2018 Commencement Tentative Schedule & Information

Commencement 2018 will be held Monday, May 14, 2018, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in Boston, MA. All graduates who will be completing programs in January, May, or September 2018 attend these events.

A graduation packet will be mailed in March 2018 to each graduating student who will be participating in the 2018 Commencement. This packet will include your 5 complimentary announcements and detailed scheduling and logistical information about all Commencement events. The tentative schedule of events for May 14 also appears below.  This schedule is subject to change at any time.

Awards and Hooding/Pinning Ceremonies (Morning)

The Awards and Hooding Ceremonies are for all 2018 CSD, Nursing OT, PA, and PT graduates, award recipients and their guests. All award recipients will be notified prior to this event. These events will highlight the achievements of our graduates and honorees and will be held based on the schedule below at the BCEC in Boston, MA.  School of Nursing BSN students note:  To keep events on time, pinning will be done by faculty designated by the School of Nursing.

Graduation gowns, without caps, will be worn at the morning events. CIPSI, CSD, NU, OT, PA and PT students - please report to the BCEC by no later than 9:00 a.m. on Monday, May 14. Your program staff will assist you with line-up, proper positioning of your hood, and any other instructions. Guests should be directed to the rooms as listed on the schedule below. Class photos will be taken immediately after the morning ceremonies.

Health Professions Education Graduates please note:
Please report to the 2nd floor for your class photo by no later than 12:00 noon on Monday, May 14. Your program representative will prepare you for photos and then prepare you for the procession for the afternoon Commencement Ceremony.

NOTE:  The Health Professions Education Program faculty will be hooding its 2017 Master of Science in Health Professions Education (MS-HPEd) degree candidates at its annual dinner in June of 2018. They will be celebrating the accomplishments of both the masters degree and the Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) students who have completed the program requirements and successfully presented their final projects. 

Tentative Schedule for Monday, May 14, 2018 (Subject to change)

Note: A light snack and water will be available to graduates in between ceremonies.


Time | Location

All Graduates Report Time

9:00 a.m. - BCEC - 2nd Floor
(Report to your line-up location listed below)

School of Nursing Hooding, Pinning, Awards ceremony, and Class Photos.

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - Line-up - Room 210ABC
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Ceremony - Ballroom East/West - Level 3
11:45 a.m.  - 12:05 p.m. - Class Photo - Room 210ABC

CSD Hooding, Awards, and Class Photos.

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - Line-up - Room 253A
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Ceremony - Room 253BC
12:05 - 12:20 p.m. - Class Photo - Room 210ABC

Occupational Therapy Hooding, Pinning, Awards ceremony, and Class Photos.

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - Line-up - Room 260
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Ceremony - Room 259AB
12:50  - 1:05 p.m. - Class Photo - Room 210ABC

Physician Assistant Studies Hooding, Pinning, Awards ceremony, and Class Photos.

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - Line-up - Room 256
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Ceremony - Room 257AB
12:35  - 12:50 p.m. - Class Photo - Room 210ABC

Physical Therapy Hooding, Awards, and Class Photos.

9:00 - 9:45 a.m. - Lineup - Room 258A
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Ceremony - Room 258BC
12:20 - 12:35 p.m. - Class Photo - Room 210ABC

CIPSI Health Professions Ed. Graduates Class Photo at 1:05 p.m.

1:05 - 1:15 p.m. - Class Photo - Room 210ABC

Break - Class Photos

11:30 - 1:15 p.m. Students will take class photos during this break according to the schedules listed above. Guests will be directed to the 1st floor of the Convention Center where they can visit our bookstore, flower vendor, or grab a snack.

Line-up for the main Commencement
Ceremony (All Programs)

1:00 p.m. - ALL Programs - Room 210ABC

Procession begins

1:45 p.m.

Commencement Ceremony

2:00 p.m. sharp - BCEC-Ballroom East/West

Diploma pick-up
(May Grads Only)

Post Ceremony - 1st Floor at the Main Entrance -
IHP Information Table.

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