Commencement for the Class of 2020 was originally scheduled for Sunday May 17, 2020, but had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A long-overdue celebration of the Class of 2020 took place on Sunday October 3, 2021.


Commencement Ceremony (with ASL interpretation and CC)
Commencement Address (with CC)
Baccalaureate Address (with CC)

Speakers & Honorees

Victor J. Dzau, president of the National Academy of Medicine, delivered the 147th All-University Commencement Address and received an honorary Doctor of Science. Yolanda Kakabadse, longtime environmentalist and former director of the World Wildlife Fund International, delivered the Baccalaureate Address at Marsh Chapel and received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Other honorary degree recipients include Thomas R. Insel (CAS’72, MED’74), former director of the National Institute of Mental Health, Doctor of Science; David Satcher, 16th US Surgeon General and director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Doctor of Laws; and Mark Volpe, former president and CEO of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Doctor of Humane Letters.

View Commencement Program

Handshake Photos

Search for images by the GradImages photographers who were at many of the recognition events.

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  • Enter “Boston University” as School
  • Enter “2021” as Year (Yes, we know you are the Class of 2020, but the ceremony was in 2021.)

“Step on the Seal” Photos

Thanks to the BU Alumni Association for having a photographer capture the moment when you finally got to “Step on the Seal”. You can find your pictures in their Flickr gallery.

Photo Gallery