Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the questions that we anticipate Berklee College of Music students and families may have related to the May 2020 commencement celebration and ceremony.
Yes. The commencement events will be streamed live online. View all event details here.
Watch the virtual commencement concert on Friday, May 8 at 7:30 p.m. EDT.
Watch the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9 at 10:00 a.m. EDT.
Available in May: view and download the celebration and ceremony programs.
Eligible students received an email to their Berklee email address with instructions for how to apply. Students who applied to participate in the concert will be considered for the celebration. If you are graduating this year and did not receive such an email, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone is invited to participate in our virtual celebration. There are no tickets or invitations required to participate.
Caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels (all provided at no charge to graduates, and yours to keep) are being shipped from our vendor directly to students. They were mailed to the address you submitted for diploma delivery, unless you shared a different address with us. The last shipment was mailed out on April 24, and we hope that delivery services throughout the world will deliver them to you in a timely fashion. Caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels will not be available at the Berklee Bookstore. A letter will be included in the package you receive inviting you to post photos of yourself using the hashtags #berkleeanywhere and #berkleegrad2020.
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 the Requirements for Graduation and Applying to Graduate pages for more information.
Yes. Please notify email@example.com with a message from your Berklee email.
We anticipate that the ceremony will last for approximately two and a half hours.
This year's commencement honorary degree recipients are Sheila E., Cassandra Wilson, and John Legend. You can view the press release here.
To be considered, you must be eligible to participate in the May 2020 Berklee College of Music commencement ceremony. Commencement eligibility requirements are on page 28 of the Policy Handbook for Students.
To apply, complete the 2020 Commencement Student Speaker Contest form (login required) by 11:59 p.m. EST on March 20, 2020. You must attach a copy of your speech to the form. Your speech must not exceed five minutes in length.
If you are a finalist:
- you will be notified by March 27; and
- you will read your speech in person on Wednesday, April 8, at 1:00 p.m. in the Loft, 939 Boylston Street (room 221). If you will not be in the Boston area on April 8, you will participate via web conferencing.
The student commencement speaker will be announced on April 9.
Personalized graduation announcements that can be sent to family and friends can be ordered online at Balfour.com.
When circumstances allow, Berklee College of Music intends to host three in-person ceremonies and receptions on campus in the fall semester: one for each of the three college divisions. 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.