Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the questions that are frequently asked by students and families as Commencement Weekend approaches.
All students who submitted an online Application for Graduation form and were approved to participate in the May 2019 commencement ceremony will be guaranteed a maximum set of five tickets for the commencement concert (Friday, May 10) and five invitations for the commencement ceremony (Saturday, May 11).
Both invitations and tickets will be available for pick up from Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 15 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at 921 Boylston Street, room 217. Be sure to bring your Berklee ID or another form of photo identification, such as a passport or driver’s license, with you.
Students who anticipate high family attendance are encouraged to speak with their fellow students as many will not be using all of their invitations and/or tickets. Any unclaimed invitations/tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at the Office of the Registrar, 939 Boylston Street, second floor (enter through 921 Boylston Street, third floor), starting on Monday, March 25.
No, but you will need a ticket to attend the concert.
You will be allowed to send someone else to pick up your invitation and tickets by March 8. Please see Invitations and Tickets for specific instructions.
You can pick up your caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels (all provided at no charge to graduates) at the Berklee Bookstore at 1090 Boylston Street from Monday, April 29 through Friday, May 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your Berklee ID or another form of photo identification. This is the only opportunity to pick up caps and gowns. They will not be available at the Agganis Arena. Please see Caps and Gowns for more information.
Only students who completed their degree requirements in August or December 2018, appear on track to finish in May 2019, or who will have 16 or fewer remaining credits to complete in the summer 2019 semester to graduate, will be eligible and approved to participate in the May 2019 ceremony. See Requirements for Graduation and Applying to Graduate for more information.
Yes. Please notify the graduation specialist at email@example.com.
The commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2019, in the Agganis Arena at Boston University. Guests will be admitted at 9:00 a.m., and the ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. Graduating seniors should arrive at their appointed call time (assigned time to arrive at Agganis Arena on commencement day) dressed in their cap and gown. Call time and other important information will be distributed at cap-and-gown pick-up. Please see Caps and Gowns for more information.
No, there will not be a rehearsal the day of commencement, but seniors are required to arrive at the Agganis Arena at their appointed call time.
Your guests will need to bring their invitations with them in order to be admitted to the ceremony. Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Seats are not assigned; floor and stadium seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The ceremony lasts approximately two-and-a-half hours.
The commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients for 2019 have not yet been announced. Please check back closer to the event.
You’ll be wearing your robe during the ceremony, which can get a bit warm, so sweaters or jackets might become uncomfortable. Caps should be worn straight and parallel to the ground. Bobby pins can be used to hold caps in place. Wear comfortable shoes that you can stand in for long periods of time. Most guests aim for casual dress. And remember, gowns and hoods must be returned after the ceremony—so plan on wearing something underneath your robe appropriate for the photos your family and friends will want to take to commemorate your important day.
An informal reception will be held directly after the ceremony (around 12:30 p.m.) All graduates, faculty, and guests are invited to attend. Please follow the posted signs to find the reception room.
Graduates or their guests planning to attend any of the commencement events who may need special accommodations on the basis of disability should contact Donna Rose Desilus, Conference Services and Events, at 617-747-6168 or firstname.lastname@example.org by May 6. Guests are encouraged to provide as much advance notice as possible prior to the start of an event to help ensure that their request for special assistance may be met. A listing of services available at the Agganis Arena at Boston University can be found under Accessibility Services.
Yes, assisted listening devices (ALD) will be available free of charge. In addition to ALDs, transcribed text from the ceremony will be projected onto the video screens in the arena. See Accessibility Services for more information, or contact Conference Services and Events at 617-747-6168 by May 6.
Yes, Commencement Photos, Inc. will be taking pictures of each student during the commencement ceremony and will send a photo proof and information about purchasing to each graduate after the ceremony. If you don’t receive a sample within a few weeks of the ceremony or have any questions, contact customer service at 978-851-5924 or email them at email@example.com.
Personalized graduation announcements that can be sent to family and friends can be ordered online at Balfour.com.
Graduates, their family, and friends are invited to attend the commencement concert on Friday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Agganis Arena at Boston University. A highlight of the weekend's festivities, this is a student concert held in tribute to our honorary degree recipients. Tickets are required for entrance.
There is no required time for the arrival and departure of guests. Activities begin on Friday and continue through Saturday afternoon.
Berklee College of Music partners with several hotels on our campus to provide our guests with discount rates. For a list of these hotels as well as other lodging options, go to the Lodging/Dining Guide. Please note: You must mention Berklee College of Music Commencement 2019 when making a reservation to receive these reduced rates. Special rates depend on availability at each hotel and do not include tax or parking.
For general questions about commencement weekend, please email the graduation specialist at firstname.lastname@example.org. For questions regarding special accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact Donna Rose Desilus, Conference Services and Events, at 617-747-6168.