Congratulations, Berklee Online class of 2018!
Commencement 2018 will be held on Saturday, May 12 in Boston, MA.
Additional information to assist graduates and their families in planning their trip to Boston will become available in early 2018. Please check back then for more details.
We look forward to celebrating with you!
In order to participate in commencement, you must first apply for graduation and be approved to walk in the ceremony. To determine if you are eligible, please check the graduation planning page.
Commencement Detail FAQs
In order to participate in Commencement 2018 you should submit a graduation application no later than December 1, 2017. If you would like to make any adjustments to your original RSVP you may contact us at email@example.com. Please note that we may only allow additional attendees until December 1, but we encourage you to contact us regarding cancellations as soon as possible even if it is after the December 1 deadline.
We recommend planning to arrive in Boston the Friday morning of commencement weekend. Cap and gown distribution will take place Friday afternoon and a Graduation Mixer and Commencement Concert will be held on Friday evening. The commencement ceremony will take place Saturday morning. Arrival time will be assigned at cap and gown pick up. A complete schedule of events will become available in early 2018. For more information on last year’s festivities, you can download the 2017 Commencement Schedule of Events.
Berklee partners with several hotels on our campus to provide our guests with discount rates. These special rates depend on availability at each hotel and do not include tax or parking. You must mention Berklee College of Music when making a reservation to receive these reduced rates. Learn more about Boston-area hotels on the Boston Campus section of our website.
The number of tickets is dependent on the total number of students participating in the Berklee College of Music Commencement Ceremony. This should be finalized in late February or early March of 2018.
You can pick up your tickets for the commencement ceremony and concert alongside your cap and gown at the Berklee Online cap and gown distribution on Friday, May 11 (the day before commencement). Here you also have the opportunity to receive additional information on alumni services and take campus tour. The time and location are still being finalized, so please check back in early 2018 when these details should become available.
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Family and friends are invited to attend the campus tour, the Graduation Mixer, and the commencement concert and ceremony. An informal reception for graduates and their guests will also be held immediately following the commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12. Note that the number of guests will likely be limited for these events due to space restrictions. We will have more information on this in the new year.
Graduation announcements that can be sent to family and friends can be ordered through Balfour. Please note that for the Bachelor of Professional Studies degree, you will need to select "Other" (it will be the first choice in the drop down menu) and type in the correct degree information.
Diplomas will be mailed to the address that you included on your graduation application within 6-8 weeks of the time that you complete your degree requirements.
If you are walking in commencement, please note that you will not receive your official diploma at the ceremony.