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Graduation 2024

BC High gradation banner

As our seniors’ time at BC High draws to a close, we are committed to celebrating them in a manner that both reflects all they have given our community over their time at their school and expresses our gratitude for their outstanding leadership.

We look forward to seeing you on May 16 and May 18 as we recognize all that our students have achieved.

– Principal Adam Lewis

Class of 2024 Mass and Graduation 

Graduation Mass: Thursday, May 16; Musical Prelude at 6:30 p.m., Mass at 7:00 p.m.

Cathedral of the Holy Cross
1400 Washington St.
Boston, MA

Guests strongly encouraged to arrive no earlier than 6:30 p.m.

Directions

Graduation Rehearsal: Friday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m.
McCoy Practice Field
Immediately followed by Senior Farewell Luncheon (sponsored by the BC High Alumni Advisory Council)

Graduation: Saturday, May 18 at 10:00 a.m. 
Boston College High School – McCoy Practice Field
150 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA

Update: Graduation will be on Saturday at 10:00, rain or shine. We still intend to hold the ceremony outside. If the forecast shifts dramatically we may go inside; we will announce any such change by late Friday.

Directions

 

Information for Guests

  • Graduation mass: There are no attendance limitations at the Cathedral. Students will sit with family members. There is parking on Albany Street
  • Graduation: Six (6) guests per student. Students will be seated in alphabetical order with their guests (overflow seating will be available in the back if extra family members / guests would like to attend). There will be NO physical tickets mailed to you.There is plenty of seating for extra guests, but only six additional seats with the graduating senior.
  • Parking will be available on site in designated areas. Please pay special attention to signage given the construction on campus. If you need special assistance for parking, please contact the main office and your name will be added to a list for a designated parking lot
  • Graduation will be available to watch through this webpage at the designated time.
  • Professional photographers will be taking photographs of the students receiving their diploma. More details will be emailed to parents/guardians before graduation.
  • Are you a Legacy dad or grandad? If so, we invite you to take a photo with your son/grandson in the Hunter-Fahey Commons at 9:15 a.m.

Information for Students

  • Tuxedo pick up: At the conclusion of graduation rehearsal on May 17.
  • On graduation day, students must arrive no later than 9:00 a.m. Please refer to details provided by Ms. MacDonald for specifics on lining up and arrival protocols.
  • All members of the Class of 2024 will receive a yard sign which will be personally delivered to their home.
  • As a reminder, any sort of tobacco products, including cigars, are not permitted to be used on our campus at any time.
graduation mass program

Graduation Mass

Graduation Mass will be held on May 16 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross; Musical Prelude is at 6:30 p.m., Mass at 7:00 p.m.

Parents / guardians, relatives, and friends may also attend Mass. Guests are encouraged to arrive no earlier than 6:30 p.m.

Cathedral of the Holy Cross
1400 Washington Street
Boston, MA

Directions

 

Senior Week

Click for the full listing of Senior Week activities.
Senior Week Activities

Graduation Week

Sunday, May 5:
Senior – Parent Event
2 – 5:00 p.m.
McCoy Practice Field
Sponsored by the BCHigh Parents’ Association
More details to come!

Thursday, May 16:

Graduation Mass – The Cathedral of the Holy Cross

6:30 p.m. – Musical Prelude

7:00 p.m. – Mass begins

Graduation Mass for the graduating class of 2024 will be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross located at 1400 Washington Street, Boston. There will be a musical prelude to the ceremony beginning at 6:30 p.m. All are encouraged to attend this beautiful experience that will bring together our parents, guardians, faculty and graduating students for their last mass.

Friday, May 17:

10:00 a.m. Graduation Rehearsal – McCoy Field
All seniors are required to come to school for a graduation rehearsal. We will meet on the turf practice fields (McCoy). Students will be given their tuxedos following the Alumni luncheon.

  • Reminder to wear your college/university swag for photos

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Senior Farewell Lunch – Cadigan Gym
Following graduation rehearsal all seniors are invited to attend a special lunch that is sponsored by BC High’s Alumni Advisory Council.

Saturday, May 19 at 10:00 a.m.:

Graduation (arrive no later than 9:00 a.m.)

  • Legacy Photo: If your father or grandfather attended BC High, we would like to get a photo of you. The legacy photo will be taken promptly at 9:15 a.m. Please arrive NO EARLIER than 9:00 a.m. to get your photo in the Commons.

