Graduation - Benjamin Franklin Institute Of Technology


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Graduation 2019: Saturday May 18, 2019

Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology's 111th annual commencement will take place on Saturday May 18, 2019 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 26, 2019 - Graduation Meeting, 12:00pm - 1:00pm

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

April 4, 2019 - Graduation Fair, 10:00am - 1:00pm

April 12, 2019 - Petition to Graduate due to Registrar

April 24, 2019 - Graduation Rehearsal & Ticket Distribution, 12:00pm

May 15, 2019 - Cap & Gown Distribution & Extra Tickets, 9:00am

May 15, 2019 - Academic Awards Reception, 6:30pm

May 18, 2019 - Graduation, graduates arrive by 8:30am

2019 Commencement Speakers




TBA, Student

2019 Commencement Alumni Chief Marshall

TBA Alumni


Academic Awards Reception

On Wednesday May 15, 2019, 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 2019 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 18, 2019 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 13, 2019. Any tickets not picked up by Monday May 13th 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 15, 2019 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.