BU Commencement Weekend 2023: Riverboat Cruises on the Charles

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BU Commencement Weekend 2023: Riverboat Cruises on the Charles

Purchase tickets online starting Wednesday, February 1.

By Boston University Events & Conferences

When and where

Date and time

Saturday, May 20 · 11am - 4:30pm EDT


Boston University: The Docks Deerfield Dock Boston, MA 02215

Refund Policy

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About this event

Relax with family and friends as you cruise down the Charles River.  See the sun playfully reflect off the State House Dome and marvel at the beauty of Boston’s skyline during this 30-minute narrated tour. 

Boats depart from the Deerfield Dock, with access across the footbridge on Silber Way. See Map

Snacks and beverages are available for purchase on-board, including a cash bar. Cruises are covered, and will be held rain or shine.

Cruise Information:

Duration: 30 minutes

Departure Location: Deerfield Dock

Cost: $10 per person

Departure times:

11:00 am | 11:15 am | 11:40 am | 11:55 am | 12:20 pm | 12:35 pm | 1:00 pm | 1:15 pm | 1:40 pm | 1:55 pm | 2:20 pm | 2:35 pm | 3:00 pm | 3:15 pm | 3:40 pm | 3:55 pm

Ticket Sales:

Ticket sales begin on Wednesday, February 1, 2023. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Boats do sell out. Online ticket sales will close Friday, May 19, 2023 at 5 pm EDT.


Order cancellations must be submitted by 5 pm EDT on Monday, May 15, 2023 in order to receive a refund. Refunds will not be given after May 15, 2023.


If you have a guest with accessibility needs, please contact commencement@bu.edu for more information. 


Do I need to purchase a ticket for my infant / young children? Yes, tickets do need to be purchased for all infants and children in accordance with U.S. Coast Guard Regulations. 

What is your inclement weather policy? All boats are fully covered and will sail rain or shine. 

Is food or beverage available onboard? Yes, snacks and beverages are available for purchase on the cruise, including a cash bar.

Could a convocation be scheduled at the same time as a boat? Yes, please check the complete schedule if you aren't sure of the time of the school/college convocation you plan to attend.

For questions not answered above, please contact us at commencement@bu.edu or call 617-353-2248. 

Each year, Boston University entertains, enthralls, and celebrates with graduates, families, and friends during Commencement Weekend. These events, specifically for graduates and their guests, serve as the ultimate celebration of our students' hard work. 

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About the organizer

Events & Conferences was established in the spring of 2009 to provide comprehensive, professional event coordination services to the University community, guests to the BU Campus and external clients.