Below are some of the questions that we anticipate Berklee College of Music students and families may have related to the May 2021 commencement celebration and ceremony.
When is commencement 2021?
This year's commencement concert is scheduled for Friday, May 7, 2021, and the Berklee College of Music commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2021.
How do I participate in commencement 2021?
If you are nearing the completion of your degree or diploma requirements (semester level six or above/level eight or above for double majors), you were sent an email on October 21, 2020, (check your Spam folder if you did not receive one) inviting you to complete the application for graduation, and indicate whether you would like to participate in the May 8, 2021 ceremony. The deadline to apply for graduation (fall 2020, spring 2021, or summer 2021) and indicate participation in the May ceremony was December 18, 2020.
How many people can I invite to commencement events?
There are no tickets to our virtual concert and commencement ceremony. Graduates will be emailed a link that they can send to as many family and friends as they would like. Links to the concert and commencement ceremony will also be available on the Schedule of Events page.
How do I get my cap and gown?
If you complete the application for graduation and indicate that you are planning to participate in the May 2021 commencement ceremony, you will receive additional information via email about the ceremony and how to order a cap and gown. Caps, gowns, hoods, and tassels are provided to graduates at no charge and are yours to keep.
Can I participate with my class if I haven't completed my requirements for graduation?
Berklee College of Music's commencement ceremony will celebrate students who are graduating during the fall 2020, spring 2021, and summer 2021 semesters. Students planning to complete all requirements and graduate in the summer 2021 semester must have 16 or fewer course credits remaining (13 credits for diploma students) by the spring 2021 add/drop deadline, and no course sequences that would require future enrollment beyond the summer 2021 semester. See the Requirements for Graduation and Applying to Graduate pages for more information.
How long is the commencement ceremony?
We anticipate that the ceremony will last approximately two and a half hours.
Who are the honorary degree recipients?
This year's commencement honorary degree recipients have not yet been announced.
How do I participate in the commencement concert?
If your 2021 graduating class application has been approved by the Office of the Registrar, you will receive detailed information via email about how to formally apply to participate in the Berklee College of Music commencement concert. Similar to last year, there will be opportunities for performers, arrangers, and track/mock-up production assistants within the concert, which will pay tribute to the music of the honorees.
How do I apply to be the student commencement speaker?
To be considered, you must be eligible to participate in the May 2021 Berklee College of Music commencement ceremony. Check the graduation eligibility requirements and commencement participation information, page 64.
The Commencement Speaker Application (login required) will be available until March 18, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. ET. You must attach a copy of your speech to the form. Your speech must not exceed five minutes in length. The student commencement speaker will be announced in April.
How can I get graduation announcements?
Personalized graduation announcements that can be sent to family and friends can be ordered online at Balfour.com.