Boston College High School will hold its 154th Commencement exercises on Sunday, May 20, 2018. Families and friends will gather with faculty, staff, trustees, and members of the class of 1968 to celebrate the class of 2018 in the McNeice Pavilion. 

Informations for Families

List of 10 items.

  • Graduation Mass Information

    Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: McNeice Pavilion at BC High

    There will be a musical prelude at 6:30 p.m.
  • Commencement Information

    Date: Sunday, May 20, 2018
    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 during the week of April 10.

    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 20.

    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 12:15 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.  

    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.
  • 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

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Commencement News

List of 2 news stories.

  • Michael White '70 Named 154th Commencement Speaker

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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

2017: 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