With or without a Spring 2016 Boston area college graduation in your family, you'll likely need to coordinate your dining and travel plans around the commencement ceremonies. We're running this very early because so many readers have been making their way to last year's post.
Our list also helps visitors to Boston understand why hotel rooms are so expensive and restaurant reservations so scarce on some dates in May. The local destination experts who guide Boston visitors over on Trip Advisor are busy answering questions about the cost of visits to our city.
Reservations at area restaurants will be harder to find May 6th through 9th with Mother's Day and 6 commencements, and scarce May 19th through 23rd when 13 schools, including Tufts University and Boston College, will hold ceremonies. Harvard commencement is May 26th and MIT June 3rd – 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 2016 calendar.
If you know of a college or university graduation date that we've missed, send us a comment.
- Wentworth Institute of Technology- April 23, 2016
- Northeastern University - May 6, 2016
- Berklee College - May 7, 2016
- Eastern Nazarene College - May 7, 2016
- Massachusetts College of Pharmacy - May 7, 2016
- Emerson College - May 8, 2016
- MGH Institute of Health Professions - May 9, 2016
- Babson College - May 14, 2016
- Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology - May 14, 2016
- The Boston Conservatory - May 14, 2016
- Emmanuel College - May 14, 2016
- Fisher College - May 14, 2016
- Boston University - May 15, 2016
- The New England College of Optometry - May 15, 2016
- Mass College of Art and Design - May 19, 2016
- Boston Architectural College - May 20, 2016
- New England Law Boston - May 20, 2016
- Simmons College - May 20, 2016
- Wheelock College - May 20, 2016
- Bentley University - May 21, 2016
- Hellenic College Holy Cross - May 21, 2016
- Lesley University - May 21, 2016
- Brandeis University - May 22, 2016
- New England Conservatory - May 22, 2016
- Suffolk University - May 22, 2016
- Tufts University - May 22, 2016
- Boston College - May 23, 2016
- Harvard University - May 26, 2016
- Boston College Law School - May 27, 2016
- Northeastern University School of Law - May 27, 2016
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology - June 3, 2016
- North Bennet Street School - June 3, 2016
- University of Massachusetts Boston - June 3, 2016
- Wentworth Institute of Technology- August 21, 2016
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