What is the difference between the All-University Commencement and the School/College Convocations?

The All-University Commencement will be held Sunday, May 17 at 1 pm at Nickerson Field; rain or shine.  This ceremony is filled with the traditional pomp and circumstance that is associated with graduation, and all graduating students are welcome to attend.  The graduates will be recognized by their school/college, but individual names will not be called.

The individual school/college convocation is where students will have their names called and diplomas will be awarded.

Are there tickets to graduation?

There are no tickets or guest limit for the All-University Commencement or the individual school/college convocations, unless otherwise noted on the individual school/college convocation schedule.  Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

For the All-University Commencement, the guest seating areas open at 11 am, and it is advisable to arrive at Nickerson Field no later than noon.

How long is graduation?

The All-University Commencement runs approximately 2 hours.  The length of the school/college ceremonies varies.  Please contact your school/college commencement coordinator for more information.

Where do students line up for the All-University Exercise?

This information can be found at Nickerson Field Procession & Line Up.

What can I bring to the All-University Exercise?

Only small and average size handbags, purses and camera bags will be allowed. Bag size is limited to 12″ x 12″ x 6″. Over-sized tote bags, backpacks, briefcases, and wrapped presents will not be allowed into Nickerson Field due to enhanced security measures. Please save items such as champagne, balloons, and beach balls for your post-Commencement festivities.

What happens if it rains?

The All-University Commencement still happens on Nickerson Field rain or shine.

Where can I park?

Parking in all Boston University lots are free and open from Thursday morning through Monday at 11 am.

I am a dual degree candidate. Which ceremony should I attend?

If you are graduating with a dual degree, you will receive two diplomas. You are more than welcome to attend both convocations and be awarded a diploma at each, or you can choose to attend only one of the ceremonies. If you decide to only attend one ceremony, please review the instructions on notifying the Registrar’s office on which ceremony you will attend.

I am a dual major candidate. Which ceremony should I attend?

If you are graduating with a dual major, you will receive one diploma with both majors listed.  You are more than welcome to attend both convocations but please review the instructions on notifying the Registrar of your plans as well as let the coordinator of the 2nd convocation know so that a “blank” will be presented when your name is called.

Where do I get my cap and gown?

Caps & Gowns may be purchased through Barnes & Noble.

I’m an international student; my parents may need an invitation letter from the university to get their visa for the Commencement weekend. Where can I get this?

You should reach out to the International Students and Scholars Office. They will be able to provide you with this letter and more information about the process.

How do I get a yearbook or sign up for a photo?

The Yearbook is overseen by Dean of Students. See the Yearbook website for more information.

The senior portrait photographer is Lauren Studios. Senior portraits are taken on campus from October to February during the academic year. For any questions (such as not receiving yearbook emails, etc.), please contact Lauren Studios by email or call 951-272-8600.

You can order a yearbook through Jostens.

How do I confirm if I am graduating?

The Registrar has access to the official records. Please contact the Registrar at 617-353-3612 or registrar@bu.edu. You can also try contacting your school/college commencement coordinator.



What sorts of events happen during Commencement weekend?

A full schedule of our celebratory events is available on our website.

When can we buy tickets for the weekend events?

Tickets for weekend events will go on sale online started on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at noon EST.

How long is the Pops concert?

The concert normally runs between 1 and half hours and 2 hours.


Does Boston University reserve room blocks in the city?

No, the University does not reserve room blocks in the city. For information about hotel bookings around Boston, please visit bostonusa.com. Boston University does offer on-campus accommodations at Warren Towers for friends and family of the graduates.

Would we have our own room in Warren Towers whether it states single or double room?

Yes. Warren Towers is a traditional dormitory building with rooms that accommodate 1-2 people. If you book a single room, you will be the only person in the room. If you book a double room, you will share the room with your guest. You will not be asked to share a room with an unfamiliar person.

Do students need to register for breakfast at Warren Towers or can they use their dining plans?

Points will be accepted at Warren Towers Dining Hall with the exception of Sunday.  A ticket will be required for that day.

How do I reserve housing at Warren Towers?

Reservations for on-campus accommodations can be made online starting on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at noon EST on the Lodging page. Following this link will take you to our housing reservation system.

If you are registering for someone other than yourself that has different check in and/or check out dates, you must make a separate reservation. Please make a note in your reservations if you would like to be placed near the separate reservation (please note full name of the people in each reserved room.)