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Frequently Asked Questions and Important Phone Numbers

Boston College Commencement

What is the date of the Commencement Exercises?

Commencement is Monday, May 21, 2018. For a full list of dates and times please refer to the Schedule of Events and Activities by clicking on the link above.

Are tickets necessary for any of the ceremonies?
No, tickets are not required for the main ceremony or diploma ceremonies in normal weather conditions. In case of severe weather some diploma ceremonies are held in different locations requiring tickets. Severe weather is considered lightning, thunder, high winds, heavy, continuous rain. Severe weather ticket distribution for Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences (undergrad) and Connell School of Nursing (undergrad and grad) will take place at cap and gown distribution. Severe weather ticket distribution for Carroll School of Management (undergrad) will take place in Fulton 315 during cap and gown distribution hours. Carroll School of Management undergraduate students must complete the senior survey prior to picking up severe weather tickets:

When do students and parents receive instructions about Commencement?

Will there be invitations available for graduates to send to relatives and friends?

Is there a special ceremony for December graduates?

When will the Commencement Speaker be announced?

When should we plan on arriving in Boston?
The majority of parents arrive on Saturday to take part in both the Sunday and Monday programs and activities.

When should we plan on leaving Boston?
Since all graduates will depart from Boston College on Monday in late afternoon or early evening, parents should plan to do so, too, unless they wish to extend their stay for personal reasons.

When will Senior Residence Halls close?

What about traffic and parking?

Are there any special arrangements for access to Lower Campus residence halls to move personal belongings?

Are there any special arrangements at Commencement for students and/or guests with disabilities?

How will I know if my son/daughter will be receiving a special award?

Are there special arrangements for members of the Boston College Silver Jubilee Class of 1993 and the Golden Jubilee Class of 1968?

What about cap and gown rental?

What about pictures?

How do I order a copy of Sub Turri, the Boston College Yearbook?

What about Senior Week Activities for students?

What is the date of Army ROTC Commissioning?

Is there space available on campus for private receptions during Commencement weekend? Also, what time is Commencement completed so that I may plan a reception?
No, we are unable to offer space for private functions because of the many events already taking place on Campus. We would suggest, however, that you contact a local restaurant or hotel. Individual School/College diploma ceremonies should be completed by 2:00 p.m.

What is the proper attire for guests over Commencement Weekend?
It is recommended that guests plan their attire based on the weather.  The weather in the Boston area in the month of May ranges from extremely hot and humid to very cool and possibly rainy. The Campus terrain is quite hilly; therefore comfortable shoes are highly recommended. Most guests prefer business casual.

What about hotel reservations?


Important Contacts

Department Contact E-mail/Website Phone

Commencement Office
Main Ceremony & General Commencement Information

For the most up-to-date information regarding Commencement.
Recording available during Commencement Weekend for announcements and updates. 617-552-INFO
Student Services
(Student Mailings for Diploma Ceremonies)
For information about student's status in fulfilling degree requirements, student financial accounts and transcripts/records.


800-294-0294 or
Student Programs Offices For information about Senior Week activities. 617-552-3480
Office of Residential Life For residence hall closing information. 617-552-3060
Boston College Bookstore For information about personalized graduation announcements, diploma frames, graduation rings and much more. 617-552-0900 or
Boston College Police Department For emergencies:
For lost and found:



School/ College
Diploma Ceremony Information
Contact E-mail Phone
Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences Theresa Alden 617-552-6870
Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences - Graduate School

Bryan Fleming 617-552-3268
Woods College of Advancing Studies Marisol Godinez 617-552-3900
School of Social Work Teresa Schirmer 617-552-4762
Carroll School of Management Sara Nunziata 617-552-0462 or 3932
Carroll School of Management - Graduate Programs Maryellen Jordan 617-552-2327
Connell School of Nursing Amy Gribaudo

Connell School of Nursing - Graduate Programs Amy Gribaudo

Lynch School of Education Maureen Raymond 617-552-4204
Lynch School of Education - Graduate Programs Tricia Stamper


School of Theology and Ministry Terry Lima