BCC graduates walking at commencement in Tanglewood.

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.

Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey sits in front of the American flag.
View of the mountains at Tanglewood.
When & Where?

297 West St
Lenox, MA 01240

Friday, May 31 at 4:30 p.m.

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  • Important Information for Graduates
    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!

2017-2018 Celebration

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.