Commencement FAQ

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. 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 original check-in area. A recessional and reception conclude the ceremony. Graduation photos will be taken by professional photographers and will be made available for sale.
  • The All-University Commencement Ceremony is held at Nickerson Field on Sunday, 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?

Find directions to Nickerson Field here.

When and where will Metropolitan College's Convocation Ceremony be held?

Metropolitan College’s ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 16, at 6 p.m. in the Agganis Arena, located at 925 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, Mass. Graduating students should arrive at 4:45 p.m.

How many guests may I bring?

There are no limits 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?

There are no tickets 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.

All special needs parking requests should be directed to Disability Services at 617-353-3658 or

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.

The Nickerson Field ceremony will last approximately two hours.

What if one of my guests requires individual accommodations, e.g., sign language, or has other special needs?

All such requests should be directed to Disability Services at 617-353-3658.

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 you to wear a cap & gown.

Do I need to apply for graduation?

Metropolitan College students must apply for graduation.

Where and how do I get the cap and gown?

Online orders can be placed for home delivery of your purchased bachelor’s or master’s regalia beginning January 1, 2015. The deadline to place orders for delivery is March 19. Online orders can also be placed specifying in-store pick-up at Barnes & Noble at BU. Pick-up orders can be placed online from January 1 until March 19 and may be picked up at Barnes & Noble beginning April 28. Degree candidates who do not place an online order for delivery or in-store pick-up must visit Barnes & Noble at Boston University, beginning April 28, to purchase their academic regalia. Please be advised that in order to ensure that you have the correct academic dress for your ceremony with respect to color and size, you should plan to pick up any online regalia order or visit the bookstore to purchase your regalia no later than May 9. To order online, visit the Herff Jones website.

*All rented doctoral regalia must be returned by May 25 to avoid late charges. The University will withhold transcripts for any graduate who does not return rented regalia.

When and how do I get my diploma?

May graduates will be able to pick up diplomas immediately after the Metropolitan College ceremony. 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 and January 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 2015 graduates should complete the diploma and graduation information on the Student Link.

Where and how do I get a class ring?

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.

How do I receive information about ordering the picture that will be taken at the Metropolitan College ceremony?

Metropolitan College will have professional photographers present to take your picture as you walk across the stage and receive your diploma cover from the dean. 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.

How do I keep in touch with fellow Metropolitan College and Boston University alums?

You may sign up for an email forwarding address at the Metropolitan College Alumni website. The Boston University Alumni website also features an Alumni Directory.