Celebratory Events & Activities

Each year, BU plays host to a number of events for graduates and families during Commencement Weekend. Most events require registration and ticket purchase.

Buy Your Commencement Weekend Tickets Here!

*Ticket sales start January 19, 2016 at 12p.m. EST.

Friday, May 13

23rd Annual Comedy Night

8–9:30 p.m., College of General Studies Auditorium, 871 Commonwealth Avenue

$25 per person

A host of comics are lined up to put a stitch in your side.

Saturday, May 14

Riverboat Cruises on the Charles

Departures begin at 9:30 a.m. Last departure is 2:25 p.m.

Duration: 30 minutes

Deerfield Dock

$7 per person

Departure times:
Morning: 9:30 | 9:45 | 10:10 | 10:25 | 10:50 | 11:05 | 11:30 | 11:45
Afternoon: 12:10 | 12:25 | 12:50 | 1:05 | 1:30 | 1:45 | 2:10 | 2:25

View Boston and Cambridge from the picturesque Charles River. Boats depart from the Deerfield Dock, with access across the footbridge on Silber Way. Rain or shine. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Boats do sell out.

Celebration 2016 Dinner

5-7 p.m., 808 Events Facility, 808 Commonwealth Avenue

Adult $30, Child 3-12 $15, Under 3 Complimentary (Ticket still required.)

Celebrate and mingle with graduates and families! Dine on a delectable buffet of salads, entrées, accompaniments, and desserts in a uniquely, sophisticated venue located at the center of campus. Cash bar featuring beer, wine, and premium liquors. Should you want to continue your evening with BU Night at the Pops, free shuttle bus service to Symphony Hall will be provided at 7 p.m. (Pops tickets sold separately).

102nd BU Night at the Pops

8 p.m., Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Avenue

Ticket prices range from $25 to $96/per person.

See seating chart for details: floor, first balconysecond balcony

One of BU’s oldest traditions, the Night at the Pops is an unforgettable way to celebrate this momentous occasion. You can choose from seats in the first or second balcony, or on the floor, where each table has five seats, as set by Symphony Hall. Starting at 7 p.m., we provide free public transit to and from Symphony Hall.

*Notice: Tickets purchased after April 15 WILL NOT be mailed. Tickets will be held for pickup at will call at Warren Towers Thursday, May 12 at 3:00 PM until Saturday, May 14 at 6:00 PM. After that, tickets will be held at BU will call at Symphony Hall.

Buy Your Commencement Weekend Tickets Here!

*Ticket sales start January 19, 2016 at 12p.m. EST.