What is the difference between Metropolitan College's Convocation Ceremony and the All-University Commencement Ceremony?
- The Metropolitan College Convocation Ceremony is held at the Agganis Arena on Saturday, May 19 and typically lasts two-and-a-half hours. Metropolitan College graduates will form a processional to begin this ceremony. A welcome by the dean and the commencement address by the guest speaker precedes the presentation of awards and diplomas. Each student is called by name and recognized at the podium. Students who have completed their requirements and have officially graduated will receive their diplomas after the ceremony at the reception. The recessional and reception conclude the ceremony. Graduation photos will be taken by professional photographers and will be made available for sale a few weeks after the ceremony.
- The All-University Commencement Ceremony is held at Nickerson Field on Sunday, May 20 and typically lasts one-and-a-half to two hours. An academic procession of Boston University graduates and faculty will formally begin the ceremony. The program includes the call to order, national anthem, invocation, student speech, conferring of honorary awards and degrees, the University address, and the presentation of candidates, concluding with the benediction and recessional.
Where is Nickerson Field?
Nickerson Field is located at 285 Babcock Street, Boston. Find directions here.
When and where will Metropolitan College's Convocation Ceremony be held?
Metropolitan College’s ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 19, at 4 p.m. in the Agganis Arena, located at 925 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Mass. Graduating students should arrive to the Three Court Gym at the Fitness & Recreation Center (915 Comm. Ave.) at 2:45 p.m.
How many guests may I bring?
There is no limit on the number of guests that you may bring to the Metropolitan College Convocation Ceremony or the all-University Commencement Ceremony.
Are there tickets for either of the ceremonies?
No tickets are required for either the Metropolitan College Convocation Ceremony or the all-University Commencement Ceremony.
Where do my guests and I park?
Guests are encouraged to use public transportation. Shuttle buses will operate along Commonwealth Avenue before and after the Nickerson Field ceremony and will stop upon request.
Unless used as a site for a convocation, all University parking lots will be open. Parking spaces are extremely limited for the All-University morning ceremony. Note: Agganis Arena and the Babcock Street parking areas will be open for the Metropolitan College evening ceremony.
How long will each of the ceremonies last?
The Metropolitan College ceremony will last approximately two-and-a-half hours and is followed by a reception for all graduates and their guests.
Sunday’s All-University Commencement ceremony on Nickerson Field will last approximately two hours.
What if one of my guests requires individual accommodations, e.g., mobility, sign language, or has other special needs?
Do I have to go to the All-University ceremony if I only want to attend the one for Metropolitan College?
Both ceremonies are optional and you may choose to attend one or both. Names will be read only at the Metropolitan College ceremony. Both ceremonies require graduates to wear a cap & gown.
Do I need to apply for graduation?
Where and how do I get the cap and gown?
Purchase your cap and gown online by March 25 for in-store pick-up at the BU Barnes & Noble. Orders can be made through May 1st for home delivery.
When and how do I get my diploma?
May 2018 graduates will be able to pick up diplomas immediately after the Metropolitan College ceremony at the reception in the Fitness & Recreation Center Four Court Gym. Please note that a photo ID is required. In rare cases, diplomas will not be available and may be picked up at or mailed by the Office of the University Registrar. May graduates who do not attend the ceremony should have completed the diploma and graduation information on the Student Link.
September 2017 and January 2018 graduates who did not already receive a diploma should arrange to pick it up at the Office of the University Registrar or have it mailed.
September 2018 graduates will receive their diplomas in September after successfully completed their final courses.
Where and how do I get a class ring?
Class rings are optional. If interested, learn about how you can order a class ring.
How do I get a yearbook?
Yearbooks are available to undergraduates. More information is available on the BU Yearbook website.
Is the ceremony being videotaped?
Professionally produced video recordings of this year’s All-University Commencement Exercises at Nickerson Field and the Diploma Convocation for Metropolitan College will be available for purchase. The Metropolitan College Convocation video will be in a downloadable video format, and is for sale digitally. You may pre-order the video now or after the ceremony.
How do I receive information about ordering the picture that will be taken at the Metropolitan College ceremony?
We have made arrangements for a professional photographer to photograph each student as he or she receives a diploma cover from the deans. Commencement Photos, Inc. will mail proofs to your home address and offer other photo packages for purchase in the weeks after the ceremony. If you have not given permission to release your address, please contact the Office of the University Registrar.
How do I keep in touch with Metropolitan College?
We do hope that you plan to stay in touch with us. Start by visiting the Metropolitan College Alumni website.