If you still need regalia visit the BU Barnes & Noble asap – stock cannot be guaranteed
IMPORTANT INFO FOR GRADUATES!
If you still need regalia visit the BU Barnes & Noble asap – stock cannot be guaranteed
Wear comfortable shoes. There will standing, walking, and the reception is outside on grass. Do not wear white under your robes – the red color has been reported to transfer. Come prepared with your robe on, but open as you pass through security.
The Red Sox play at Fenway Friday night. Plan for heavy traffic and serious delays.
Do not hesitate to contact Keane if you need special assistance or accommodations such as lactation space, special seating for medical reasons, etc.
Students who completed their degree requirements in September 2017 or January 2018, and those who plan to complete their degree requirements in May 2018 or September 2018, are eligible to participate in the May 2018 Convocation Ceremony. Doctoral students have additional requirements that must be completed prior to graduation. The Questrom Convocation Ceremony for Doctoral & Master’s Candidates is on Friday, May 18, 2018 at 6pm in BU’s Track & Tennis Center located at 100 Ashford Street. Students will receive details on when and where to arrive after Spring Break.
Guests do not require tickets, seating is first come, first served, and there is no limit to the number that may attend the convocation ceremonies.
Please be advised that traffic along Commonwealth Avenue during Commencement Weekend is normally heavily congested, and a Red Sox game at Fenway Park Friday night will only create more traffic and serious delays. Please plan to give yourself and your guests extra time to arrive. We highly recommend using public transportation to and from campus whenever possible.
Students and guests will pass through security prior to entering. All bags will be searched by security when entering the facility, and that no bags larger than 12” x 12” x 6” will be permitted inside. All items (e.g. coats, umbrellas, bags) must be left with friends or family before checking in, as there are no facilities to secure these items. If you must carry small items, make sure you can keep them under your gown in pockets or a small bag. Alcohol, balloons, beach balls, air horns, or any similar paraphernalia will not be permitted inside.
Immediately following the ceremony (approximately 8pm), students and guests will be led to an outdoor tented reception, on grass, directly across the street. We recommend that any dinner plans be made for 9pm or later.
The deadline has passed to update your program info on the student link. Please contact Keane asap if you have concerns.
As you walk across the stage, you will receive an empty diploma cover from Dean Freeman. Your diploma will be available for pickup after the ceremony. For further questions related to your diploma, contact the BU registrar. Make sure to resolve any compliance holds that could prevent you from receiving your diploma. If you have federal loans, your diploma will be withheld until you complete your exit counseling.
Students walking in the ceremony are required to wear University-approved regalia, you will not be allowed to participate in either the Questrom Ceremony or the All-University Ceremony without them. Military attire is acceptable in lieu of regalia. Barnes & Noble at Boston University is the approved supplier for caps and gowns to graduates.
Online ordering for all degree candidates is available through May 1 for home delivery. Please note that orders cannot be shipped to a P.O. address. Orders placed online for in-store pick-up will be available beginning May 1 and should be retrieved by May 11 to ensure that everything with your order is correct.
For those who do not wish to order online, regalia may be purchased (or rented if doctoral) at Barnes & Noble at BU beginning May 1. While every attempt will be made to provide walk-ins with the regalia appropriate for your degree, sufficient inventory cannot be guaranteed.
*Doctoral regalia rented through Barnes & Nobel must be returned by May 30 to avoid late charges. The University will withhold transcripts for any graduate who does not return rented regalia.
Honor Cords & Beta Gamma Sigma (BGS) Cords
Honor, High Honor & BGS cords will be given out upon check in at the Questrom Convocation. A gold cord is worn by students who are graduating with High Honors (3.70 CGPA or above) and a white cord is worn by those graduating with Honors (3.55 CGPA or above). MBA+MSDi students will receive one honor cord upon check in. All students initiated into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society will receive a blue cord.
You are welcome to bring as many guests as you like! You do not need tickets for either the Questrom ceremony on May 18, or the All-University ceremony on May 20. For both ceremonies, seating is first-come, first-served, so make sure to arrive early.
Please notify your guests of the Red Sox game and anticipated heavy traffic, that there will be security and a bag check, and that the reception will take place in an outdoor tent on grass.
Beginning Monday, April 2, Disability Services will accept submissions to request accessible parking, seating, and individual services. If you need additional assistance, contact Disability Services at 617-353-3658.
Guests who will be traveling from abroad may contact ISSO to generate a letter of invitation for U.S. visitor’s visa application, which can be used by family members of a BU student or scholar.
Check out and RSVP for BU’s Commencement Weekend Events for graduates and families.
Traffic along Commonwealth Avenue during Commencement Weekend is normally heavily congested, so please plan to give yourself and your guests extra time to arrive. We highly recommend using public transportation to and from campus whenever possible. BU provides a free continuous shuttle service between Kenmore Square and the Track & Tennis Center throughout the weekend for our guests. Learn more about commencement weekend transportation options.
While all university parking lots will be open and free of charge during Commencement weekend, space will be limited and demand will be high, particularly on Friday afternoon, as the campus is open and faculty and staff are still working. The closest lot to the Track & Tennis Center is Lot B: Langsam Garage (entrance on Gardner St.) which is under New Balance Field. Handicapped parking is available in all parking lots throughout the Charles River Campus on a first-come, first-served basis to students and guests who are attending individual school and college ceremonies and other Commencement events.
Disability Services Accommodations
Graduates needing special assistance should contact Keane Wimberly in the Grad Center as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements may be made.
Beginning Monday, April 2, guests may request accessible parking, seating, and individual services. If you need additional assistance, contact Disability Services at 617.353.3658.
Handicapped parking is available in all parking lots throughout the Charles River Campus on a first-come, first-served basis to students and guests who are attending individual school and college ceremonies and other Commencement events.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services (DHHS) such as Sign language and CART (Speech to Text) Services as well as other accommodations are available upon request to individuals with disabilities during convocation ceremonies and campus commencement weekend events. Please indicate on your form which services you will need.
A professional photographer will photograph each student as he or she receives a diploma cover. Commencement Photos, Inc. will mail proofs to your home address and offer other photo packages for purchase in the weeks after the ceremony.
Questrom Graduation Celebrations
- Disorientation is a series of activities and gatherings in the week leading up to graduation. It is sponsored by the Questrom Graduate Council. More information will be posted on their Facebook page in the weeks ahead.
- MSMF Graduation Reception, Thursday 5/17, 5-7pm
- PhD End of Year Reception, Tuesday 5/15, 4:30-6:30pm
Have you accepted a job offer?
Be sure to let your Academic Advisor and Career Coach know, and come to the Grad Center to “ring the bell” so we can celebrate with you! MBA and MSMF students will receive a link to complete the employment survey once you’ve notified your Career Coach.
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