With or without a spring 2017 Boston area college graduation in your family, you'll likely need to coordinate your dining and travel plans around the commencement ceremonies. We are setting up this page as a permanent resource and will update it as we find new information.
Our list also helps visitors to Boston understand why hotel rooms are so expensive and restaurant reservations so scarce on some dates in May.
Reservations at area restaurants will be harder to find May 13th and 14th with Mother's Day and 7 commencements, and scarce May 19th through 22nd when 16 schools (including Boston University, Tufts University, and Boston College) will hold ceremonies.
Harvard commencement is May 25th and MIT June 9th – 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 2017 calendar.
If you know of a Boston-area college or university graduation date that we've missed, send us a comment.
May 1, 2017- May 6, 2017
- Northeastern University - May 5, 2017
- Eastern Nazarene College - May 6, 2017
- Massachusetts College of Pharmacy - May 6, 2017 (Dates subject to change)
- MGH Institute of Health Professions - May 6, 2017
May 7, 2017- May 13, 2017
- Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology - May 13, 2017
- Berklee College - May 13, 2017
- Boston Conservatory - May 13, 2017
- Emmanuel College - May 13, 2017
- Fisher College - May 13, 2017
May 14, 2017- May 20, 2017
- Mother's Day - May 14, 2017
- Emerson College - May 14, 2017
- Lasell College - May 14, 2017
- Boston Architectural College - May 19, 2017
- New England Law Boston - May 19, 2017
- Simmons College - May 19, 2017
- Wheelock College - May 19, 2017
- Babson College - May 20, 2017
- Bentley University - May 20, 2017
- Bunker Hill Community College - May 20, 2017
- Hellenic College Holy Cross - May 20, 2017
- Lesley University - May 20, 2017
May 21, 2017- May 27, 2017
- Boston University - May 21, 2017
- Brandeis University - May 21, 2017
- The New England College of Optometry - May 21, 2017
- New England Conservatory - May 21, 2017
- Suffolk University Law School - May 21, 2017
- Tufts University - May 21, 2017
- Boston College - May 22, 2017
- Harvard University - May 25, 2017
- Boston College Law School - May 26, 2017
- Massachusetts College of Art and Design - May 26, 2017
- Northeastern University School of Law - May 26, 2017
- University of Massachusetts Boston - May 26, 2017
June 1, 2017- June 10, 2017
- North Bennet Street School - June 2, 2017
- Cambridge College - June 4, 2017
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology - June 9, 2017
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