Friday Reminder: May 11, 2012








Hello everyone,


Congratulations on finishing your exams! What a beautiful day to celebrate your hard work!  It is hard to believe the year is over, but time flies when you’re having fun, right?  We look forward to seeing all of you on the Harbor Cruise on Wednesday, May 16th and at the Castle graduation party on Friday, May 18th.


Please read through this entire email, as it contains a lot of important information about your upcoming graduation and graduation events. Most importantly, please note that your graduation gown should be BLACK. If your gown is not black, you’ll need to go back to Barnes and Noble to exchange it. 


In addition, please don’t forget to complete the American Law Program and LL.M. Employment surveys. Each year, we utilize your feedback to make improvements to our programs and to the services we provide to students. Your feedback is valuable to us! To encourage you to complete these surveys, the OGIP is offering a $200 gift certificate to Eastern Standard restaurant in Kenmore Square to one lucky person who submits the surveys!  The winner will be chosen randomly using a special survey feature connected to the last question of the survey. The last day to complete the surveys and enter the gift certificate raffle is Monday, May 14th.  Here are the links to both surveys:


Thank you for taking the time to complete these important surveys.


Here are this week’s reminders:


~ Before Graduation ~

1.    TODAY:  Pick up your cap and gown from Barnes & Noble at BU Bookstore!  Today is the last day to pick up your regalia!!

2.    TODAY at 1:00 pm:  Deadline to RSVP for the LL.M. Harbor Cruise on Wednesday, May 16th from 6:00-9:00 pm. Please join your LLM classmates and visiting exchange students aboard the Seaport Elite II yacht for a dinner and dancing cruise around Boston Harbor.

All students attend for free; guests are charged $30/per person (you may pay with cash OR checks made payable to Boston University). To participate, please respond to the invitation Meg Lavangie sent to you last week.  The deadline to RSVP and pay for any guests is 1:00 pm on May 11th.

The location of the yacht has changed, so please note the new information and directions for the event. Please spread the word to your colleagues in case they are not checking their emails. The yacht Seaport Elite II will board at Commonwealth Pier which is located at the World Trade Center in the Seaport District in South Boston. The street address for Commonwealth Pier is 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston, MA 02210. If you are taking the T, please note the following directions:


-          Take the Red Line to South Station then transfer to the Silver Line Waterfront line.

-          Get off at World Trade Center Station.

-          Take the stairs/escalator/elevator to the second level and exit onto World Trade Center Avenue.

-          Walk towards Seaport Boulevard and the World Trade Center.

-          Take the stairs down to street level.

-          Cross Seaport Boulevard.

-          Commonwealth Pier is beside the World Trade Center.


If you’d like a map of the area you can visit the following website:               

We strongly suggest that you do not drive, but rather take the Silver Line to the World Trade Center subway stop and then walk down to the pier.

Boarding begins at 5:30 pm, and the boat departs at 6:00 pm. The boat will not wait for you, so it is important to be on time. You should plan on at least one hour of travel time from BU to be safe.  Once you arrive at Commonwealth Pier, you should look for the OGIP staff in front of the boat. We will have a list of all the American Law and Exchange students who have RSVP’d and will check you off the list so you can board the yacht.

3.    Check  your student account status.  Make sure to check your student account and pay any outstanding balances now, as any student owing money to the University will not receive his or her diploma at commencement! To check your account, login to the Student Link and select “Money Matters.” From there, select “Student Account Inquiry.” If you have any questions about your account, contact Student Accounting Services (


4.    Request transcripts before you leave Boston. It is useful to have several official BU Law transcripts on hand in case you need them to submit to employers or universities.  These transcripts are much easier to request now while you are still here in Boston.  Request forms for transcripts are available at the School of Law Registrar’s Office on the 4th floor.  You may email a transcript request to only if you can pick up the transcript from the Registrar’s office. You will be required to sign a printed copy of your request at that time.

5.    THURSDAY: Senior Send-Off Celebration: Thursday, May 17th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in Room 1270.  Students are cordially invited to attend a send-off celebration with Dean Maureen O’Rourke and BU Law faculty. Refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP to Elizabeth Aggott at by Thursday, May 10, 2012.

6.    FRIDAY:  Graduation Reception at the Castle, Friday, May 18th from 5:00-8:30 pm.  Join the members of the OGIP as we celebrate all of your hard work over the past year. We will sample hors d'oeuvres, cheese, fruit, veggie and antipasto platters, and a variety of tasty desserts. Drinks (including beer, wine, soft drinks, coffee and tea) will also be available. You don’t need to bring anything – just yourselves and your families! The Castle is located at 225 Bay State Road, just a short walk from the law school.

