What is Commencement?
Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion or anticipated completion of degree requirements. Graduation is the actual completion of all degree requirements and is recorded on the official transcript. Participation in the commencement ceremony does not imply that you have officially graduated.
Commencement is Thursday, May 23, 2019
Commencement is held in the commencement tent on the Charlestown Campus
Commencement begins promptly at 11:00 AM
Commencement is approximately two hours long.
On the day of Commencement, students are expected to arrive at 9:30 am and report, with caps and gowns, to the main lobby of the Health and Wellness Center Gymnasium.
Guests should arrive at 9:30 am in order to get seats for commencement. Late arrivals are not guaranteed seating.
Students, who successfully complete program requirements by graduation date and who have submitted a graduation application, received communication from Academic Records that they are eligible to graduate.
Students, who successfully complete program requirements by commencement date and who have submitted a graduation application, received communication from Academic Records that they are eligible to participate.
Students who have 7 credits or fewer to complete in the summer must register for summer classes and submit the summer graduation application by the end of the day Saturday April 8, if they want to walk in Commencement. The Academic Records Office will review the student’s record and send a communication to the student’s BHCC email when the review is complete.
When students submit the graduation application they have to indicate whether or not they want to pick up their diploma from BHCC.
If students answer yes, then an email will be sent to students’ BHCC email address when the final review of their account is completed. The email will include the dates when the diploma will be available to pick up.
If students answer no, then the diploma will be mailed to the address that was included on the graduation application. An email will be sent to students’ BHCC email address when the final review of their account is completed. The email will include the date when the diploma will be mailed. *As long as your graduation application remains active, you can change the address listed. If you have questions about changing the address where your diploma will be mailed, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, guests will need a ticket to enter and exit the Commencement tent. Due to growing numbers in our graduating classes, students will each receive two (2) tickets for guests.
No, graduating students will not require a ticket
The best way is to reach out to your fellow graduates who may not be attending Commencement and get extras from them.
Yes. Parking is limited on campus so please ask your guests to carpool, use the T.
Bunker Hill Community College graduates in need of disability-related accommodations should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at 617-228-2327 or visit the Office in Room E222. Ticketed Guests in need of special accommodation should contact the Events office at 617-228-2328.
Once you are cleared to participate in Commencement, you will receive an email to order your regalia (cap and gown). BHCC will cover the cost of the regalia. This is our Commencement gift to you.
The last day to order caps and gowns is on May 3, 2019 by 5 p.m. You must be cleared for graduation to receive Cap and Gown reservation through your BHCC email.
Your cap and gown will be available at the BHCC bookstore for pickup.
BHCC does use an outside photograph company for Commencement. Envelopes with information on how to order commencement photos will be given out at the Commencement information sessions. After the ceremony, you can view photos online at www.cpigrads.com. BHCC's online code is 26780.