Celebrating the Class of 2020

The All University Commencement ceremony for the Class of 2020 (those who completed degrees September 2019, January 2020, May 2020, or September 2020) was held Sunday, October 3, at 1 pm, preceded by a Baccalaureate service at 11 am.

Watch the Class of 2020 Recognition Ceremony

Sargent College Virtual Commencement 2021

Sargent College Commencement Speaker: Julie Morita, MD, Executive Vice President of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

Watch the Sargent College Commencement.

Commencement Program


The university will mail diplomas to the student’s address on file. No diplomas will be available for in-person pick-up.

All University Commencement 2021

The University held two in-person commencement ceremonies – one for undergraduates and another for advanced degree recipients – for those with graduation dates of January 2021, May 2021, and September 2021, as determined by their school or college.

Visit the BU Commencement website to view the ceremonies.

What do I have to do to prepare for graduation?

All students must fill out the online Application for Graduation to certify that all degree requirements are met. The form must be submitted by December 1 of the last year of study to ensure that the student’s name is included in the May graduation list and commencement programs. For students graduating in January, the Application for Graduation should be completed by October 1. Doctoral students must check with their advisor as to their eligibility to participate, and it is recommended that the dissertation defense be scheduled by mid-April if the student is to receive their hood and diploma in the May ceremony.

All students (January, May, and September grads) are invited to participate in the May commencement ceremony if they have completed all coursework by that date. Commencement materials will be sent by email and postal mail so please be sure that BU has updated contact information. Check the Sargent College and Boston University websites for important details about the ceremonies, and stop by the Academic Services Center or call 617-353-2713 with any questions.

Graduation Honors

Sargent College follows the BU policy on Latin Honors for undergraduate students. For May 2021, the GPA range for cum laude is 3.59-3.73, the magnum cum laude GPA range is 3.74-3.88 and for summa cum laude, the GPA range is 3.89-4.0.