Boston College High School will hold its 156th Commencement on Sunday, June 28, 2020. Families and friends will virtually gather with faculty, staff, trustees to celebrate the class of 2020.

Informations for Families

List of 10 items.

  • Graduation Mass Information

    Date: Thursday, May 16, 2019
    Time: 7 p.m. (There will be a musical prelude at 6:30 p.m.)
    Location: Cathedral of the Holy Cross, 1400 Washington St, Boston, MA (or 75 Union Park on Google)
    Parking: There will be a reserved parking lot for our use at Jacobson Floral Supply at 500 Albany Street. Our staff will be there to assist you. The lot is a short walk to the Cathedral. There will also be handicap drop-off at the Cathedral entrance near the corner of Washington Street and Union Park. There will be a police detail and BC High students outside the church to help direct you.

  • Commencement Information

    Date: Sunday, May 19, 2019
    Time: 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Location: McNeice Pavilion at BC High
  • Tickets

    Each student is afforded eight tickets. Two tickets (maroon) will be in the reserved sections towards the front and six tickets (gold) will be for the general seating areas.

    Tickets can be picked up in the school office.

    Should a student need additional tickets, he can give his name and the number of tickets needed to Mrs. Ellen Collins in the main office. If extra tickets become available, she will contact him.
  • Watch Commencement LIVE Online

    A live webcast of the commencement ceremony will be available here starting at 1 p.m. EST.
  • Information for Graduates

    Arrival: All graduates need to be on campus and dressed in their tuxedos by 12 noon on Sunday, May 19.

    Where: Students will gather in their assigned classroom in Cushing or McQuillan Hall.

    Legacy Photo: There will be a photo with all graduates and their alumni relatives at 12 p.m. on the steps in the Hunter-Fahey Commons. 

    Photos: After the ceremony, graduates and guests will gather on the McElroy front lawn for photos.
  • Information for Guests

    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.  

    Balloons: Balloons are strictly prohibited from the graduation ceremony and school property due to allergy issues of students and guests.
  • Getting to BC High

    150 Morrissey Blvd
    Dorchester, MA 02125

    Exit 15 from I-93 S
    Exit 14 from I-93 N
  • Seating Accommodations/Handicap Accessibility

    If you have any seating accommodation needs for family members with disabilities, please contact the Main office at 617-436-3900 so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

    Although we have handicap accessible seating, we do not provide wheelchairs. 
  • Balloons on Campus

    Balloons are strictly prohibited from graduation and school property due to allergy issues of students.
  • BC High Bookstore Hours

    The BC High Bookstore will be open from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday before the graduation ceremony begins.

153rd Commencement Video

News & Media Inquiries

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Commencement News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Stephen Hughes '73 Named Commencement Speaker for the Class of 2019 Graduation Ceremony

    Boston College High School has announced its 155th Commencement Speaker as Principal Stephen Hughes ’73, P’98, who led and helped transform the school over his nearly 20-year tenure as principal from 2002-2019. Hughes, retiring as principal this year, will lead the commencement exercises for the last time and address the Class of 2019 on Sunday, May 19.
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  • Michael White '70: Commencement 2018 Speaker

    Boston College High School (BCHigh) was honored to have Mike White, former Chairman and CEO of DIRECTV as this year’s commencement speaker. White, a 1970 alumnus of BCHigh, addressed the graduating class of 2018, as well as their families, friends, faculty, staff, trustees and members of the class of 1968 who are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. Commencement took place in the McNeice Pavilion on Sunday, May 20th at 1 p.m.
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  • Pat Downes '01, Athletic Director Jon Bartlett '87 and Jessica Kensky attending Hall of Fame

    Marathon Bombing Survivor: Commencement 2017 Speaker

    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.
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Past Speakers

2019: Steve Hughes '73
Michael White '70
Patrick Downes '01
 General Joseph F. Dunford '73
2015: John McQuillan, Jr. '83
2014: John V. Murphy '67
Jerry York '63
Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap.
2011: Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Boston Mayor
2010: General George Casey '66
2009: Mark Mulvoy '59
2008: Edmond D. Villani, Ph.D. '64
2007: Walter Robinson '63
2006: Kenneth Hackett '64
2005: Paul V. Guilfoyle '67
2004: General Thomas Hoar ’52 
2003: Dennis Lehane '83