Graduation 2024 Speaker

The Honorable Jane Swift

Former Massachusetts Governor Jane Swift is the President of Education at Work the premiere work-based learning non-profit serving higher education in the country. Swift has served in leadership roles in the public, private, political, and non-profit sectors for over three decades fueled by a passionate belief in the power of education to transform lives.

Education at Work (EAW) is a member of the Strada Education Foundation whose mission is to collaborate with learners, educators, employers, and policymakers across the U.S. to bring to life a postsecondary education
and training ecosystem that provides equitable pathways to opportunity. EAW is repairing the early career workforce training system for young adults through authentic work-based learning experiences delivered via industry-education partnerships. Students in EAW programs achieve financial stability, structured learning opportunities and attain skills to land a quality first post-graduate job.

Governor Swift began her career in public service as a Massachusetts State Senator at the age of 25, the youngest woman to ever serve in that role. As a member of the Education Reform Conference Committee in 1993 she worked to ensure that all students in Massachusetts public schools would have access to excellence in education, regardless of where they lived. As Lieutenant Governor and Governor from 1999-2003 she oversaw many of the most controversial implementation items in the Act and took pride in Massachusetts being named a national model by the United States Department of Education in 2003. For many years, Massachusetts’ approach resulted in its students scoring at the highest level in math and English on the National Assessment of Educational Progress tests, or “Our Nation’s Report Card.” In October 2023, Swift was honored to be appointed by Secretary Cardona to serve on the National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) as the National Governor Association’s Republican designee. NAGB oversees the NAEP tests and is widely recognized as the premiere federal education governing board for education excellence in K-12.

In 2022, after the death of her husband, Swift founded the non-profit Cobble Hill Farm Education & Rescue Center on their family farm. She is a sought-after speaker on issues of education, working mothers & women’s leadership, and more recently, the topic of gratitude, grief and loss. Swift earned national attention when she became the first Governor in United States History to give birth while serving in office, to twins. She continues to proudly claim the title of working mother even as her three daughters, Elizabeth, Lauren and Sarah, have graduated from college and are pursuing their careers with passion, integrity and confidence. She is an avid sports fan with unquestioned Boston loyalties.

Tomas Trejo graduation speech 2020

The Graduate at Graduation

As BC High students, you graduate with more than a diploma. The Class of 2023 has accomplished so much during its time on Morrissey Boulevard. You’ve forged lifelong friendships, explored your faith, committed to servicing others, and developed a thirst for knowledge that will fuel you through college and beyond.

We are proud of the young men you have become. You embody the tenets of the Graduate at Graduation.

The Grad at Grad

Frequently Asked Questions

We’ve included several of the most frequently asked questions that we receive each year. Should have have additional questions, please contact the Principals Office at [email protected].

  • Directions to BC High

    Boston College High School
    150 Morrissey Boulevard
    Boston, MA

    Directions

     

  • Graduation parking

    Given the construction on campus, we ask you to please pay special attention to the directional signage for parking.

    We will utilize most of the BC High parking lots for graduation. Overflow parking will be available in the Santander lot, accessible through BC High’s lot.

    Handicap parking is available in the Walsh Hall parking lot in a limited capacity. A handicap placard must be shown to park in this section.

  • How many graduation guests does each student get?

    Students are allowed to have six (6) guests each. Seniors will be seated alphabetically in pods of seven with their guests.

    There will be NO physical tickets mailed to each student.

     

  • Will professional photographs be available?

    PEI Photo will capture individual photos of each student receiving his diploma. Photographs will be available shortly after graduation.

    Additional information will be provided via email before and after graduation.

  • Restrooms

    Restrooms are available in the outdoor facilities at the corner of McCoy Field and in Murphy Family Stadium.

    Cadigan Hall may be used before and after the graduation ceremony.

  • Tickets

    There are no physical tickets to attend graduation.

     

  • Noisemakers, balloons, signs

    Please refrain from bringing any noisemakers, additional signage, or balloons for your students.

  • Livestream

    Graduation will be live-streamed through this webpage.

  • Medical Attention

    There will be a nurse on staff in case of emergency. The nurses station is not to be used as additional seating or for a water station. There are designated areas for water in the rear of the seating area.

  • How long is graduation?

    The graduation ceremony will be approximately one hour and 45 minutes.

  • Yearbooks for Seniors

    Stay tuned for details.