Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the questions that are frequently asked by students and parents as Commencement Weekend approaches.
All students who submitted an online Application for Graduation form and were approved to participate in the May 2017 commencement ceremony will be guaranteed a maximum set of six tickets for the commencement concert (Friday, May 12) and five invitations for the commencement ceremony (Saturday, May 13).
Both invitations and tickets will be available for pick up from Monday, March 6 through Friday, March 10 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at the Office of the Registrar, 921 Boylston Street, Suite 120 (first floor of the Uchida Building). 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 starting on Monday, March 27.
No, but you will need a ticket to attend the concert.
You will be allowed to send someone else to pick up your invitations and tickets by March 27. Please see Invitations and Tickets for specific instructions.
You can pick up your caps, gowns, and tassels (all provided at no charge to graduates) at the Berklee Bookstore at 1090 Boylston Street from Monday, May 1 through Friday, May 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Be sure to bring your Berklee ID or another form of photo identification. Note: 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 2016, appear on track to finish in May 2017, or who have no more than nine remaining credits after the spring semester to graduate, will be eligible and approved to participate in the May 2017 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 13, 2017, 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 specified call time (the time you need to arrive at Agganis Arena) dressed in their cap and gown. Call time and other important information will be distributed at Cap and Gown pickup. 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 2½ hours.
The commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients for 2017 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 "dress casual.” And remember, caps and gowns 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 Christina Quarles, Conference Services and Events, at 617-747-2232 by May 8. 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 ALD, 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 617-747-2232.
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 a photo package to each graduate. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Graduation announcements that can be sent to family and friends can be ordered from the Berklee Bookstore starting in February. For more information about graduation announcements, please visit the Berklee Bookstore website at berklee.bncollege.com.
Graduates, their family, and friends are invited to attend the commencement concert on Friday, May 12 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 in terms of the arrival and departure of guests. Activities begin on Friday and continue through Saturday afternoon.
Yes, several area hotels are offering special rates. For a list of these hotels, as well as other lodging options, go to Lodging/Dining Guide. Please note: you must mention Berklee College of Music Commencement 2017 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 email@example.com. For questions regarding special accommodations on the basis of disability, please contact Conference Services and Events at 617-747-2232.