Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the questions that are frequently asked by students and families as commencement weekend approaches.
Yes. The commencement events will be streamed live online. A link will be provided closer to the date.
- Watch the commencement concert live online on Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m.
- Watch the commencement ceremony live online on Saturday, May 9 at 9:45 a.m.
View/download the concert program.
All students who submitted an online Application for Graduation form and were approved to participate in the May 2020 commencement ceremony will be guaranteed five tickets for the commencement concert (Friday, May 8) and five invitations for the commencement ceremony (Saturday, May 9).
Both invitations and tickets will be available for pick up from Monday, March 9 through Friday, March 13 from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. at 921 Boylston Street, room 500. 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 Vice President of Student Affairs, Diversity, and Inclusion (login required), 921 Boylston Street, room 500 (fifth floor), starting on Monday, March 23. You can pick up a maximum of two additional invitations/tickets each day until all invitations/tickets are gone.
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. Please see Invitations and Tickets for specific instructions.
You can pick up your cap, gown, hood, and tassel (all provided at no charge to graduates, and yours to keep after the ceremony) at the Berklee Bookstore at 1090 Boylston Street from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1. 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.
Berklee College of Music's commencement ceremony will be held May 9, 2020, and will celebrate students who are graduating during the fall 2019, spring 2020, and summer 2020 semesters. Students planning to complete all requirements and graduate in the summer 2020 semester must have 16 or fewer course credits remaining (13 credits for diploma students) by the spring 2020 add/drop deadline, and no course sequences that would require future enrollment beyond the summer 2020 semester. See Requirements for Graduation and Applying to Graduate for more information.
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The commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 9, 2020, in the Agganis Arena at Boston University. Guests will be admitted at 9:00 a.m., and the ceremony will begin at 9:45 a.m. Graduating seniors should arrive at their appointed call time (the assigned time to arrive at the 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.
This year's commencement speaker and honorary degree recipient(s) will be announced in April 2020.
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.
There are no official events or activities planned following the ceremony.
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 4. Guests are encouraged to provide as much advance notice as possible prior to the start of an event to 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 4.
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 8 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 2020 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 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. For questions about graduation requirements, diplomas, how honors are determined, or transcripts, contact email@example.com.