Postponing 147th Commencement

President Robert A. Brown has announced that Boston University is postponing its 147th Commencement and related events originally scheduled for May 14-17, 2020. The new Commencement date has not yet been announced.

We will continue to update this page with developing Commencement information and answers to frequently asked questions.

We hope that you stay safe and healthy.

May 2020 Celebratory Events

Many of our schools/colleges and departments will be holding online events to celebrate the accomplishments of the Class of 2020. To see who will be holding celebrations and information about them, visit the School/College Celebratory Events page.

Commencement Updates

Speakers and Honorees

Dr. Victor J. Dzau, president of the National Academy of Medicine, will deliver the Commencement Address at Boston University’s 147th Commencement. Former United States Representative, Nikki Tsongas (Massachusetts Fifth District), will deliver the Baccalaureate Address during the Marsh Chapel service. Both will receive honorary degrees during the All-University Commencement Exercises.

Others receiving honorary degrees are: Thomas R. Insel, former director of the National Institute of Mental Health and cofounder of Mindstrong Health, a company dedicated to transforming mental healthcare with technology; Yolanda Kakabadse, international conservationist and environmentalist; David Satcher, former Surgeon General of the United States and founding director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse University; and Mark Volpe, managing director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

Caps & Gowns

Despite what is happening around us, your graduation deserves to be celebrated! We encourage you to find ways to honor this milestone by making full use of your gown. Celebrate with loved ones, take pictures and share your achievement on social.

Online ordering of regalia for all degree candidates, including custom orders, is still available. The deadline for free home shipment has been extended. Place your order on the BU Regalia page.

If you already ordered and were expected to pick up your cap and gown on campus, please visit the Herff Jones Home Ship page to provide your home shipping information. Herff Jones will ship your cap and gown products to you for free.

If you choose to return your cap and gown (including tassel, stole, hood, or cords), you can do so by following the link to the Herff Jones College Regalia Returns page.

All Doctoral students with rented robes, including DMD, JD, and MD robes, must return their regalia by July 1 to Herff Jones. If you have not used your regalia for photos, virtual ceremonies, family get-togethers, or other celebrations, please fill out the refund section. You will have the opportunity to rent robes again once the date of Commencement 2020 has been announced.

For additional regalia information, please contact the Herff Jones customer service team at 1-800-837-4235.

Diplomas

May 2020 Graduates: Due to commencement being postponed, all diplomas will be mailed. Please log in to the Student Link > Academics > Diploma & Graduation tab and select “No” to attending the commencement/convocation ceremonies*. You will then be prompted to insert your address. Please make this update by June 1st.

Diplomas will be mailed mid-June and you’ll receive access to your CeCredential around that time. Your diploma/CeCredential will only be released if you have an official graduation status, provided a diploma mailing address, and resolved all University financial obligations.

*You will be able to RSVP to the rescheduled commencement once a date is confirmed.

January/September graduates can find more information on the Diploma Order/Mailing Schedule on the Registrar site.

Celebratory Event Tickets

Refunds for Eventbrite tickets for Riverboat Cruises, BU Night at the Pops (Boston Symphony Hall), Warren Towers Breakfast, and Hillel House events have been processed and cancellation confirmation emails have been sent. If you have any issues regarding your refund, please contact commencement@bu.edu.

On-Campus Lodging Reservations

Refunds for on-campus lodging at Warren Towers have been processed and cancellation confirmation emails have been sent. If you have any issues regarding your refund, please contact commencement@bu.edu.