Commencement Venue

Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion, formerly the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

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

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.


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.


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


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

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!

Accessibility Information

The Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion is ADA compliant and wheelchair accessible. There are reserved seats for guests in their own wheelchairs. Additionally, 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.

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. 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.

Commencement will be close captioned for viewing on large screens.

Please contact us if you have accessibility issues.

Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited from the Rockland Trust 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.


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


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.

State and local police, Simmons Public Safety personnel and Rockland Trust 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.