Herff Jones Data Breach

From BU Today: Herff Jones, the company that offers graduation merchandise through Barnes & Noble at BU, as well as regalia—such as class rings and yearbooks—for other colleges and universities across the country, reported this week that it was the victim of a cyberattack that compromised thousands of student customers’ personal payment credit card accounts.

“Barnes & Noble College has been notified that Herff Jones recently discovered they had been the victim of a cyberattack after receiving reports of possible fraudulent activity on student customers’ personal payment card accounts, which may have compromised customer data,” a statement from Barnes & Noble says. “We want to assure you that we are taking this situation very seriously and are working closely with Herff Jones to fully understand exactly what happened and how they are addressing the issue.”

Read the full article on BU Today for more information.

Speakers & More

Exciting announcements today for
#BU2021 Commencement!

• At the annual Senior Breakfast (Brunch) at 1pm, the Commencement speakers & honorary degree recipients were announced by President Brown.
(Read the BU Today articleWatch the replay)

Registration for our graduates opened for the Commencement ceremonies and Baccalaureate service.

• The BU Parents & Family Program announced that the 2nd Annual Virtual Scarlet Soiree will be held on May 13 for parents and families of graduates.

• And thanks to Marketing & Communications, we now have these fun Zoom & TikTok backgrounds to get the #BU2021 celebrations started!

Read more about Commencement 2021 on BU Today.

May 16 Ceremonies Update

In a letter to graduates on April 16, President Robert A. Brown announced updates to the all-university in-person Commencement on Nickerson Field on May 16.

Boston University will hold two ceremonies on Sunday, May 16 - one ceremony at 9:30 am specifically dedicated to graduate/advanced degree students and a second ceremony at 2 pm for undergraduate students. Interest in attending on May 16 is so great that participation was predicted to surpass the capacity of Nickerson Field under the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and City of Boston maximum capacity guidelines, and consequently, the decision for two ceremonies was made to allow all interested students opportunity to attend. Read more about the update in the BU Today article.

Registration for the all-University ceremonies will begin on April 30. Registration closes on Sunday, May 9 at midnight EDT.

Check the All-University Commencement page for more details.


Deals on Local Hotels

For our graduates: Not in Boston and coming to town for Commencement? On-campus housing will not be available so you'll need a place to stay. Check out our list of local hotels that are offering deals to graduating students to find just the right spot for you.

Note: Kerberos log-in required.

Find a Hotel

Baccalaureate announcement

The annual Baccalaureate service will be held on the Alpert Mall (next to Marsh Chapel) on Sunday May 16, 2021, 12noon EDT. (Please note the time of this service was updated in mid-April.) This service will be conducted in accord with the same Back2BU protocols being utilized at the All-University Commencement ceremony. Attendance will be limited to graduating seniors and advanced degree recipients and a small group of deans and administrators. The Baccalaureate service will also be available to attend virtually via this website.

Updates to Graduate Checklist

We've updated the checklist and added information about MarchingOrder.

The checklist now has more specific deadlines and important dates to remember. Check the list frequently for additional updates.

MarchingOrder is a third-party vendor that will produce a virtual convocation for each school and college with contributions from our graduates. Graduates should be receiving an email about MarchingOrder soon (before April 1).  Virtual convocations will be live on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 2pm. Learn more about MarchingOrder.

May 15 Virtual Convocations

Mark your calendars! We are pleased to announce that our individual schools and colleges will have a virtual convocation that will be available starting on Saturday, May 15, 2021 at 2pm EDT. Boston University is partnering with the company MarchingOrder to present a personalized virtual experience to celebrate our graduates.