Boston University Commencement Event Information

SED Commencement
Saturday May 20, 2017, 3:00 p.m.
Walter Brown Arena
285 Babcock Street

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We hope that you, your family, and friends will enjoy the many events planned by the School of Education and Boston University to celebrate your accomplishments.

The ceremony should last between 1 1/2 and 2 hours.

Graduate students should plan to arrive at the Walter Brown Arena no later than 2:00 p.m. for line up in the tented area behind the arena. Volunteers and signs will guide you to the line up area. If you arrive late, you will proceed across the stage at the end of your degree group (and out of alphabetical order).

The School of Education Convocation reception will start immediately following the ceremony.

Graduate students that have names with difficult pronunciations, please leave a message for Dr. O’Connor at 617-353-3318, slowly saying your name twice and spelling it.

Senior Robing will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Case Gymnasium, 285 Babcock Street. SED Convocation will follow Robing at 3 p.m. Please RSVP by Monday, May 1st with the number of guests that will be attending here.
Undergraduates going to Robing should arrive at the Case gym no later than 12 p.m. for line up.

Additionally, Seniors are invited to present a speech of appreciation of your families, past teachers, or current professors who have helped during your academic career.

Speech Guidelines:

  • Subject should be related to one of the three topics:
  1. In appreciation of our families and friends, who have supported our academic goals.
  2. In appreciation of our teachers, whose teaching was our inspiration.
  3. In appreciation of our professors, who have prepared us for our profession.
  • Speeches should be under 5 minutes
  • Attach a cover sheet listing: your name, BUID, address and phone number.

Speeches must be submitted to Undergraduate Student Services in room 243 or You may submit speeches for more than one topic.

BU Commencement Day is Sunday May 21, 2017
The University will send out a commencement packet to families of all tentative graduating students. For your convenience, information from the packet will be listed as it becomes available.

For Convocation timings for other schools and more information regarding the All-University Commencement, check

Boston University has Commencement and Convocation ceremonies in May only. If you are scheduled to graduate in either September or January, you will be invited to participate in the May ceremonies following your date of graduation. Undergraduate and master’s students (not Ed.D) are allowed to “walk” in May if they will complete their degree during Summer Session, and have filed a Graduation Application and Petition to Walk in May to the SED Student Records Office, room 115.

Doctoral students must have completed coursework and a dissertation submitted no later than Friday, May 5, 2017 to the Mugar Library in order to be eligible to participate in graduation.

Students wishing to purchase a DVD of either the Robing or Graduation Ceremony can do so by ordering one here.

SED Graduation Checklist

Have you:

Apply to Graduate

Print, complete, and return the graduation application form with a copy of your Degree Advice printed from the Link to the SED Records Office, SED Room 115, Two Silber Way, Boston, MA 02215. Undergraduates will need to submit a Senior Year Plan with their Graduation Application and unofficial transcript by April 1, 2016 for May 2017 graduation. Graduate students who have taken more than 8 credits as a non-degree student must fill out the Transfer Credits Within BU form and request a waiver of the 8 credit policy.

Graduation Application Senior Year Plan

Anticipated Graduation Date Application Deadline
May 21, 2017 February 1, 2017 (Undergrad and Graduate)
September 25, 2017 June 1, 2017
January 25, 2018 November 1, 2017

If it becomes necessary to change your graduation date after you have submitted an application, please call the SED Records Office at 617-353-4235.

Graduation date change forms can be found here

BU has implemented a new service allowing September and January graduates the option to pick-up their diplomas on or after the Official graduation date. This will be very beneficial to some graduates, especially the international population.

The diploma pick-up application is now available on the University Registrar website under the ‘Graduation’ tab; click on the Diploma Pick-Up Request option.

This website has not been updated yet with current information, but students can contact the Registrar if they have questions.


  • For September 2017 graduates – the application deadline is June 1, 2017.
  • In order to have diplomas in house by September 25, BU will order diplomas for those that applied for pickup on September 5, 2017.
  • BU will only order a diploma if the student is an Official Graduate. It is up to the graduate to ensure they are Official in the system by September 5, 2017.
  • If a student applies for this option, they must pick up their diploma; BU will not mail it after the fact.
  • BU will only release a diploma if the student has resolved any outstanding financial obligations to the University.

Exit Survey

Dear Class of 2017,

As you know of your experience in SED, we are a school that is constantly working to improve our ability to serve our students and alumni. As our upcoming graduating class, we care deeply about your experiences at the School of Education.

Please follow the link below to complete a 5-10 minute survey to help us improve the services we provide to students and alumni.

Undergraduate: Coming soon

Graduate: Coming soon

Thank you so much for your help. Your insights and opinions are greatly appreciated.

Cap and Gown Ordering

Cap and Gown ordering is done through the BU Commencement website. The deadline to order your cap and gown is March 19, 2017. Undergraduates and Masters students are required to buy regalia, while Ed.D students will need to rent regalia. Please refer to for more information. All participants must wear a cap and gown or military regalia in order to walk in the May ceremony. When you pick up your regalia, please open and check to make sure you received the correct hood (Graduate students only), tassel color (light blue), and cap. If you are missing pieces, contact the BU Bookstore ASAP.

If you are interested in donating your cap and gown to future alumni, we will have donation boxes available after the ceremony at the Walter Brown Arena, or you can drop them off in the Records office, SED 115. If you are in need of a cap and gown and cannot afford one, they are available on loan from the Records office on a first come, first serve basis starting April 1st. Please inquire with the Records office about borrowing regalia.

