2017 Commencement Information

Important Deadlines

  • March 24, 2017 – Deadline to apply graduation for Spring 2017 graduation candidates. Students will still be able to apply for Spring 2017 graduation (to be awarded a degree or certificate) after March 24, but will not be eligible to participate in the Commencement ceremony. (Please note, this date has been extended from the original academic calendar date of February 28).
  • April 8, 2017 – Deadline to apply to participate in Commencement for Summer 2017 graduation candidates who have 7 credits or fewer to complete during the summer semester. Students will still be able to apply for summer graduation after April 8, but will not be eligible to participate in Commencement.

Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates earning a degree or certificate. It is sometimes referred to as “graduation” but the ceremony is NOT the same as being awarded a degree or certificate. To be awarded your degree or certificate, you will need to apply for graduation by submitting the graduation application in Student Self-Service. The Academic Records office will then review your coursework to ensure you have completed the program requirements and met the graduation requirements (for example, minimum GPA requirement).

Eligibility Requirements to Participate in Commencement

  • Fall 2016 graduates who have been awarded their degree or certificate
  • Spring 2017 students who will complete program requirements by the end of the spring semester and who have submitted a graduation application and received communication that they are eligible to graduate
  • Summer 2017 students who have 7 or fewer credits remaining to complete their degree requirements:
    • AND are registered for summer I and/or summer II in these remaining 7 credits*
    • AND have submitted a Summer Graduation Application**
    • AND have received communication from Academic Records that they are eligible to participate in Commencement
      • *Summer registration and summer graduation application will be available Wednesday April 5, 2017
      • **The deadline to submit a summer graduation application to walk in May Commencement is Saturday April 8, 2017.

Attention December 2016 and May 2017 Graduates
All students expecting to graduate and participate in the May 2017 Commencement must:

  • Go online to order a cap and gown. You will receive an email with ordering information.

If you have questions about graduating and the ceremony, please attend a Commencement information session:

  • Tuesday, February 28 at 1 p.m. in the BHCC gymnasium
  • Thursday, March 2 at 1 p.m. in the BHCC gymnasium
  • Wednesday, March 8 at 5 p.m. in Lecture Hall C202
  • Tuesday, March 21 at 1 p.m. in A300
  • Wednesday, March 22 at 5 p.m. in Lecture Hall C202

Commencement Practice

  • Thursday, May 4, 1-2 p.m. in the BHCC Gymnasium

Download the Commencement instructions handout..

Our Next Commencement

The Bunker Hill Community College Commencement Exercises will take place on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

No guest admittance without a ticket.
No re-admittance without presenting a ticket stub.
Tent opens at 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony starts at 11 a.m.
Seating options will be restricted for any guest arriving after the event begins.
Backpacks are not permitted. Other bags are subject to inspection.

Commencement Speaker

‌House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo will be the keynote speaker at Bunker Hill Community College’s 43rd Commencement exercises, which will take place on May 20, 2017, on the Charlestown Campus. Read the press release.

Cap and Gown

Check your BHCC email for instructions on how to order your cap and gown. The cap and gown deadline has been extended to April 14, 2017, 5 p.m.
You must be cleared for graduation to receive Cap and Gown reservation through you BHCC email. Your cap and gown will be mailed to the address you provide in your Commencement participation form.


Two guest tickets will be included with your cap and gown. All items will be mailed directly to you at the address you have provided on your Commencement participation form.

Special Accommodations

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.

Commencement Photos

If you would like a photo of you receiving your diploma, photos from the ceremony are available for purchase through Commencement Photos Inc.

Download the order form.