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Commencement 2023 Stage Photo with Platform Party and Bentley logo

Frequently Asked Questions

Prepare for Commencement

Are there preferred hotels with special rates in the area?

The Westin-Waltham Boston 
70 3RD Ave 
Waltham, MA 02451 

Rooms are $299 per night and can be reserved here or by visiting the website or calling 781-290-5600. Please note that rooms are first-come, first-served, and the deadline to reserve a room is Tuesday, April 15, 2025.

Hilton Garden Inn
450 Totten Pond Road
Waltham, MA 02451
t: 781-890-0100  (Hit extension 2 for Sales to book a guestroom over the phone)
Click here for 20% discount

Once the booking page pulls up, adjust the current dates to your desired dates and hit the "Update" button to adjust to the rate. 

How do graduates petition to graduate?

Graduates must petition to graduate with the Registrar’s Office. For questions, contact the Registrar at  

What accessories can you wear with your regalia?

Graduates may decorate their caps as they wish. They may also wear stoles or cords to accompany their robes. Those are all organized and ordered through the various groups on campus who decided to wear them.

What should I do if I am earning both undergraduate and graduate degrees?

If you have earned or will earn both an undergraduate and graduate degree this academic year (i.e. Advanced Standing programs), you are encouraged to order a master’s gown as it is the highest degree earned. 

I am an international student; where can I find documentation for my family who plans to attend?

An invitation letter which the graduate can write on behalf of their family, can be found on the Center for International Students and Scholars website . For additional questions, contact

If you need a status letter which includes your dates of attendance and expected graduation date, please complete this form, and email it to the Registrar's Office at

How can graduates and guests communicate accessibility need requests?

Bentley University is committed to providing an accessible, equitable and inclusive learning environment. In the spring we will share an accessibility form so that we can make sure to accommodate these requests.

Is there a guide for graduates to review in advance for preparation?

Yes, in the spring there will be a guide that explains what to bring, graduate expectations, stage-crossing instructions, and more. 

Is there a ceremony map to view ahead of time to see where everything is located?

Yes, in the spring we will post a ceremony map to help guide graduates and guests.

Ceremony Information

What is the guest limit for graduates? Are tickets required?

Graduates may bring as many guests as they wish and there are no tickets required. Please note that seating is first-come, first-served. 

Will the ceremonies be livestreamed and recorded?

The ceremonies will be both livestreamed and recorded. The livestream will be accessible on our Commencement webpage and recordings will be available on our Bentley University YouTube Channel a few days after the ceremonies. The ceremonies will also be livestreamed on campus. 

Will there be a photographer at the ceremony? Can graduates hire their own professional photographer?

The university will have a professional photographer at the ceremonies and those pictures will be available through Grad Images after the Commencement Ceremony. Photos will be available on the Grad Images website within a 5 to 7 days after the ceremony, but should there be any questions, please contact GradImages at 800-261-2576 or Graduates and guests may not bring their own professional photographers. 

Where do guests park and is there shuttle service available?

Guests of graduates should park on main campus and all lots will be open. General parking will not be available on lower campus by the ceremony site. Shuttles will also be available that day from main campus to the ceremony site. Please note traffic will be heavy. 

Will food and beverage be available?

There will be options for grab-and-go food and drink items for purchase. 

What are bag policies and safety protocols?

Backpacks, large bags, large signs/flags, balloons, air horns and umbrellas are not permitted. Guests may bring small bags, but they will be checked upon arrival. In case of rain, ponchos will be available the day of the ceremony. If you notice something suspicious, please contact University Police immediately at 781-891-3131. 

As a reminder, Commencement is a ceremony that recognizes and celebrates graduates’ many years of hard work and sacrifice. For many, it is the culmination of their academic journey to this point in their lives. Out of respect for graduates and their families, many of whom travel long distances to attend, anyone who disrupts commencement will be removed so the ceremony can continue honoring the graduates.

Who are the Commencement speakers?

The Commencement speakers will be announced in the spring.

Will there be a reception after the ceremonies?

Yes, a light reception for graduates and their guests will follow the ceremony 

How do graduates receive their diplomas?

Diplomas will be mailed to graduates following the ceremony. Please note it may take approximately seven weeks to receive your diploma depending on your location. For additional questions, contact the Registrar’s Office at  

Additional Details for Undergraduates and Graduates

Who do I contact regarding yearbooks?

If you have a question about yearbooks, please contact  

Who can advise students about the Bahamas trip?

If students have questions about the Bahamas trip, please contact