Graduation

Only students who graduated or plan to graduate in January 2022, May 2022, or August 2022 are eligible to attend SHA’s May 2022 graduate convocation ceremony. Students who plan to graduate in January 2023 or May 2023 will be invited to the May 2023 ceremony.

Livestream

The School of Hospitality Administration Commencement Ceremony will have a livestream available on this page on the day of the event. Students should direct friends and family to this page to view the livestream.


Class of 2022 SHA Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 21, 2022, 10:00 AM ET
George Sherman Union, Metcalf Hall
775 Commonwealth Avenue

We hope you will join us for SHA Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony. This event is open to any student graduating in January, May, or August 2022. If you are planning to attend, please register below. All graduating students attending the ceremony must arrive by 8:30 AM. The ceremony will be approximately two hours with a reception following for an hour. Students must stay for the entire duration of the ceremony.

For SHA’s 40th anniversary, graduates and guests can look forward to a special commencement celebration!

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All-University Commencement

Sunday, May 22, 2022, 1 PM ET
Nickerson Field 

We hope you will join us for this energizing celebration as some 20,000 guests come together to honor this year’s graduates and celebrate their future endeavors to pave the way, make their mark, and improve our world. Graduates from September 2021, January 2022, May 2022, and August 2022 are welcome to join the All-University Commencement Exercises on May 22, 2022, the school/college convocations, and all other weekend celebratory events. At this time, there are no tickets or guest limits for the ceremony. This may change due to health & safety protocols so please check this website periodically for updates.

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Commencement Speakers

Guest Speaker: Alison Birdwell, President, Sports & Entertainment, Aramark

Graduate Speaker: Gabrielle Marback-Pehler

Undergraduate Speaker: Kawas Aga


Regalia Update (Cap, Gown, & Hood)

Though you are still welcome to attend the ceremony, you will not be able to walk on stage without regalia! If you earned Latin Honors, remember to bring your cords as well.

If you do not receive your regalia home ship order by the day before your school/college convocation, visit the bookstore for emergency assistance. Questions about regalia can be directed to Barnes & Noble at BU, 617-267-8484.


Family & Friends

There is no limit on the number of guests and they do not need tickets.

Guests should begin arriving at 9:00 AM for the ceremony. Inform your family and guests to immediately take their seats in Metcalf Hall upon arrival at the George Sherman Union. The commencement will begin at 10:00 AM.


Photography

Guests must remain seated when taking photos. Guests are not allowed to take photos in the aisle or at the platform. Photos will be taken when graduates are on stage by professional photographers. Information regarding stage photos can be found here.

SHA will also share additional photos in two weeks’ time after commencement.


Parking & Transportation

University lots will be open and free for graduates and guests. There will also be a campus shuttle service and public transportation. Public transportation is highly recommended. More information about parking and transportation can be found here.


Bags & Belongings

There will not be a space to leave bags and other items during the ceremony. Please limit the valuables you bring to the ceremony or give them to your guests before 9:00 AM. Avoid bringing large purses, bags, or backpacks with you to the ceremony.


Diplomas

  • All diplomas, including May graduates’ diplomas, will be mailed. Please see the University Registrar’s mailing schedule.
  • During the Presentation of Certificates, you will be handed a folder with a congratulatory letter in it.

Health & Safety + Updated Mask Information

Update 5/13/2022: Due to an increase in cases in the Boston area, and consistent with CDC and the Boston Public Health Commission, Boston University is strongly recommending the use of masks during convocations and commencements, specifically those held indoors. We will provide medical-grade masks for anyone in need at these events. Please note that masks are required on all BU shuttles.

Proof of vaccination will not be required for guests, although guests are encouraged to get vaccinated, with booster, as they are eligible.


Accessibility Accommodations

Should you or any member of your party have particular accessibility issues which require accommodations (i.e., accessible parking, seating, and individual services), you can find more information here.

Additional Information

If you have additional questions, please email Lauren McCabe at lmccabe3@bu.edu.