Seniors: What to do Before May 19th
Commencement Weekend: May 19-21
The Questrom School of Business Convocation Ceremony will begin at 1:30pm in Agganis Arena with a program of speeches, recognitions, and awards. Each student will be announced and recognized individually as they proceed across the stage, shake hands with Dean Freeman and receive a diploma cover.
To allow each student the opportunity to be properly recognized we ask that you and your guests remain seated throughout the ceremony. This will help to create an atmosphere of decorum and respect for every graduate.
Students and their guests are invited to a reception at the FitRec Center (next to Agganis Arena) to celebrate the Class of 2017. The reception will begin immediately following the convocation ceremony, and signs will direct guests to the reception.
Students will be able to pick up their diploma at the reception.
The All-University Commencement Ceremony begins at 1:00 p.m. at Nickerson Field. This is a symbolic conferment by the University; students do not receive their actual diplomas at this ceremony. The University Commencement speaker will be announced at Senior Breakfast. More information about the All-University Commencement can be found here.
Arriving at Agganis Arena on May 19
Guests may begin to enter the front entrance of Agganis Arena at 1 p.m. Please plan to arrive no earlier than 1 p.m. due to an event prior to the Questrom Convocation Ceremony. Parking near Agganis Arena is expected to be limited. It is strongly encouraged for students and guests to take the BU Shuttle Bus or public transportation.
Over-sized tote bags, backpacks, briefcases and wrapped presents will not be allowed in to the Arena.
We will accommodate all guests with disabilities in the Agganis Garage. Please review the procedure below to request accommodations.
Arriving at Nickerson Field on May 21
Graduates should arrive at Harry Agganis Way no later than 12:15 p.m. to line up for the All-University Commencement Ceremony. There is plenty of seating, so there is no need for guests to feel that they have to arrive early. Signs will be posted to direct both students and their guests to the proper areas.
Over-sized tote bags, backpacks, briefcases and wrapped presents will not be allowed on to Nickerson Field.
May graduates, and January graduates who have not yet received their diplomas, may pick them up during the Reception at FitRec Center. September graduates will receive their diplomas approximately one month after their official graduation date on September 25, 2017.
How to receive your diploma if you do not attend the Questrom Convocation Ceremony or the reception:
Photographs & Video
Because of the potential disruption of numerous photographers coming forward during the Questrom Convocation Ceremony, we have made arrangements for a professional photographer to photograph each student as he or she receives a diploma cover from Dean Freeman. Commencement Photos, Inc. will mail proofs to your home address and offer other photo packages for purchase in the weeks after the ceremony.
The Questrom Convocation Ceremony will be video-recorded by Kitay Productions, and DVDs are available for $35. Pre-order your DVD by clicking here or purchase the DVD on the day of the convocation ceremony in the Agganis Arena lobby.
Special Assistance Needs
If one of your guests needs special access to either Nickerson Field or Agganis Arena, please submit the ‘Accommodation Request Form’ found here starting April 1st.
Graduates needing special assistance for themselves should contact the UDC by emailing QuestromUDC@bu.edu as soon as possible so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
Day of Ceremony Reminders