Commencement Activities

May 18–19, 2017

Commencement 2014, Old South Church

Commencement 2014, © Liz Linder Photography

Schedule of Events

Commencement Eve Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Boston Architectural College, 320 Newbury Street, Boston
6–8:30 pm
6 pm - Reception
7 pm - Presentation of awards begins
Commencement activities will begin with a special awards ceremony to recognize student achievements. This event will begin with refreshments in the BAC's McCormick Gallery and is an opportunity to view the impressive thesis and degree project work of our graduates.  Separate award ceremonies for undergraduate & graduate students will then be held in the Beehive (951 Boylston Street) & Cascieri Hall (320 Newbury Street). All are welcome to participate. Please be aware seating is limited and is available on a first come, first serve basis.

Commencement Brunch

Friday, May 19, 2017
Cascieri Hall, 320 Newbury Street
10 am–12 pm
Congratulations to the class of 2017! You are invited to join fellow graduates, alumni, faculty, family, and friends in celebration of your accomplishments at brunch in Cascieri Hall before the Commencement ceremony. Please RSVP to with the number of guests in your group.

BAC Commencement Ceremony
Friday, May 19, 2017
Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston
11 am - All graduates are required to arrive at the BAC
1 pm - Commencement Ceremony begins
The BAC Commencement 2017 ceremony will be held at Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street, Boston. All graduates are required to arrive to the BAC prior to the ceremony to dress in their regalia, be a part of the 2017 graduate photo, and line up to parade down Newbury Street to Old South Church. The church doors will be opened for graduates' invited guests, who have their tickets, to enter and be seated in the main sanctuary. All other guests without tickets will be seated in Gordon Chapel where there will be a live-streamed video for folks to view. The ceremony will begin to honor the achievements of all BAC graduates, we encourage our January 2017 graduates to return in May 2017 and participate in the commencement ceremony.
Seating for the ceremony is limited and RSVPs from graduates are required.

Important Information for Graduates

Orders required
Friday, May 19, 2017 - Regalia robing in Cascieri Hall

Graduates will be emailed information on how to place their order for regalia and ticket requests during the Spring semester. Please be reminded tickets are limited (on average two invites per graduate). Orders for regalia and tickets are required to be placed by April 2017.

You will receive information regarding picking up your regalia prior to Commencement.

BAC Commencement Diploma Pickup
Friday, May 19, 2017
Boston Architectural College
Immediately following the commencement ceremony, please return to Cascieri Hall at 320 Newbury Street to pick up your diploma.

BAC Class Ring
Honor your hard work with the BAC ring. Available in various styles and finishes, the design of the BAC ring incorporates the Cascieri beehive. The beehive is a symbol of the BAC's mission, designed with Dean Cascieri's ideal of community and work toward the common good.

Order your class ring

For questions and additional information, please contact Assistant Director of Special Events and Alumni Relations Catalina Rojo Ianetta at or at 617.585.0146.

Weekend Planning

Parking and Transportation
Trolley service will be available on Friday, May 19 to transport guests between Old South Church and the BAC. Metered parking is available on Newbury Street and surrounding streets. Garage parking may also be available at:

  • Pilgrim Parking, 50 Dalton Street
  • Prudential Center Garage, 800 Boylston Street

There are various hotels located nearby the BAC and Old South Church in the Back Bay neighborhood. It is recommended that accommodations be reserved as soon as possible. A listing of local hotels can be found here.

Dinner Reservations
There are numerous restaurants located in the Back Bay neighborhood. If you are interested in having dinner after the commencement ceremony, it is recommended that you make reservations in advance. A listing of local restaurants can be found here. You can also book with Boston's Open Table here.

The Boston Architectural College is looking forward to congratulating graduates at our 2017 commencement celebration. For more information on BAC Commencement 2017, please contact