Commencement is a graduation ceremony that takes place each Spring semester. It is an end-of-spring semester celebration for students projected to successfully complete all of their graduation requirements. Our BCC students are commencing on toward something greater - after having successfully earned their certificate or degree - and are ready to use their skills in the workforce or continue on to a four-year school after they graduate.
2018-2019 Guest Speaker
Massachusetts Senator Edward J. Markey, a consumer champion and national leader on energy, environmental protection and telecommunications policy, has a prolific legislative record on major issues across the policy spectrum and a deep commitment to improving the lives of the people of Massachusetts and our country.
Whether the issue is climate change, clean energy, safeguarding privacy, nuclear non-proliferation, investor protection or preserving an open Internet that spurs competition and consumer choice, Senator Markey stands up for the priorities and values of Massachusetts.
To Do Before Commencement
Guests: Invite as many as you wish, no tickets required.
Regalia: Must wear cap & gown to participate in ceremony; purchase at College Store for $30.
Phi Theta Kappa and Veterans: Wear your stole; if you don’t have yours, contact Geoffrey Tabor at x1610 (for PTK) or Mary Zanconato at x1660 (for Veterans)
Photos: Commencement Photos Inc (pre-approved by BCC) will contact you directly; there is no obligation to purchase.
Special needs: Contact Mary Martin at 413-236-1602.
To Do At Commencement
Arrival: By 3:45 pm; traffic can be heavy.
Flowers: Limited amount for sale at rear of shed; no other concessions available.
Line up: In alpha order by major, with your faculty, at the rear of the Shed; you will be given a name card to give to the announcer on stage.
Tassels: Hang on the right side of your cap. Honor tassels will be given that day to eligible (degree) students during line-up.
Diploma: Will not be in the “cover” you receive on stage; pick up right after the ceremony at Diploma Table. Don’t leave Tanglewood without it!
On June 1, 2018 - at Tanglewood in Lenox - 271 BCC students walked across the stage and earned either their associate's degree or a certificate from the College.
These students closed one chapter and began another as they continue on their path to future success.