the ROTC Office. If you should need additional information, you may access the website at www.bc.edu/rotc or contact the ROTC Office at 617-552-2322 or 617-552-2580.
The Navy ROTC Commissioning
The Navy ROTC Commissioning will be held on Monday, May 18, 2020 onboard the USS Constitution at 6:30 p.m. Official invitations will be sent by the Navy ROTC Office in April. If you need additional information, contact the Navy ROTC Office at 617-353-0474.
Mailings and Instructions
Each student eligible to graduate in May will receive:
- E-mail communication regarding diploma name confirmation (January)
- E-mail communication announcing the Commencement Fair (February–March)
- E-mail with an electronic invitation to send to family and friends (March)
- E-mail communication including Cap and Gown details (March–May)
Note: Students expected to graduate should contact their Dean or the Office of Student Services if they do not receive the above communications.
Graduation Clearance Process
Students should visit the Student Services website and contact Student Services regarding information on graduation clearance.
Commencement Hometown News Release
If you would like to send an announcement of your son or daughter’s graduation to your local news outlet, please use the template below as a guide.
Copy and paste the template into a document file such as MS Word or into the body of an email, and fill in the graduate’s information where indicated. Send the completed news release by mail or email to the editor of your local news outlet. (Email and postal addresses usually are available online via the 'Contact us' link on the newspaper's website.) You may also want to include a photo of the graduate. If you do so by mail, write his or her name on the back of the photo. If you do so by email, include the graduate’s name in the image file name.
Hometown News Release 2019
CONTACT: [your name and telephone number or email address]
SPECIAL TO: [name of your local newspaper]
RELEASE DATE: AFTER Monday, May 20, 2019
[CITY] RESIDENT [STUDENT NAME] GRADUATES FROM BOSTON COLLEGE
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (5-20-19) -- [Student name], [select one: son/daughter] of [names of parent(s)/guardian(s)] of [city], was awarded a [cite degree received (e.g., bachelor of arts degree or bachelor of science degree*)] in [cite major/field of study] at the 143rd Commencement of Boston College on Monday, May 20.
[Student's name] is a graduate of [name/city of high school]. At Boston College, [cite here any academic honors, memberships in clubs, athletics activities, et. al. **]
The 2019 Commencement speaker was Isabel Capeloa Gil, a passionate leader in international Catholic higher education who believes global engagement can advance stronger values for a more equitable world.
University President William P. Leahy, S.J. also presented honorary degrees to: retired Boston College administrator Dan Bunch '79, BCSSW '81; former assistant dean and professor Reverend Robert D. Farrell, S.J., MA '58, STM '65; benefactor and former Boston College Trustee Thomas D. O'Malley P '87, P '89, P '00; and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Marilynne Robinson.
Boston College was founded in 1863 by the Society of Jesus. Today, it is one of the foremost universities in the nation, with a coeducational enrollment of some 14,500 undergraduate and graduate students drawn from all 50 states and 80 countries. Its faculty of eminent scholars is dedicated to teaching, both at the undergraduate level and in its graduate programs in education, law, management, nursing, social work, and theology and ministry. Boston College is guided by its founding Jesuit mission to offer students a transforming educational experience; to help them develop both their intellect and their character, and to encourage them to lead lives of faith, integrity and service to others.
* If the degree is awarded with honors (cum laude, etc.) include that information here.
**If the graduate's plans are known, a new paragraph including that information could be added after the activities list.
Residence Hall Closings
Residence halls close at 8:00 p.m. on Commencement Day. Make sure you are packed and ready to go. Drop off your key if you have not done so. Visit bc.edu/closing for more information.
The Boston College Alumni Association is located in the Cadigan Alumni Center on the Brighton Campus, 2121 Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton, MA 02135. You may reach the Alumni Association by phone at (800) 669-8430 or (617) 552-4700 or at email@example.com.
Message to the Class of 2020
When you graduate from Boston College, you join over 180,000 Boston College alumni worldwide! As members of the Class of 2020, you now have available a variety of opportunities and benefits designed to keep you connected to Boston College for a lifetime. Here are just a few:
- Affinity Programs: A pathway for alumni to engage with BC in a meaningful way via affinity with a specific area of interest, be it academic, cultural, professional, social, or spiritual. A few of our most active Affinity Councils include: the AHANA Alumni Advisory Council, the Council for Women of Boston College, the Real Estate Council, the East and West Coast Tech and Entrepreneurship Councils, the Wall Street Council, and the Woods College of Advancing Studies Alumni Council.
- Career Services: Join the online community for access to the online career network and other valuable services. Register today at www.bc.edu/alumni.
- Class-Based Programming: Don’t wait until your fifth reunion to see your classmates again. Every class has a committee of volunteers who plan and organize events and programs throughout every year leading up to and including reunion. Our GOLD (Graduates Of the Last Decade) programming offers many social and career-related activities designed specifically for YOU our newest alumni!
- Chapters: A growing network of more than 50 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico and nearly 20 international chapters around the world including Colombia, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Panama, Spain, the Philippines, South Korea, and China keep alumni connected to Boston College in every corner of the world. Chapters organize annual activities such as service projects, spiritual retreats, social and networking gatherings, as well as athletic and arts events and play a vital role in keeping alumni informed about and engaged with their alma mater. To find a chapter near you, visit www.bc.edu/alumni/association/chapters.html.
- Communications: As a graduate you will now automatically receive the Boston College Magazine, which features interesting stories, BC news, and class notes. You will also receive our monthly e-newsletter, Alumni Connections, filled with upcoming programs and activities and ways for you to become involved as a volunteer. And weekly you will receive an e-mail with events happening in your geographic area. Please be sure to stay in touch by becoming a member of the online community. Here you can update your address, look up friends, and participate in chats and bulletin board features. Visit the Alumni Association website at www.bc.edu/alumni. We are also all over social media, so check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more!
Now that you have graduated you can be assured that your Boston College journey will continue for a lifetime as a proud alumnus/a. Congratulations 2020!