We have no student records available for research use, but we do recommend strategies to find information in yearbooks, student newspapers, photograph collections, athletic photographs and programs, and other available sources.\
We have no student records available for research use, but we do recommend strategies to find information in yearbooks, student newspapers, photograph collections, athletic photographs and programs, and other available sources.
We can’t guarantee that you’ll find evidence of graduation in the Archives, but there are some sources you can check:
Most grads appear in the yearbook (1913-). Students who left before completing degrees are sometimes listed as “ex-men.”
Women earned graduate degrees from Boston College beginning in 1926. They entered the School of Nursing in 1947 and the School of Education – BC’s first fully co-educational School – in 1952. The university itself became fully coeducational when women were admitted to the School of Arts and Sciences in 1970.
Most grads are listed in commencement programs (1877-), but these are not digitized and the collection has some gaps.
The course catalog, the Boston College Bulletin (1868/69-) includes names of students (years) and alumni (in some volumes through 1915), along with end-of-year prize-winners.
BC’s student newspapers can be searched online for references that might narrow the dates of attendance.
The best source for finding an individual is the yearbook, Sub Turri. You can find it online (1913-2009). Look for senior portraits, team, club, and candid photographs in the year they graduated and the previous few years. If you prefer to see a hard copy or need a year that is not online, a complete set of Sub Turri is available in Burns Library. O'Neill Library also has copies of Sub Turri from 1989 to the present. (Level 4; Call Number LD478 .S8.)
The best places to find photographs are the yearbook, Sub Turri (senior class portraits, student organization, team, and candid photographs), student newspapers, and Archives photograph collections. See our Photographs page as well.
Search for the name in the Libraries’ catalog/website and in the photograph collection finding aid, using nicknames or alternate spellings to widen your search. Alumni papers include collections of material about some athletes.