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Graduation 2017: Saturday May 13, 2017

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology's 109th annual commencement will take place on Saturday May 13, 2017 beginning at 10:00am in the Franklin Union Auditorium. All guests must have a ticket, which will be supplied to all graduating students in late April.

Important Dates for Graduates

March 24, 2017 - 50 Days Until Graduation!

March 28, 2017 - Graduation Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

               Click here for information from the Graduation Meeting (PDF 3.3MB)

April 6, 2017 - Graduation Fair, 10:00am - 1:00pm

April 14, 2017 - Petition to Graduate due to Registrar

April 19, 2017 - Graduation Rehearsal & Ticket Distribution, 12:00pm

May 10, 2017 - Cap & Gown Distribution & Extra Tickets, 9:00am

May 10, 2017 - Academic Awards Reception, 6:30pm

May 13, 2017 - Graduation, graduates arrive by 8:30am

2017 Commencement Speakers

EBW_6427BFIT's commencement speaker is Ms. Yvonne M. Spicer, Ed.D.

Read her bio: (PDF 40.7KB).

Student commencement speakers will be announced later in the Spring 2017 semester. 





Academic Awards Reception

On Wednesday May 10, 2017, the College will host its annual Academic Awards Reception to honor graduating students receiving awards from each of the academic departments and Student Affairs, along with recognizing graduating students on the Dean's List for the spring 2017 semester. 

Students being recognized will be invited by the faculty and staff in early May.

Questions regarding the Academic Awards Reception should be directed to Jackie Cornog, Associate Dean of Academics. 

Graduation FAQs

When is Graduation?

Graduation is on Saturday May 13, 2017 beginning promptly at 10:00am. Graduating students are expected to be at the college no later than 8:30am, and guest are able to enter the auditorium at 9:00am.

Are tickets required?

Yes, any guest entering the auditorium needs to present a ticket for admittance. All graduating students will receive three tickets during graduation rehearsal. Graduates needing additional tickets may request extra tickets during cap and gown distribution based on availability. 

I missed graduation rehearsal. Where do I pick up tickets?

Any graduate who was unable to attend graduation rehearsal, and has already submitted their Petition to Graduate can pick up their tickets from Brett Wellman, Assistant Dean of Students (U-113)  by Monday May 8, 2017. Any tickets not picked up by Monday May 8th will be made available to students requesting extra tickets.

Is there parking?

Unfortunately there is no parking at BFIT, besides a few metered parking spots on Tremont Street, as we are located in a predominately residential area of the South End. There are a few parking garages nearby (Chinatown, Boston Common, Berkeley /Tremont St.). We encourage guests to take the MBTA, as we are located a few blocks away from both the Orange (Back Bay station) and Green (Arlington station) lines. 

Who do I contact for handicap accessible seating?

Anyone requesting handicap accessible reserved seating should contact Brett Wellman, Assistant Dean of Students, by May 10, 2017 so that we can properly accommodate your request at

When is graduation over?

Graduation is approximately 2 hours in length, and is typically over around 12:00pm. There will be a reception with light refreshments immediately following in the BFIT lobby where graduates, families, faculty, and administration can get together and take pictures!

When do I get my diploma?

Graduates who have successfully completed their degree requirements and have satisfied their student account to ensure no holds, will receive their diploma on graduation day. Any graduate with a hold should make arrangements with the Registrar regarding mailing or picking up of diplomas.