Graduation

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation! We hope that you, your family, and friends will enjoy the many events planned by the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development and Boston University to celebrate your accomplishments. This page will be updated throughout the Spring semester to include key information about BU Wheelock’s Friday and Saturday Convocation ceremonies.

For Convocation timings for other BU schools and colleges and more information regarding the Sunday All-University Commencement, check bu.edu/commencement.

While degrees are conferred in September, January, and May annually, Boston University has Commencement and Convocation ceremonies in May only. All alumni from these graduating cohorts are welcome to participate in these May events. Please see the relevant information below for details.

Doctoral students must have completed coursework and submitted an approved dissertation to Mugar Library no later than the first Friday in May in order to be eligible to participate in graduation. More information regarding the dissertation submission can be obtained here: library.bu.edu/theses.

Note: We understand that not all family and friends will be able to travel to Boston to celebrate Convocation. BU Wheelock will be streaming the convocation ceremonies live on Friday and Saturday. We will provide a direct link to the live stream via this page.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to graduate?

Students are eligible to graduate if they’ve:

  • Completed all degree requirements (including course and credit requirements). For the majority of students, you can consult your DegreeAdvice Report through the StudentLink to verify this. For students in programs that do not have this feature, please consult with your academic advisor.
  • Settled all outstanding financial obligations to the university. Students who have not settled their student account will not receive their diploma until the bill has been paid in full. Please contact Student Accounts at 617-353-2264 to resolve any issues or visit the Student Accounting Services. You can also check your student account on Student Link.
  • Submitted a . See below for more details. Please note: Students must indicate in their graduation applications whether or not they plan to attend the May Convocation ceremony. Should your plans change after the application has been submitted, please email wherec@bu.edu.

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When is the deadline to apply for graduation?

Please see the graduation application information, located here.

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What happens after I submit a graduation application?

Once your application has been received, the Office of Student Records will work with your Academic Advisor to certify that you’ve met all program requirements for your degree. This review can only begin in earnest once all final grades have been received, including resolving any outstanding Incomplete grades or receiving an official transcript for any outstanding transfer credit courses. The Student Records Office reaches out to students only when further action is required by students to resolve an outstanding issue. While students may hear from multiple university offices regarding May Commencement throughout the year, BU Wheelock typically begins communication around the May Commencement ceremonies in January or February of each calendar year.

If you would like to check on the status of your graduation application, please contact the Student Records Office at wherec@bu.edu.

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Can I get more information about the ceremony? Which ceremony should I attend?

BU Wheelock will have two ceremonies this year: the undergraduate ceremony will be on Friday, May 15th at 1pm in the Metcalf Hall at the George Sherman Union located at 775 Commonwealth Avenue, and the graduate and doctoral ceremony will occur on Saturday, May 16th at 3PM in the Walter Brown Arena located at 285 Babcock Street on the Charles River Campus. Each event will last approximately two hours.

More information about the All-University Commencement on Sunday as well as information about ordering regalia (caps and robe), photos, and requesting disability services can be found on BU’s Commencement Website.

If you are graduating with an undergraduate or bachelor degree, please attend the Friday ceremony if you would like to walk across the stage and receive your diploma in front of family, friends, faculty, and fellow graduates. You are also welcome to attend the Sunday all-University Commencement if you want to celebrate your accomplishments with the entire BU community and if you want to hear the Commencement speaker (students DO NOT walk across the stage nor do they receive diplomas at the All-University Commencement).

If you are graduating with a graduate, CAGS, or doctoral degree, please attend the Saturday ceremony if you would like to walk across the stage and receive your diploma in front of family, friends, faculty, and fellow graduates. Doctoral candidates will be hooded at this ceremony as well. You are also welcome to attend the Sunday all-University Commencement if you want to celebrate your accomplishments with the entire BU community and if you want to hear the Commencement speaker (students DO NOT walk across the stage nor do they receive diplomas at the All-University Commencement).

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Do I need tickets / How many people can come?

BU Wheelock’s Convocations will not be ticketed events.

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I’m not graduating in May. Can I still participate in BU Wheelock’s Convocation? Even if I need to take courses in Summer 2020?

