Venue

Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Simmons Commencement is held at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion (formerly Bank of America Pavilion) at 290 Northern Avenue in Boston, Massachusetts.

General Information

Congratulations students, parents, and families!

We know commencement day is an exciting and busy day for students and their families. Please take a look at the information below to make this special day as seamless as possible!

Bags & Bag Check

Bags are allowed inside the venue, but we recommend bringing as little as possible. The fewer items you bring, the quicker you can enter the venue and pick the perfect seat to see your graduate. Guests, staff and graduates without bags may enter through our express lines. Otherwise, guests, staff and graduates with small bags may enter through one of our bag check lines.

Balloons

Unfortunately due to the proximity to Logan Airport and our waterfront location, balloons are not allowed inside the venue.

Concessions

We will have a variety of concessions available for purchase including water, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and a number of snacks.

Flowers

Forget to bring flowers for your graduate? Conveniently located at the front entrance, please see our flower vendor for any last minute purchases.

Handicap Drop Off & Pick Up

You may choose to drop off and pick up in front of the venue, our staff will be happy to assist you as you wait for the remainder of your party.

Outside Food and Beverage

You may bring either one factory sealed water bottle (i.e. an unopened Poland Springs or Dasani plastic water bottle), or an empty water bottle (no glass) to fill at one of our water fountains. Snacks can be brought in a one gallon zip-top bag. All other outside food and beverage, including: coffee, soda, sports drinks and food are not permitted inside the venue. Please be sure to enjoy these items before approaching the bag check line. Be sure to check out our listing of area restaurants!

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited from the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion: weapons of any kind, alcohol, illegal drugs or substances, glass containers and cans, large bags or oversized backpacks, laser pointers, selfie sticks, balloons, animals (except qualified service animals), fireworks, food and drink.

Public Transportation

The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is accessible via the Silver Line. Take either SL1(access to and from Logan Airport) or SL2. Both lines have access to South Station for connections to the Red Line and Commuter Rails.

Security

Along with bag check, we may also conduct wanding and or pat down procedures. Be prepared by removing all items out of your pockets ahead of time.

Smoking

Smoking is prohibited inside the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, per the Boston Public Health Commission. Please take this into consideration before entering the venue as we may not allow re-admission.

Weather

Weather can be unpredictable, especially here on the waterfront. We recommend you check the weather beforehand and dress appropriately. In the case of rain, umbrellas may be used to get you from your car to the front gates. We ask that you do not open umbrellas inside the venue or at the bag check area for the safety of our guests and employees. We recommend rain jackets and ponchos in this situation. It can also be quite chilly and windy inside the venue, we do allow small blankets but be sure to layer up. In the case of a hot and humid day, don’t forget a factory sealed water bottle to stay hydrated.

Wheelchairs

If you need assistance getting from the gates to your seat, please go to guest services, inside the front gates upon entering and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Accessibility Information

The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible. The Pavilion will have a few wheelchairs available for transport from car to seating only. Families with guests with mobility issues should drive to the front door of the Pavilion and a Simmons volunteer will be of assistance. Please contact us at commencement@simmons.edu if you have accessibility issues.

Security Measures at Venue

State and local police, Simmons Public Safety personnel and Blue Hills Bank Pavilion security personnel will be on-hand to assist with safety at the event, including inspection of bags and packages at all entrances.

We encourage attendees to avoid bringing over-sized bags of any kind if possible and not to leave any belongings unattended while at the Pavilion. Thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation.

If you have any questions related to public safety at commencement please contact Simmons Public Safety at 617-521-1112 or Simmons Public Safety at 617-521-1112.

Driving Directions

FROM Logan International Airport and Route 1A South/I-90 West:

Follow the signs towards I-90 West—Ted Williams Tunnel. Take the Ted Williams Tunnel 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. The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion will be approximately 1/3 mile ahead on the left.

FROM Western Massachusetts via the Mass. Turnpike / I-90 East:

Follow the Mass. Turnpike / I-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. The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion will be approximately 1/3 mile ahead on the left.

FROM points south via I-93:

Heading northbound on I-93 towards Boston, take Exit 20, which will be immediately after Exit 18. Follow the signs to I90 East. Take the first tunnel exit to "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. The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion will be approximately 1/3 mile ahead on the left.

FROM points north via I-93:

Heading southbound on I-93 towards Boston, take Exit 23, "Purchase Street", and get into the left lane. Take the first left onto Seaport Boulevard, the Moakley Bridge. Follow Seaport Boulevard for approximately one mile. Upon passing the World Trade Center buildings, Seaport Boulevard becomes Northern Avenue. The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion will be approximately 1/3 mile ahead on the left.

FROM points west via Storrow Drive:

Take Storrow Drive East to Leverett Circle and follow signs for I-93 South/Logan Airport. Once on I-93, take Exit 23, "Purchase Street", and get into the left lane. Take the first left onto Seaport Boulevard, the Moakley Bridge. Follow Seaport Boulevard for approximately one mile. Upon passing the World Trade Center buildings, Seaport Boulevard becomes Northern Avenue. The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion will be approximately 1/3 mile ahead on the left.

Directions Public Transportation (MBTA)

Silver Line T: Take the MBTA subway, commuter rail, or bus to South Station and connect to the Silver Line Waterfront Line. Take the Silver Line to the Silver Line Way stop. Visit www.mbta.com for further information.


Shuttle

Degree candidates may utilize the complimentary shuttle from the Residence Campus to the Pavilion.

Because May 18, 2018 is a regular business day at the Simmons, parking will not be available on campus.