Boston College High School held its 153rd Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 21. Families and friends gathered with faculty, staff, trustees, and members of the class of 1967 to celebrate the class of 2017 in the McNeice Pavilion.
Arrival: Guests should arrive early, as traffic will be heavy leading up to the ceremony. Doors will open at 10 a.m. There will be undergraduate students and staff members supervising the parking lot and directing traffic.
It is recommended that guests dress lightly on graduation day, as it tends to be warm in McNeice Pavilion.
Photos: Families are allowed to take photos of their graduate receiving his diploma from the center aisle only. Photo-takers should make their way to the center aisle only after their son is standing in line getting ready to go up onstage. Please be respectful of all guests attending the ceremony.
After the Ceremony: Graduates and families will gather on the McElroy front lawn for photos.
Water: Water stations will be located in the Cadigan Atrium behind McNeice Pavilion. Bottles of water will only be available for emergencies.
Balloons: Balloons are strictly prohibited from the graduation ceremony and school property due to allergy issues of students and guests.
April 15, 2013 forever changed the lives of our entire community, none more than the hundreds injured in the Marathon Bombings. Patrick Downes '01 and his wife Jessica Kensky were among the 17 people that lost limbs that day. Patrick's story is one of courage, humility and perseverance; and is one of the many reasons he was chosen to address the students, parents and families as the 153rd commencement speaker.