The Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is an open-air, tented amphitheater located on the Boston waterfront. 

Although most of the seating (approximately 5,000 seats) is underneath the tent, approximately 500 guests will be seated outside the covered area, regardless of the weather. All guests should check the forecast and be prepared for changeable weather. Large broadcast screens will facilitate viewing for those seated in the back of the pavilion.

An admission ticket is necessary for each guest, including children age three and older. Tickets are bar-coded and not replaceable. All seating is general admission. Snack concessions are available, and there are restroom facilities.

  • Safety and Security Procedures

    For your safety, the Blue Hill Banks Pavilion will have added security measures at its events.

    All large bags and backpacks will be subject to search by Pavilion security staff at the guest entrance and the graduating student entrance to the Pavilion. 

    There will be an express entrance line for ticketed guests and graduating students who are not carrying a large bag or backpack. You are encouraged to bring as a little as possible so the wait time for entry will be brief.

    Thank you for your cooperation in helping ensure your safety at this celebration!

  • Directions

    Address: 290 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA

    From Logan International Airport and Route 1A South/I-90 West
    Follow the signs toward 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. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion will be approximately 1/3 mile ahead on the left.

     

    From Western Massachusetts via Massachusetts Turnpike/I-90 East 
    Follow the Massachusetts Turnpike/Interstate 90 East to Exit 25 “South Boston.” At the top of the ramp, bear left toward 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. 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 toward Boston, take Exit 20, which will be immediately after Exit 18. Follow the signs toward I-90 East. Take the first exit to “South Boston.” At the first set of lights at the top of the ramp, proceed straight onto East Service Road. At the next set of lights, take a right onto Seaport Boulevard. Seaport Boulevard becomes Northern Avenue. 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 South, follow directions from Points North via I-93.

    From Points North via I-93
    Heading southbound on I-93 toward Boston, take Exit 23, “Purchase Street.” Take the first left, then another left onto Atlantic Avenue. Take your first right onto Seaport Boulevard, the Moakley Bridge. Follow Seaport Boulevard for approximately one mile. Seaport Boulevard becomes Northern Avenue. Blue Hills Bank Pavilion will be approximately 1/3 mile ahead on the left.


  • Parking

    For those driving to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, paid parking is available at the Seaport Hotel Garage, the EDIC Garage, Massport surface lots across the street from the pavilion, and other surface lots along Seaport Boulevard.

    • All parking lots are within a short walk of the pavilion.
    • The Seaport Hotel Garage can be accessed from Seaport Boulevard. The Seaport Boulevard entrance is at the intersection of Seaport Boulevard and B Street, three blocks away from the pavilion.
    • The EDIC Garage is on Northern Avenue. Follow Northern Avenue past the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, straight around the rotary, and the garage will be on the right.
  • Public Transportation

    Take the MBTA subway, commuter rail, or bus to South Station* and connect with the Silver Line Waterfront service. The Silver Line Waterfront is located one level above the MBTA Red Line, one level below the food court at South Station.

    The Bank of America Pavilion is located one block away from the Silver Line Way stop.

    If you are connecting via the Red Line, there is no additional charge; monthly MBTA subway, combo, and commuter rail passes are accepted as fare. Otherwise, the Silver Line Waterfront service costs $2 each way. Guests should have exact change for the return trip, as the drivers do not make change.

  • Local Arrangements - Hotels and Restaurants

    A variety of hotels and dining options are available in close proximity to the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. Other hotels are available in downtown Boston closer to the Suffolk campus. Commencement season in Boston means hotels and restaurants often sell out, so you should make your reservations early.

    An affordable housing option is available for Suffolk families attending University Commencement exercises in the Nathan R. Miller Residence Hall. Nightly rates begin at $79 for a single person and at $60 per person for 2-4 people. Breakfast and wireless internet are included. For more information, or for an application, please contact Residence Life at summerhousing@suffolk.edu or at 617-305-2500 ext 0.