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Class of 2022 Commencements – An Announcement from President Clark

President Clark speaking at 2019 undergraduate commencement ceremony


I am very happy to announce that this year’s undergraduate and graduate commencements will once again take place at Gillette Stadium.

The experience last year, when the Classes of 2020 and 2021 graduated at Gillette, was overwhelmingly positive and students and guests were very excited to receive their diplomas – symbolizing years of hard work, resilience, and sacrifice – in person and in a place built for champions.

Our decision was primarily informed by current uncertainties surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.  The emergence of the Omicron variant has again given us pause as to whether we would be able to safely gather very large numbers of our BSU community in person and in confined spaces on campus to celebrate the remarkable achievements of our graduates.  Gillette allows us to accommodate thousands of students, family members, faculty and staff in a spectacular outdoor venue where we can easily socially distance people, if that becomes necessary.

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President Clark Announces Plans for Class of 2022 Commencement

Master's/CAGS/EdS Degree Ceremony
Friday, June 24, 2022  6 p.m.

Bachelor's Degree Morning Ceremony
Saturday, June 25, 2022  9 a.m.

  • Louis M. Ricciardi College of Business
  • College of Education and Health Sciences
  • Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics

Bachelor's Degree Afternoon Ceremony
Saturday, June 25, 2022  4 p.m.

  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Holding our commencement at Gillette, with its 65,000+ seating capacity, will also permit students to invite an unlimited number of family, friends and other guests to share in their big day. Inside Gillette, guests will have access to concessions and other amenities. As many students and their families discovered last year, Patriot Place also features a large assortment of restaurants where they were able to continue their celebrations after commencement. Both driving to and parking are very easy as Gillette is accustomed to managing much larger crowds for games and concerts.

With the move to Gillette, and due to the limited availability of the stadium this spring, we will host three commencement ceremonies on June 24, 2022 (graduate) and June 25, 2022 (two undergraduate ceremonies on the same day). Since we completely understand and deeply appreciate the desire of students to celebrate the successful completion of their studies via on-campus activities, we will soon announce a variety of campus-based celebrations and activities for our students and their families in the spring of 2022. The BSU campus will also be fully decorated from April to June in honor of our graduating students who might wish to take photos on campus (including with me) prior to commencement.

As we plan these important ceremonies in the weeks and months ahead, you will be able to find updates and information on the BSU commencement website. We encourage you to look at the videos and photographs on that page so you can see just how spectacular our commencement ceremonies were last year.

Congratulations in advance to the Class of 2022, and I will see you at Gillette!

Warmest regards,

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Frederick W. Clark Jr., Esq. President

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