What is the Baccalaureate Service at Marsh Chapel at 11:00 a.m. on commencement day?
It is the non-denominational religious service for those interested. Attendance is not required. For more information on this and other Commencement Weekend worship services, please visit BU’s Commencement Web site.
Is it necessary to attend the main ceremony on Nickerson?
No, it is not required but encouraged. For more information, please visit BU’s All-University Commencement Web site.
Do I need tickets to attend the BU Law Commencement ceremony?
Tickets are not required to attend the commencement ceremony.
Is there a limit to the number of guests I can bring to the BU Law Commencement ceremony?
There is no limit to the number of guests.
How long is the BU Law Commencement ceremony?
The BU Law Commencement ceremony will be approximately two hours long (9 a.m. – 11 a.m.) and is immediately followed by a reception for graduates, their guests, and faculty outside of the Track and Tennis Center.
How early should guests arrive?
Please inform guests that they may enter the arena starting at 8:00 a.m. but no earlier. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Do I need a cap and gown to participate in the commencement exercises?
All students are required to wear the appropriate regalia to participate in Commencement exercises.
Can I cover the crosses on my robe?
Purple ribbon and pins will be available during Commencement procession line-up if you wish to cover the crosses on your regalia. Please note there will be a fee if robes are damaged.
How do I put on my robe and hood?
Please do not put on your regalia until after you arrive at Agganis. For more information, please visit the Regalia section of our Web site.
Is there a dress code for the ceremony?
There is no formal dress code for the ceremony. The only pieces of advice is not to wear white under the JD robes as the red color has been known to bleed and to wear comfortable shoes, as you will be walking a fair amount on different surfaces, including grass.
How hard will it be to find parking?
Due to the anticipated traffic on Commonwealth Avenue during Commencement Weekend, you are urged to use public transportation. Free shuttle buses will be operating continuously along Commonwealth Avenue. For more information, please visit the Parking & Public Transportation section of our website. BU Parking and Transportation have their own Commencement Site with information as well.
Will the ceremony be videotaped?
The ceremony will be videotaped. You can order the MP4 video file, which will be shipped to you on BU branded USB 3.0 from http://www.bu.edu/commencement/for-students/memorabilia/
How can I get photos that were taken of me receiving my diploma?
Commencement Photos, Inc. will take photographs of students shaking hands with the Dean on stage, and once they leave the stage to receive their diploma. Commencement Photos, Inc. will be contacting students directly with information about purchasing their photos.
Photos from our other photographer, Professional Event Images are available for purchase here.
When do I get my diploma?
Diplomas are awarded at the ceremony. This is contingent on the student having met all degree requirements and financial obligations.
What if my name on the diploma is incorrect?
If your name is incorrect please contact BU Law’s Registrar’s Office to rectify the problem.
How does the line-up work?
Line-up: By 8:00 a.m. (the earlier you arrive, the better) you will follow signs to the “Student Line-Up” outside of the Track and Tennis Center. Check-in is alphabetical by your last name. Upon check-in you will receive a name card; please write the phonetic spelling on your card so the name reader pronounces it correctly. Find your place in line based on the number on your card.
Note: Guests are not permitted in the line-up area, as space is very limited.
What is the procession order?
Procession Order: LLM candidates, JD candidates, platform party
How are diplomas awarded?
Conferring of Degrees: Graduates will stand up one row at a time and approach the stage from the left. Go to the top of the steps and hand your card to the reader. When your name is read, walk across the stage, shake hands with the dean and exit the steps at the far-right. At the bottom of the stage, you will receive your diploma. Finally, you’ll return to your row and seat.
Do we have cords for academic distinction? When will we find out if we get one, and where do we get them?
The law school does not use honor cords for the ceremony. However, if you graduate with honors this will be mentioned at the ceremony and will also be printed next to your name in the commencement program booklet.
How should disabled guests enter the arena?
Disabled guests should enter the arena through the main entrances. They will be escorted to their seats in the disability seating areas on the concourse level.
What is the layout of the arena for Commencement?
I have a question not on this page. What do I do?
If you have a question not listed on this page, please email Elizabeth Clancey, BU Law’s Commencement Coordinator.