Graduation 2023

To celebrate your academic achievements during your time at Boston College, we're pleased to invite you to graduate on Thursday 19th October 2023

Your ceremony will be taking place at St Botolph’s Church, Church Close, Boston, PE21 6NW

You must pass at Academic Board to attend your graduation.


Boston College HE Graduation Logo

Registration and Ticket Booking

The deadline to confirm your attendance and reserve additional guest tickets was Friday 22nd September.

Tickets will be sent out in the post prior to the ceremony - you should receive your tickets no later than Monday 12th October. 

If you are still planning on attending Graduation and haven't confirmed your attendance please email as soon as possible.


Preparing for your Graduation

Academic Dress - Gowns

Your graduation is a ceremonial event and academic dress is required. All graduands must wear a Boston College Hood, Bachelors Gown and Mortarboard with smart clothing underneath. We recommend that you bring hairgrips to secure your mortarboard.

The deadline to order your gown was Friday 22nd September - pre-ordering your gown is essential as this will be delivered directly to you prior to the ceremony. You can find further information on gown hire here.

You will need to hire/purchase a Boston College Hood, Bachelors Gown and Mortarboard. Jeans, t-shirts, trainers and other casual attire are not considered appropriate for those graduating. If you are attending Graduation and haven't ordered your gown, please email

You are advised not to bring large bags and to keep personal belongings to a minimum. Any belongings should be left with guests where possible.


A professional photographer will be on hand to provide high quality professional studio photographs for you to relive this special occasion. This service will include the option for individual portraits, as well as group pictures with family and friends.

Studio Photography will be based within our Sam Newsom Centre, 28 South Street, Boston, Lincs, PE21 6HT. You will be required to pre-book a time slot for your photographs, you can do this using the button below.

What to Expect on the Day

Arrival Information

Please arrive at Boston College's Sam Newsom Centre, 28 South Street, Boston, Lincolnshire, PE21 6HT for 1:00pm on the day of your graduation.

The graduation ceremony will start with a procession through the town centre, departing from Boston College's Sam Newsom Centre ending at St Botolph’s Church.

Graduands are advised to be at the Sam Newsom Centre at least one hour before the ceremony start time. This will allow sufficient time to ensure you are properly gowned and prepared for the procession. Please be aware there will be a lot of people doing the same, so do not leave it to the last minute to avoid queues forming.

If you are unable to process, please ensure you are at St Botolph’s Church before doors close, 15 minutes before the start of your ceremony. Unfortunately, late attendees may be refused entry.

+ St Botolph's grounds open for guests - 12:30pm
+ Graduates to arrive at Boston College's Sam Newsom Centre – 1:00pm
+ St Botolph's open for guests to take their seats - 1:30pm
+ Graduation Procession to start from Boston College's Sam Newsom Centre - 2:00pm
+ Graduation Ceremony – 2:30pm - 4:00pm
+ Photos and Celebrations - 4:00pm - 5:30pm


FREE parking is available from 9:00am until 11:30pm at our Rochford Campus, Skirbeck Road, Boston, Lincs, PE21 6JF (Sat Nav: PE21 6DA). Please note, due to the College being open to learners, there will be limited parking available at the College.

Restroom facilities will be available within the Boston College University Centre.

You can find further information on council operated paid for parking here.


Drink refreshments will be provided by Sipwell Events and will be available to guests prior to the ceremony with a bar located outside St Botolph's.

This will also be accessible to graduates following the ceremony, providing you with one free celebratory mocktail as well as the option to purchase additional drinks.

Live Streaming

For graduands or guests who cannot attend the ceremony in person, you can watch the graduation below.

After the Ceremony

It's time to celebrate!

Celebrating your graduation with family and friends

You’re a graduate…It’s time to celebrate!

Following your graduation, you can claim your free drink using the voucher provided in your graduation pack, take 100s of selfies with friends and family (Don’t forget to tag us @bostoncollegeuk) as well as celebrate with your lecturers.

We have also been lucky enough to secure you some fantastic discounts and deals with local business, providing you with a variety of offers. Full details can be found under the heading Graduation Sponsors

Contact us

You can contact our Graduation Team by email or call us on 01205 365701.

You can download our course guide