Graduation - Benjamin Franklin Institute Of Technology


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Graduation 2018: Saturday May 12, 2018

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology's 110th annual commencement will take place on Saturday May 12, 2018 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 27, 2018 - Graduation Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

CLICK HERE (PDF 3.5MB) to view the information presented at the Graduation Meeting

April 5, 2018 - Graduation Fair, 10:00am - 1:00pm

April 13, 2018 - Petition to Graduate due to Registrar

April 18, 2018 - Graduation Rehearsal & Ticket Distribution, 12:00pm

May 9, 2018 - Cap & Gown Distribution & Extra Tickets, 9:00am

May 9, 2018 - Academic Awards Reception, 6:30pm

May 12, 2018 - Graduation, graduates arrive by 8:30am

2018 Commencement Speakers

Kenneth L. Turner
Director of Diversity & Inclusion/Compliance - Massport

Kenneth L. Turner joined the Authority in June 2013. He oversees and manages the Authority’s multiple diversity programs, including business and supplier diversity, workforce diversity, and airport concessions, as well as all compliance initiatives associated with Massport’s Disadvantaged/Minority/Women Business Enterprise programs.

Prior to joining Massport, Mr. Turner served as Deputy Secretary for Administration & Finance for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services. He has over 20-years of general management and executive experience in various Fortune 100 media and package goods companies including having served as Senior Vice President of Emerging Markets at AOL Time Warner as well as having held various marketing positions at Hallmark Cards and Hasbro Toys.

A retired U.S. Navy Captain and submarine nuclear weapons system officer with 26-years of service, Mr. Turner holds a B.S. degree in Liberal Arts from Southern University and A&M College, Baton Rouge, LA.

Kelly Lynn Hassett '14
Student Commencement Speaker
Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology 2018
Associates of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology, 2014

2018 Commencement Alumni Chief Marshall

Rosalyn Parrilla '12, '16
AS Computer Technology 2012
BS Health Information Technology 2016


Academic Awards Reception

On Wednesday May 9, 2018, 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 2018 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, Dean of Students & Associate Dean of Academics. 

Graduation FAQs

When is Graduation?

Graduation is on Saturday May 12, 2018 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 beginning 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 7, 2018. Any tickets not picked up by Monday May 7th 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 9, 2018 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.