Celebratory Events

Each year, BU plays host to a number of events for graduates and families during Commencement Weekend. Schools & colleges will share their own events directly with their graduates (contact the coordinator listed on the school & college convocation schedule for more information.)

NOTE: Tickets are not required for All-University Commencement, Baccalaureate, or school/college convocations. Individual school/college convocations may have guest limits, so please check with your school/college for more information.

Riverboat Cruises on the Charles

Riverboat on the Charles River with Boston cityscape in the background

Saturday, May 18
Deerfield Sailing Dock

Relax with family and friends as you cruise down the Charles River.  See the sun playfully reflect off the State House Dome and marvel at the beauty of Boston’s skyline during this 30-minute narrated tour.  Snacks and beverages are available for purchase on-board, including cash bar. Cruises are covered, and will be held rain or shine. Boats depart from the Deerfield Dock, with access across the footbridge on Silber Way.

Departures begin at 11 am. Last cruise will depart at 3:55 pm.
Duration: 30 minutes

Departure times:
11:00 am | 11:15 am | 11:40 am | 11:55 am | 12:20 pm | 12:35 pm  | 1:00 pm | 1:15 pm | 1:40 pm | 1:55 pm | 2:20 pm | 2:35 pm | 3:00 pm | 3:15 pm | 3:40 pm | 3:55 pm

Tickets for Riverboat Cruises

Tickets are $10 per person and must be purchased in advance. Boats do sell out.

Purchase Riverboat Tickets

109th BU Night at the Pops

Boston Pops Orchestra performs under a large USA flag with star lighting on the walls

Saturday, May 18, 8 pm
Boston Symphony Hall
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston

Join classmates and their families at one of our oldest commencement traditions – BU Night at the Pops. 

The Boston Pops Orchestra performs the best music of the past and present, appealing to the widest possible audience with a broad spectrum of styles, from jazz to pop, indie rock to big band, film music to the great American songbook, and Broadway to classical, making it the perfect orchestra for people who don’t know they like orchestras!

– Keith Lockhart
Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra

Tickets for BU Night at the Pops

Individual ticket prices are $55 for table seats on the floor or $35 for balcony seating.  Please note that each floor table has 5 seats as set by Symphony Hall, but you are not required to complete tables.

Purchase Pops Tickets

Ticketing is handled by the BSO Box Office. To make any changes to your order, you must contact them directly. Please refer to your email ticket confirmation from BSO for more information.

Step on the Seal Photos

Once it’s Commencement weekend, it’s official: you can finally step on the seal! In congratulations to the Class of 2024, the Boston University Alumni Association will offer complimentary, professional photos to graduates and their families as they take their first steps on the seal! Times will announced in the spring.

Note the information on this page is subject to change and the page will be updated as plans are finalized.