For Students

The 2020 William James College Commencement Ceremony will be held on Sunday, May 31, 2020, at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel (50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street, Boston). Graduates must arrive at 9:00 am. The ceremony will begin at 11:00 am and is expected to last approximately 2.5 hours. Please read the information in this section carefully.

Graduation Wrap Up Sessions

5 Graduation Wrap Up sessions will be held
Monday – Friday April 27 – May 1, 2020
From 12:00 – 1:00 pm in the Student Services Department on the first floor

Attending a Graduation Wrap Up Session is a requirement for all WJC Students preparing to graduate. You will meet with various departments to make sure all necessary paperwork is completed prior to graduation.

If you are unable to attend one of the sessions being offered, you must be in touch with each of the following student services centers by May 1st.

Please note that if you are on campus this semester, it is much more efficient to arrange your schedule to attend one of the 5 Wrap Up Sessions 

Contact information for each center is listed below.   

Email Access

Please click here for information regarding access to your William James College email after graduation.

Tickets for Commencement Ceremony

Each Graduate is given five (5) tickets to the ceremony; tickets will be available to be picked up at Graduation Wrap up Sessions or at the front desk beginning Monday, May 3rd between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm.

If you are unable to pick up your tickets, or have any additional questions about the commencement ceremony, please contact Denise Feeley at

Regalia (Cap & Gown)

Regalia for Graduation can be ordered online.

Hotel Accommodations

William James College has secured rates for student's friends and family at the following Hotels:

Boston Park Plaza Hotel 
50 Park Plaza at Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
Reserve a room with William James College Room Block here or call 617-426-2000.
Room discount rate expires May 8, 2019 at 5:00 pm

Crowne Plaza Boston Newton Hotel
320 Washington Street, Newton
20 minutes from graduation site by car
William James College Corporate Rate: request the "William James College" corporate negotiated rate or reference corporate ID# 786814278
Click here for the special rate
617-969-3010 or 866-257-7857

Residence Inn by Marriott Boston-Needham 
80 B Street 
Needham, MA 02494 
Phone: 781-444-5750 
Fax: 781-449-1781
Corporate Code: OXS
30 minutes from graduation site by car

Sheraton Needham 
100 Cabot Street 
Needham, MA 02494 
Phone: 781-444-1110 
Fax: 781-455-8617 
William James College Corporate Code: 397902 
Click here for our special rate
30 minutes from graduation site by car 

Parking Information

Park Plaza Hotel
Valet service is available at the Park Plaza
Self-parking is across the street at the Motor Mart Garage (below)

Motor Mart Garage
26 Park Plaza/201 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

Radisson Hotel Parking Garage
200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116
Located .19 miles from Boston Park Plaza

Restaurants near the Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Restaurant Address Phone Number Distance from
Park Plaza
Davio's 75 Arlington Street 617-357-4810 140 feet
Via Matta Restaurant 79 Park Plaza 617-422-0008 180 feet
The Melting Pot Park Plaza Hotel 617-357-7007 274 feet
Smith & Wollensky 101 Arlington Street 617-423-1112 361 feet
Maggiano's Little Italy 4 Columbus Ave 617-542-3456 387 feet
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse 217 Stuart Street 617-292-0808 399 feet
Erbaluce 69 Church Street 617-426-6969 488 feet
Legal Sea Foods 26 Park Plaza 617-426-4444 .1 mile
Grille 23 161 Berkeley Street 617-542-2255 .1 mile
Troquet 140 Boylston Street 617-695-9463 .2 miles
P.F. Chang's China Bistro 8 Park Plaza D-6, Downtown 617-573-0821 .2 miles
Bristol Lounge 200 Boylston Street 617-338-4400 .2 miles
Teatro 177 Tremont Street 617-778-6841 .3 miles
Duozo 131 Dartmouth Street 617-859-8886 .4 miles
L'Espalier 774 Boylston Street 617-266-8800 .6 miles
Abe & Louie's 739 Boylston Street 617-536-6300 .6 miles
Capital Grille 900 Boylston Street 617-262-8900 .8 miles