Commencement 2020

To our 2020 graduates,

You’ve worked hard to reach this point, and the entire Lesley University community looks forward to celebrating with you on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion in Boston. We hope that you plan to join us for this momentous occasion.

Congratulations!

COMMENCEMENT 2020 SCHEDULE
Morning Ceremony:
For the Graduate School of Education and the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences:
Afternoon Ceremony:
For the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences*, Lesley Art + Design, and Threshold:
GRADUATE CHECKLIST
Three steps to Commencement:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion

    The Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater in the Boston Seaport that seats approximately 5,000.

    Please take into consideration that the venue is on the waterfront, therefore cool spring breezes coming in off the water may make the air significantly cooler than in other parts of the city. Appropriate dress and removable layers are key to staying comfortable in Boston’s unpredictable climate.

    Due to the close proximity to Logan Airport, balloons are not allowed into the facility. Please plan accordingly.

    Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
    290 Northern Avenue
    Boston, Massachusetts

  • Tickets

    For your convenience, we do not require attendance tickets and there is no limitation on the number of guests per graduate.

  • Disability Access

    If you anticipate having guests who may need disability related accommodations (e.g., vision impairment, hearing impairment, or physical disability requiring use of a wheelchair) or if you need a disability related accommodation, we ask that you contact Lesley University’s Disability Services via e-mail at disabilityaccess@lesley.edu by May 1, 2020, so that we can make the necessary plans for meeting your needs.

    In addition, American Sign Language Interpreters will be present at Commencement.

  • Photography

    Professional photographers from Hockmeyer Studios will be present to take each graduate’s picture as they cross the stage.

    For those who RSVP to Commencement, Hockmeyer will send you a special mailing with ordering information. Contact Hockmeyer Studios with questions at 978.388.9832.

  • Diplomas

    Your diploma will be mailed to you following Commencement. As you cross the stage, you’ll receive a diploma case and a welcome letter from the Alumni Association. If you have questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 617.349.8740 or registrar@lesley.edu.

  • Directions + Parking

    FROM Logan International Airport and Route 1A South: Follow the signs towards I-90 West - Ted Williams Tunnel. Take the Ted Williams Tunnel/I-90 West to Exit 25 "South Boston". At the top of the ramp proceed straight onto B Street. At the end of B Street, take a right onto Seaport Boulevard. Seaport Boulevard becomes Northern Avenue. Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion will be approximately 1/3 mile ahead on the left. 

    FROM Western Massachusetts via Massachusetts Turnpike: Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike /Interstate 90 East to Exit 25 "South Boston". At the top of the ramp, bear left towards "Seaport Boulevard" and at the first set of lights proceed straight onto East Service Road. At the next set of lights, take a right onto Seaport Boulevard. Seaport Boulevard becomes Northern Avenue. Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion will be approximately 1/3 mile ahead on the left.

    FROM Points South via I-93: Heading northbound on Interstate 93 towards Boston, take Exit 20, which will be immediately after Exit 18. Follow the signs towards "I-90 East". Take the first tunnel exit to "South Boston". At the first set of lights at the top of the ramp, proceed straight onto East Service Road. At the next set of lights, take a right onto Seaport Boulevard. Seaport Boulevard becomes Northern Avenue. Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion will be approximately 1/3 mile ahead on the left.

    FROM Points North via I-93*: Heading southbound on Interstate 93 Boston, take Exit 23 "Purchase Street/South Station". At the top of the ramp, take a left onto Seaport Boulevard and proceed over the Moakley Bridge, Seaport Boulevard. Seaport Boulevard becomes Northern Avenue. Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion will be approximately 1.0 mile ahead on the left.

    FROM Points West via Storrow Drive: Take Storrow Drive East to Leverett Circle and follow signs for Interstate 93 South. Once on Interstate 93 South, follow directions from "Points North".​

    PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
    Take the MBTA subway, commuter rail, or bus to South Station and connect with the MBTA Silver Line Waterfront (one level above the Red Line, one level below the food court) to Silver Line Way. You will see the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion which is a short walk from this stop.

    PARKING
    There is no reserved parking for graduates, but rest assured there are plenty of parking options in the Seaport District. In addition to many others, nearby parking options include: 

    • EDIC Garage at 373 Northern Avenue
    • Seaport Boston Parking at 1 Seaport Lane
    • South Boston Waterfront Transportation Center at 406 Summer Street
  • Food + Drink

    Food and drink will be available via the Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion concession booths.

photo of audience and mortarboards at commencement

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