Commencement Schedule of Events

Interview with 2020 Commencement Honorary Doctorate Recipient John Legend

As part of the 2020 commencement celebrations, on Friday, May 8, Maria Goldberg, senior director of Global Strategy and Innovation, hosted a virtual Creative Entrepreneur Conversation with honorary doctorate recipient and Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award winner John Legend. If yo missed the interview, you can watch it here

Berklee Virtual Commencement Concert

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For our virtual commencement celebration, held on Friday, May 8, we continued the tradition of a music, theater, and dance tribute to this year's honorary degree recipients: Mikhail Baryshnikov, André De Shields, Sheila E., John Legend, and Cassandra Wilson. From their remote locations around the world, students from Berklee's class of 2020 united as a collaborative virtual ensemble to record a multigenre tribute with accompanying split-screen-style videos. 

If you missed the live event, you can watch the recordings in this video playlist at any time.

Berklee College of Music Virtual Commencement Ceremony

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A virtual ceremony for the conferral of degrees was held on May 9, 2020 for college graduates. 

If you missed the live event, you can watch the recording at the same livestream link at any time.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee Virtual Commencement Ceremony

A virtual ceremony for the conferral of degrees was held on May 9, 2020 for Boston Conservatory graduates. View the program listing ceremony information and graduates' names.

If you missed the live event, the recording can be viewed at the same livestream link at any time.

For information about commencement events for Boston Conservatory at Berklee, visit bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/commencement.

Show Us Your Cap and Gown

Graduating students, have you added flair to your cap? Did you take some fun photos in your regalia? Send us a photo! We'll repost them on our social media through May 22. Use the hashtags #berkleeanywhere and #berkleegrad2020.

Senior Week: Leaving Your Mark

Graduating students, share with us your best Berklee memory. Send a short video (30 seconds or less) to our email at campuslife@berklee.edu, or DM us on Instagram or Facebook (Berklee Campus Life). Submit your video by May 1. Questions? Email jsantillie@berklee.edu.

Lavender Celebration

Berklee’s Lavender Celebration honors the achievements and contributions of graduates of the LGBTQ+ community. For questions about participating in this celebration, email diversityandinclusion@berklee.edu.

Jabulani Celebration

Berklee’s Jabulani Celebration honors the achievements and contributions of graduating students of African descent. For questions about participating in this celebration, email diversityandinclusion@berklee.edu.

Fall Ceremonies and Receptions

Berklee will host five in-person ceremonies and receptions on campus in the fall semester: one for each of the three College divisions, one for the Conservatory, and one for Berklee Online graduates. We will provide more information on this once we are able to return to campus and set a date. We recognize that not everyone will be able to return for these in-person events, so they will be livestreamed as well.


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