7.    Spring Semester Grades:  Grades will likely be available on Friday, May 18th.  I will email you as soon as I hear they are posted.

~ Graduation ~


1.    When should you arrive for the Law Commencement Ceremony? 
All LL.M. in American Law students are required to arrive at the Agganis Arena no later than 8:00 am to line up. Please enter the Agganis Arena via the side entrance marked “Feld Public Skating” on the street named Harry Agganis Way, across from the BU Police Department. You MUST check in with Erin or Meg upon arrival.  The class will then march in together to be seated in time for the ceremonies to commence at 9:00 am sharp. 


2.    What about your guests?
There is no limit to the number of people you can invite, as the Arena can accommodate a large number of people.  Please inform guests that they may enter the arena starting at 8:00 am but no earlier. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

3.    What should you wear? 
You must be wearing your black cap and gown to participate in the Commencement ceremony. You should pick up your cap and gown from the BU Barnes and Noble by the Friday, May 11th and you should open the package to make sure all items are included and that everything fits. 
All rental regalia must be returned no later than May 24th to avoid late charges, and transcripts will be withheld by the University from any student failing to return rental items.. Return locations will be posted at Barnes & Noble at BU and at Agganis Arena. You will be refunded your deposits when the regalia is returned. The regalia for LL.M. graduates consist of the following:

 -  a black tam (a hat that looks like a flat beret);
 -  a gold tassel (worn on the tam);
 -  a black gown (If you receive a red one, give it back and ask for a black one. The red gown is for JDs.); and
 -  a hood colored purple, red and white (the law school hood).

You should dress comfortably, but remember that you will likely want to take photos after you return your gown, so dress appropriately. You should leave your backpacks, purses and bags at home or with your guests because your hands need to be free and you will not be allowed to carry items into the Arena during the procession.


4.    What happens after you arrive at the Agganis Arena? 
Please read through the schedule of events posted on the Commencement website: Remember, you need to arrive and be ready to line up by 8:00 am.


5.    What happens after the ceremony?


a.     Follow the marshals out of the arena and go directly to the steps on the side of Agganis and FitRec where we’ll take a cap-tossing photo! DON’T follow all the other students!  This is a photo just for the ALP students.

b.    Immediately following the ceremony there will be a reception for all graduates and their guests in the lower level of the FitRec center from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. You will arrive here after the cap-tossing photo to celebrate with your family and fellow graduates. (Meg will lead the way so you do not get lost on the way to the FitRec location.) Look for the sign for LL.M. in American Law graduates and meet your family and friends at that location.


6.    Where can you find additional information about the BU Law Commencement Ceremony?
At BU Law’s Commencement website:


7.    Are you planning on going out to lunch after the Commencement ceremony?
Start making restaurant reservations now if you want to eat in the BU area, as restaurants fill up very quickly. Another option is to take your family or guests to dinner in Cambridge – it’s still nearby, but tends to be less crowded than the area immediately near BU.


8.    Thinking about attending the University Commencement at Nickerson Field at 1:00 pm?

Details on the ceremony are available online at  Not sure where to go?  Check out the lineup information at

Eric E. Schmidt, executive chairman of Google, will deliver the University’s 139th Commencement address.


9.    Not coming to graduation? 
If so, please tell me ( as soon as possible.  Thank you to those people who have already informed me.


~Post-Graduation Information~


Here is some important information about administrative matters and arrangements that will take place following commencement – and that relate to your upcoming status as “graduating students.” Those of you staying in Boston for bar studies and beyond should take particular note.


1.    Lockers: You may keep items in your locker until July 31, 2011. After this date your lock will be cut off and any remaining items will be removed by maintenance staff. Please be sure to clean out your locker by July 31!


2.    BU Health Insurance: For your information, Boston University health insurance coverage ends on August 22, 2012. If you plan on remaining in the United States after that date, you may wish to purchase a new insurance policy.


3.    Library Access and Legal Research Databases: Information about summer hours for the Pappas Law Library, your Westlaw/Lexis accounts, and access to electronic databases after graduation is available at Summer hours for the Mugar Library can be found at


4.    Email: You enjoy continued use of your BU e-mail address after graduation.  You can set up e-mail forwarding for messages sent to your address.  Just click on the link and follow the instructions.

~ … And All the Rest! ~


1.    Birthday news: Happy Birthday to Megumi Watanabe!  Megumi celebrates her birthday on Monday, May 14th.  Please wish her a wonderful birthday!


Have a great weekend!  All of us in the OGIP are looking forward to celebrating with you next week.