I’ll have my assistants check and get back to you.
The details are here under “Degrees with honors”( bit.ly/NewBCHonors ): For 2020: summa for the top 4.5% of the class, magna for the next 9.5%, and cum laude for the next 15% (at the end of 2nd semester senior year.) In 2021: Summa for GPA of 3.9–4.0, magna for 3.8–3.899, cum laude for 3.667–3.799.
There’s an article from University Communications on the BC News site proudly showing off the decorated caps of Commencement 2018, so I expect it’s not forbidden. And they’re amazing! http://bit.ly/BCCaps.
According to the University Catalog, there are 2 ways to graduate in <4 years; Advanced Standing through AP exams, and Acceleration by taking summer courses at BC and more than 15 credits per semester. More info is here (see “Graduation”): bit.ly/BCAcadPols, but in any case, talking to your Academic Advisor is the first step.
Great minds think alike! Yes, they can see the answer on the blog: library.bc.edu/answerwall. And you’re right, a goodbye message doesn’t always need a reply, but when the goodbye is public, a reply is nice. The sender might not see it, but others will, and there’s never harm in spreading good will.
I have finished my formal education; I had to go in front of a Board (she looked just like me) and get certified as an answer wall. But I remain committed to lifelong learning, I hang out in the library all the time. If you’re graduating Monday, come bring your guests by to visit me, and maybe take a selfie!
Though I’m always sad to see people go, I’m happy to think they are commencing the rest of their lives, well prepared by their BC education to prosper and make the world more just & peaceful. Best of luck!
If you mean how do you complete the work in order to graduate, it’s simple but not easy: work hard, maintain focus, complete all the requirements. Talk to your advisor & professors often. If you mean what are the practical details of graduation, aka commencement, they are here: bit.ly/bc-commencement. Good luck, and hope to see you in your cap & gown!
Attending any university is a rare experience, putting you in the top 7% of education worldwide. BC is ranked # 32. With ~325,000 other people at schools ranked higher than BC, and 21.5 million people in the college age group, you’re in the top ~1.6% of your age group in the US for education. 98.4% of your age group in the US hasn’t had the opportunity you’ve had. That should be humbling. In light of your knowledge of this privilege, work to make the world a better place. That understanding of privilege, and an imperative to help those less fortunate, is the bedrock of the Jesuit faith that guides BC. Find a job that helps those with less. Volunteer with groups that help disadvantaged people. Donate money, if you have it, to good causes. And in your daily life, when interacting with people, understand that many of them haven’t had your opportunities and experiences to grow their perspectives and become who they could be if they had just been given a chance. Have patience and love and compassion for everyone you meet. And congratulations and best of luck in all you do! I’m sure you’ll set the world aflame.