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With or without a Boston area college graduation in your family, you'll likely need to coordinate your dining and travel plans around the spring 2013 commencement ceremonies. We're running this very early because so many readers have been making their way to last year's post.
And, it helps vistors to Boston understand why hotel rooms are so expensive and restaurant reservations so scarce on some dates in May. The experts who guide Boston visitors over on Trip Advisor are already answering questions about spring visits to the city.
Reservations at area restaurants will be harder to find May 10th through 12th with Mother's Day and five commencements, and scarce May 18th through 20th when eleven schools, including BU and BC, will hold ceremonies. Harvard commencement is May 30th and MIT June 6th– each of these schools is large enough to have an impact on its own. Harvard can also interfere with traffic as they move busloads of people from one place to another around event time.
To help you plan your dining options in May and early June, here are the dates of the major commencement ceremonies for your 2013 calendar.
If you know of a college or university graduation date that we missed, send us a comment.
- Northeastern University - May 3, 2013
- MGH Institute of Health Professions - May 9, 2013
- Simmons College - May 10, 2013
- Berklee College - May 11, 2013
- Emmanuel College - May 11, 2013
- Fisher College - May 11, 2013
- Emerson College - May 12, 2013
- Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, May 12, 2013 (subject to change)
- Boston Conservatory - May 18, 2013
- Bentley University - May 18, 2013
- Lesley University - May 18, 2013
- Babson College - May 18, 2013
- Boston University - May 19, 2013
- Brandeis University - May 19, 2013
- The New England College of Optometry - May 19, 2013
- New England Conservatory - May 19, 2013
- Tufts University - May 19, 2013
- Boston College - May 20, 2013
- Suffolk University - May 20, 2013
- Mass College of Art and Design - May 24, 2013
- New England Law Boston - May 24, 2013
- Northeastern University School of Law -May 24, 2013
- Boston College Law School - May 24, 2013
- Boston Architectural College - May 24, 2013
- Harvard University - May 30, 2013
- University of Massachusetts Boston - May 31, 2013
- North Bennet Street School - May 31, 2013
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology - June 7, 2013
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