Sunday, August 16, 2015 @ 2:00 p.m. ~ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Prior to the Ceremony
How will my name appear on my diploma?
Your name will appear as you provide it to the Registrar through the Online Graduation Application via Leopardweb. Expected graduates will receive an email with detailed instructions on when to complete the Graduation Application.
When and where do I receive my cap, gown and Commencement announcements? Are they free?
Caps, gowns, and announcements are free, and will be available at cap and gown pickup on July 28, 2015. There are two sessions: one for day program students from 11am to 4pm in Tansey Gymnasium, and a second for College of Professional and Continuing Education students and students on co-op from 5pm to 7pm in Watson 206. Students who cannot make it to campus on July 28 can stop by Watson 206 for additional pickup times.
How many guests are permitted per graduate?
Each graduate receives four (4) commencement announcements for use as keepsakes. We do expect that we will use all of the Pavilion's seating capacity, and thus ask that attendees use four guests as a guideline. Seating at the Pavilion is on a first-come, first-serve basis; larger parties will find it more difficult to sit together.
Can I purchase additional graduation announcements as a keepsake to commemorate the event?
Commemorative graduation announcements may be purchased through Jostens by calling 800.488.2173 or ordering on-line at email@example.com. Please note the purchase of additional announcements does not permit additional guests. Please use the four (4) announcements given to graduates as a general guideline.
What lodging options are available near the Pavilion or near campus?
Wentworth has an agreement with The Inn at Longwood Medical to hold a block of rooms for Wentworth families at a discounted rate. Reservations can be made at 617-731-4700. Please mention "Wentworth Commencement" when making the reservation to receive the discounted rate.
The Westin Boston Waterfront has blocked off a section of rooms at a discounted rate of $219.00 for the weekend of August 15. Reservations can be made by calling 617-532-4600 and requesting "the Wentworth Rate" or SET#416306.
There are also a number of other options available, both near the Pavilion and closer to campus.
Day of the Ceremony
How do I get to the Blue HIlls Bank Pavilion?
The Pavilion is located at 290 Northern Avenue in Boston. It was formerly known as the Bank of America Pavilion. Directions are available for both driving and public transportation.
Where can I park?
Available parking lots and garages in the Seaport district include:
- Seaport Hotel
1 Seaport Lane | 617-385-4500
Event Rate: 1-10 hours $19
- EDIC Parking Garage
373 Northern Ave | 617-482-2487
Event rate $15 – CASH only
- Massport Parking Lot
Across the street | 617-663-2235
Event rate $20 – Credit Card only
- Massport Parking Lot Congress Street
next to the WTC train stop | 617-663-2235
Event rate $20 – CASH only
When should graduates report for robing and line-up?
Graduates should arrive at the Pavilion by 12:45 pm for robing and line-up. Please make sure to bring your cap and gown with you! As line-up will take place in a publicly accessible location within the Pavilion, please leave all personal items with family or friends.
Are there any items prohibited from bringing into the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion?
Items that may not be brought into the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion include:
Also, smoking is prohibited within all areas of the Pavilion.
When does the Pavilion open for families and guests?
The Pavilion will open at 1 pm for family and guests attending the ceremony.
Is there assigned seating for families and guests?
No. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests should be seated by 1:45 p.m. prior to the procession of the graduates. The ceremony will begin promptly at 2:00 p.m.
What if I have a guest who needs special accommodations, such as handicapped seating or proximity to a sign language interpreter?
Please call Alan Whittemore at (617) 989-4307 to arrange for special seating accommodations.
What if it rains?
The ceremony will continue as planned. The Pavilion is covered but open at the sides, so please dress accordingly.
What restaurants are available near the Pavilion or near campus?
There are a number of dining options available, both near the Pavilion and closer to campus.
Will staff be available during the ceremony in case of emergencies?
Security staff and emergency personnel will be available during the ceremony.
Is there a way to watch Commencement without attending?
Anyone with a computing device and network connection can watch a live stream of Commencement:
- Using a web browser, go to www.wit.edu/livestream.
- On a mobile device, you can use the USTREAM app, available through the App Store for Mac iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices. You can view Commencement on the Wentworth-institute-of-technology channel or by searching for WITEvents.
When do I get my diploma?
Your diploma will be mailed to the address you provide as part of the online Graduation Application; they typically take 4-6 weeks after the ceremony to arrive.
Memorabilia and Keepsakes
Photos of Commencement
Commencement Photos Inc will take a picture of every graduate as the graduate receives his/her diploma from the President. Information will be sent home to graduates' families before Commencement with information about the company's products and services. After Commencement day, graduates will receive a proof of this photo and information for placing an order, or you can view package and ordering information online.
Flowers and T-Shirts
Flowers and graduation T-shirts (with all graduate names on the back) were available for purchase through the Commencement Flowers website. Items ordered prior to Commencement can be picked up at Commencement. There will also be a limited number of items available for purchase at Commencement.
Wentworth memorabilia will be available for purchase on site through the Wentworth Bookstore.
Who can I contact with questions about graduation or commencement?
If you have any questions related to graduation (degree audit and clearance, diploma name, etc.), please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions regarding Commencement (location, date and time, guests, etc.), you can either call the Commencement Hotline at 617-989-4670 or email email@example.com.