For this May 2020 convocation, the following students are eligible to participate: September 2019 alumni; January 2020 alumni; May 2020 graduates; and anticipated September 2020 graduates. In order for those students who will be completing the last of their degree requirements during Summer 2020, you simply need to fill out a Graduation Application indicating both your intent to graduate in September and your preference to participate in the May 2020 ceremony. This should be filled out by the posted deadline to give graduation coordinators enough time to plan for your participation.

Please note that September 2019 alumni, January 2020 alumni, and anticipated September 2020 graduates will not receive their diplomas at the May 2020 ceremony. For further information, please contact the Office of the University Registrar.

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Who receives diplomas at the May 2020 ceremonies?

For students who complete their requirements in the Spring semester and participate in the May Commencement ceremony, diplomas will be distributed at the Wheelock College Commencement event for your degree. Please note that the university only permits diplomas to be released to students who have completely settled any outstanding financial obligation or Federal Loan Exit Counseling requirement that you may have.

Students who complete their requirements in the Fall or Summer Terms will have their diplomas mailed to the address they indicate on the StudentLink. To indicate a diploma mailing address, go to the orange “Academics” tab, select “Diploma And Graduation Information” and update this mailing address. September and January graduates will not receive their diplomas at the May Commencement ceremony. Importantly, all students walk across the stage to receive the same red diploma envelope so there is no visual distinction between who is receiving their diploma on the day of the event.

September and January graduates can also elect to physically pick-up their diplomas on their respective conferral dates. Both January and September graduates have their degrees conferred on the 25th of the month. For more information on how you can elect to pick-up your diploma, please visit the University Registrar’s website.

For more information on the diploma mailing schedule, please visit the University Registrar’s website.

Students do not receive diplomas nor walk across the stage during the All-University Commencement on Sunday.

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When do students need to arrive and where do they go?

Students who have submitted graduation applications and indicated they plan to participate in the May Convocations will receive detailed instructions as the events approach. Please anticipate needing to be present at the venue at least one hour prior to the stated Convocation start time.

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Where do I order my cap and gown?

Cap and Gown ordering is done through the BU Commencement website.

When you pick up your regalia, please open and check to make sure you received the correct hood (Graduate students only), tassel color (light blue), and cap. If you are missing pieces, contact the BU Bookstore ASAP.

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What if I still haven’t settled my bill by graduation?

Students who have not settled their student account will not receive their diploma until the bill has been paid in full. Please contact Student Accounts at 617-353-2264 to resolve any issues or visit the Student Accounting Services website. You can also check your student account on Student Link.

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Who do I contact if I, or a member of my party, will require accommodations, accessibility assistance, or transcription or ASL interpreter services to participate?

More information about disability services and accommodations that can be provided is located on BU’s Commencement website here.

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Is there nearby parking?

More information about parking can be found on BU’s Commencement website . Generally, we recommend public transportation.

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What do I do if I’m a Latin Honors recipient? Do graduate students qualify for Latin Honors?

All recipients of Latin Honors will be contacted by the Student Records Office in late spring to pick up the cords you can wear. More information about how this distinction is calculated can be found on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Graduate and doctoral students do not qualify for Latin Honors.

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Is there a Class Gift?

Each year, members of BU’s graduating class band together to support future BU students and to give thanks for the many opportunities their BU education has provided for them. More information about the Class Gift Program can be found on the Campaign for Boston University website .

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What do I do if I am seeking licensure?

If you plan to seek licensure, please reach out to the Office of Professional Preparation (OPP) for more information. You can also contact the Licensure Officer directly at edlic@bu.edu.

Please note that candidates seeking licensure in Massachusetts cannot be endorsed by Boston University prior to their graduation date. OPP will submit your endorsement to the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education within two weeks after your graduation date. If you need a letter of verification to secure employment or have a question about this process, please reach out to the Office of Professional Preparation at edlic@bu.edu.

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All Graduation inquiries should be directed to the Student Records office located in Room 115, 2 Silber Way. Alternatively, we can be contacted by phone 617-353-4235, or by emailing wherec@bu.edu.