Celebratory Events & Activities

Update: Online ticket sales for Commencement Weekend events are now closed. While some events are sold out, remaining tickets for Comedy Night, Celebration Dinner and BU Night at the Pops can be purchased in-person at Warren Towers from Thursday, May 14 at 3:00 PM until Saturday, May 16 at 6:00 PM. Remaining Senior Champagne Reception tickets can be purchased at the door of the Track and Tennis Center on Friday, May 15 at 4PM.

*No refunds or exchanges can be made for tickets purchased after April 24, 2015.

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

Friday, May 15

Senior Champagne Reception

4–6 p.m., Track & Tennis Center, 100 Ashford Street

$10 per person

Come raise a glass to the graduates. The 2015 Senior Week Committee and the Dean of Students cordially invite you to this champagne and hors d’oeuvres reception celebrating the class of 2015.

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, with alum Greg Fitzsimmons (CGS’87, CAS’89), whose appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Dave Letterman, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

Saturday, May 16

Riverboat Cruises on the Charles

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

Duration: 30 minutes

Deerfield Dock (*note, location has changed)

$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. *This event is not handicapped accessible.

Celebration 2015 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).

101st 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

We’re excited to announce our guest performers for the BU Night at the Pops: Sons of Serendip!

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 24 WILL NOT be mailed. Tickets will be held for pickup at will call at Warren Towers Thursday, May 14 at 3:00 PM until Saturday, May 16 at 6:00 PM. After that, tickets will be held at BU will call at Symphony Hall.
*No ticket refunds or exchanges can be made after April 24, 2015.