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.

Online ticket sales are available January 23 at Noon (EST) through 5 p.m. (EDT) on May 15.

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Friday, May 19

24th 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 20

Riverboat Cruises on the Charles

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

Duration: 30 minutes

Deerfield Dock

$10 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 2017 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).

103rd 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 before April 21 will be mailed to your billing address. Cancellations are not possible after April 21. Tickets purchased after April 21 WILL NOT be mailed, these tickets will be held for pickup at Warren Towers front desk from Thursday, May 18 at 3 p.m. until Saturday, May 20 at 6 p.m. On the evening of the event, any remaining tickets will be held at the BU Will Call table at Symphony Hall.

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