Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, 290 Northern Avenue, Boston
Student Arrival Time: 8 a.m.
Guest Arrival Time: 8:15 a.m.
Ceremony Time: 9 a.m.
Student Arrival Time: 12 p.m.
Guest Arrival Time: 12:15 p.m.
Ceremony Time: 1 p.m.
Each ceremony will last approximately two hours. Doors will open 45 minutes prior to each ceremony. You are expected to remain in your seat throughout the entire ceremony.
For your safety, security staff at the guest and graduating student entrances will check all large bags and backpacks. There will be an express entrance line for ticketed guests and graduates without large bags and backpacks. We encourage you to bring as little as possible to ensure brief wait times. Food and beverages are not allowed in, except for a sealed bottle of water. You’ll find concession stands inside the pavilion. Your cooperation helps ensure your safety today.
Please note that the following items are prohibited at the venues:
Each graduating student may receive up to six (6) tickets, along with invitations as mementos. Invitations are provided as commemorative items and cannot be used for entry. One ticket will be required for each guest age three and over for admission to the pavilion. Due to seating capacity, lost tickets cannot be replaced. If you are not using all of your allotted tickets, please be considerate of other students who may need additional ones. Tickets may not be sold. Students who are identified as selling tickets will be referred to the student discipline system.
Please plan to be at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion no later than one hour before your ceremony begins. Students should arrive with their regalia and name cards in order to be placed in the processional lineup. Both of these items will be distributed at the time of packet pickup.
Once you enter through the student entrance, ushers will direct you to the Student Robing Areas. You must stay in this area until the ceremony and be robed and in line when we give the signal to march approximately five minutes before the ceremony start time.
Guests will enter the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion through the main entrance, which will open approximately 45 minutes before each ceremony. Upon entering, guests will receive a Commencement program and be directed to the open seating area. Adjacent to the turnstiles, there will be a booth for those who may have questions or need special accommodations.
Keep noise to a minimum in the robing area so you can hear and follow last-minute instructions. Do not leave any personal items in the robing area. You must give your personal belongings to family members or friends before you proceed to the robing area.
Guests, including personally hired photographers, will be restricted from approaching the stage area to take pictures or to make congratulatory gestures. Security personnel will enforce this restriction. A professional photographer will take pictures as you cross the stage. Information about purchasing these photos will be sent to your Suffolk email address, as well as any parent or guardian email address(es) on file.
Guests are welcome to take photographs following the ceremony in a specially designated spot outside the pavilion. Due to the limited time between ceremonies, graduates and guests must exit the pavilion immediately following the ceremony.
The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is an open-air, tented amphitheater on Boston’s waterfront.
Although most of the seating (approximately 5,000 seats) is underneath the tent, approximately 500 guests may be seated outside the covered area, regardless of the weather. All guests should check the forecast and be prepared for changeable weather. Large broadcast screens will facilitate viewing for those seated in the back of the pavilion.
An admission ticket is necessary for each guest, including children age three and older. Tickets are not replaceable. All seating is general admission. Snack concessions are available, and there are restroom facilities.
The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is located at 290 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210.
For those driving to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, parking is available for a fee at the Seaport Hotel Garage, the EDIC Garage, Massport surface lots across the street from the pavilion, and other surface lots along Seaport Boulevard.
Take the MBTA subway, commuter rail, or bus to South Station and connect with the Silver Line Waterfront service. The Silver Line Waterfront is located one level above the MBTA Red Line, one level below the food court at South Station.
If you are connecting via the Red Line, there is no additional charge; monthly MBTA subway, combo, and commuter rail passes are accepted as fare. Otherwise, the Silver Line Waterfront service costs $2.75 each way. Guests should have exact change for the trip, as the drivers do not make change. The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is located one block away from the Silver Line Way stop.
Commencement Photos Inc
For questions about ordering photos, please contact the Office of Student Affairs at: 617-573-8239