Diplomas, Mailing Addresses & Permanent e-mail

All tentative graduates should go to the Student Link, click on Academics, then Graduation and Diploma, and update/confirm your name, both spelling and format. Once you have done this, your name will be printed on your diploma exactly as you have entered it online. You should also update your mailing address at this link if you are having your diploma mailed. Diplomas will not be released if the student account is not cleared.

*Diplomas will be mailed to September and January graduates and those not participating in the May Diploma Convocation.

*A reminder to September 2017 graduates walking in the May 2017 ceremony: you will not be receiving a diploma at the May ceremony.

Settled Student Account

Students who have not settled their student account will not receive their diploma until the bill has been paid in full. Please contact Student Accounts at 617-353-2264 to resolve any issues or visit the Student Account website. You can also check your student account on Student Link.

Completed Degree Requirements

Students will need to complete all required coursework.

Undergraduate students need a minimum of 128 credits.

Undergraduate Dual Degree candidates need a minimum of 144 credits (both degree requirements need to be met in order for both degrees to be awarded) and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

MAT students need a minimum of 42-46 credits + 4 GRS/CAS graduate level content courses and a minimum GPA of 3.0

Ed.M students need a minimum of 32 credits + RS600 and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

CAGS students need a minimum of 30 credits and a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Ed.D student requirements vary based on program; students need 4 Research courses (3 from level 2, 1 upper level) and a minimum GPA of 3.0

Disability Accommodation

Persons requesting any disability accommodation—guest seating, disability parking, wheelchair requests, and interpreter services—please complete the University on-line Accommodation Request Form.


*Please check this page often; it will be updated as more information becomes available.

Senior Week events for Undergraduate students will be announced soon.

Graduation Weekend Family Events are listed here.

Boston University School of Education hosted events include:

  • The Graduate Student Celebration. The date for this year’s event is TBD. Graduating Masters and Doctoral students are invited to join us for light refreshments, drinks and music! This event is open to only graduating masters and doctoral students. To RSVP, click here.
  • The Senior Appreciation and Robing Ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. on May 14, 2016 before the SED convocation at the Case Center Gym. Undergraduate students should report to the Case Center by 12 p.m. Please RSVP by Monday, April 20th with the number of guests attending here.
  • A Commencement Reception will be held at the Walter Brown Arena on May 14, 2016 for graduates and families following the SED ceremony.

All students should be at the Walter Brown Arena no later than 2 p.m. on Saturday May 14, 2016 for ceremony line-up in the tented tennis courts.

Latin Honors

Please note that Latin Honors are for undergraduate students only.

Latin Honors calculation beginning with the Class of 2007:
Among graduating seniors in each school and college, the top five percent will be awarded degrees summa cum laude, the next ten percent will be awarded degrees magna cum laude, and the next fifteen percent will be awarded degrees cum laude. “Break points,” which are the grade point averages (GPA) corresponding to each of these categories, will be determined for each graduating class in each school and college at the end of the seventh (penultimate) semester by applying these percentile ranges to the list of eligible graduates arranged in order of GPA. Students falling in the designated percentile ranges on the basis of their GPA after seven semesters will be certified for degrees with the corresponding Latin honors. Students who, by virtue of strong academic performances during their final semester, advance their GPAs beyond a breakpoint will be awarded degrees with the correspondingly higher Latin honor. Students whose academic performances during the final semester causes their GPAs to fall below a break point will retain the Latin honors as originally determined after seven semesters. In no case will students be awarded Latin honors for grade point averages below 3.0.

  • This amendment will not pertain to students who graduate from UNI.
  • Honors calculations exclude PDP and OTP courses.
  • (College of Engineering excludes PDP courses only)
  • The “break points,” that is, the GPA ranges corresponding to each of these honors categories, will be determined for each School and College on February 1 of each year based on the penultimate semester’s GPAs of the senior class. These GPA break points will be applied to that year’s May graduates on February 1, September graduates on September 1, and January graduates on January 2 based on their GPA at the time Honors are applied.

SED undergraduate students are eligible for Latin Honors if they meet the GPA requirements at the time of graduation.

Cum Laude Magna Cum Laude Summa Cum Laude
3.69-3.82 3.83-3.90 3.91-4.00

Students who have received Latin Honors should report to the SED Records office, SED 115 to pick up a Latin Honor cord to wear with their cap and gown by May 1, 2016.


Tentative graduates are advised to keep their e-mail accounts under quota and functioning because they will receive informational e-mails from this office and others University-wide, such as the University Registrar and Student Accounts. It is also recommended that students set up a Graduation folder in their inboxes and store all pertinent graduation-related e-mails there for easy reference as the semester moves along.

Financial Aid

Attention Financial Aid Recipients

As a borrower of a Federal Stafford Loan, you are required by federal regulations to complete a debt counseling session to review your rights, responsibilities, and repayment options when you graduate.

You can complete this requirement online at Click on “Loans and Work” and then “Exit Counseling.”

If you cannot complete this requirement online, please contact the Office of Financial Assistance at 617-353-4171.

If you borrowed a Perkins Loan, you must contact the Student Loan Department by calling 617-353-2340 to complete this requirement.

Licensure and MTEL information is available on the SED website at

Class Gift
Each year, members of BU’s graduating class band together to support future BU students, and to give thanks for the many opportunities their BU education has provided for them.
To learn more about the Class Gift Program click here:

All Graduation inquiries should be directed to the Records office, SED Room 115, Phone 617-353-4235, or by emailing