Summer Commencement

Saturday, August 16, 2014 @ 2:00 p.m. ~ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (formerly Bank of America 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.

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 Tuesday, July 29. There are two sessions: one from 11-4 in Tansey Gym, the other from 5-7 in Watson 203/206.

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 Balfour by calling 877-225-3687 or ordering on-line at www.balfour.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?

The Westin Boston Waterfront is currently offering a $209 per night rate. Please contact Shannon Beatty at (857) 243-6947 or Shannon.Beatty@starwoodhotels.com to reserve a room at this rate. This offer is not available through the special offers page mentioned below.

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 Starwood Hotel group (which includes the Sheraton, Westin and W hotels) has also offered promotional rates for college students and their families. Please check this page for the group's current special offers.

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 | 617-385-4500commencement
    Event Rate: 1-10 hours $19
  • EDIC Parking Garage
    373 Northern Ave | 617-482-2487commencement
    Event rate $15 – CASH only
  • Massport Parking Lot
    Across the street | 617-663-2235commencement
    Event rate $20 – Credit Card only
  • Massport Parking Lot Congress Street
    next to the WTC train stop | 617-663-2235commencement
    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:

  • Alcohol
  • Weapons
  • Pets
  • Balloons

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 4-6 weeks after the ceremony.

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. Package and ordering information is also available here.

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.

Other Memorabilia
Wentworth memorabilia will be available for purchase on site through the Wentworth Bookstore.

Contact Information

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 commencement@wit.edu.  Questions regarding Commencement (location, date and time, guests, etc.), you can either call the Commencement Hotline at 617-989-4670 or email commencement@wit.edu.

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