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Paul G. Delaney '66, Chair of the BC Veterans' Alumni Network, thanks Gen. John J. Sheehan '62, USMC (Ret.) for his keynote address at the Second Annual Veterans' Reunion Reception on June, 2, 2012.

The Boston College Veterans Alumni Network (BCVAN) was established in 2011 to honor the University’s servicemen and women and to strengthen the bonds among alumni, veterans, and the greater BC community.

BCVAN is dedicated to:

  • Promoting, highlighting, and sponsoring University news and events for veterans and their families and friends, including the annual Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony and the annual Reunion Weekend Veterans Reception

  • Serving as a resource to all Boston College ROTC programs, including BC students who are currently participating and alumni who previously enrolled in the USMC PLC, NROTC, and AFROTC programs at Boston University

  • Providing mentoring and networking opportunities to current students and alumni who are transitioning from military to civilian life

  • Supporting members of the BC community who are currently deployed or serving on active duty, especially those stationed overseas 

All Boston College servicemen and women are automatically enrolled as members of BCVAN and will receive University communications concerning the latest news and upcoming events for veterans, their families, and friends.

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Do you have information about BC alumni who are currently serving or have served in the armed forces? If you would like to ensure that BC recognizes your veteran status or that of a fellow classmate or friend, email BCVETS@bc.edu and include your name, class year, branch of service, and email address.

Recent Events

Wreaths Across America 2013

13th Annual Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony

Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, 2013
Mass at St. Ignatius Church at 9:30 a.m.
Ceremony and Roll Call at Veterans Memorial Wall on Burns Lawn at 11 a.m.
Speaker: Capt. Robert L. Keane, S.J. '71, USN (Ret.)

To read a transcript of the speech by Capt. Robert L. Keane, S.J., click here.

3rd Annual Veteran's Reunion Reception 2013

Saturday, June 1, 2013 (Burns Lawn)

Wreaths Across America

Sunday, December 15, 2012

Charles and Mary-Anne Benedict '67 placed a wreath on the grave site of John Coll '66 at Arlington National Cemetery, as a part of the Wreaths Across America program.

12th Annual Veterans Day Remembrance Mass and Ceremony

Alumni recently gathered for the 12th Annual Veterans Day Remembrance Mass and Ceremony.  The event was open to all Alumni, Veterans, and members of the BC community.


Lieutenant Colonel George J. Harrington '80, MA ARNG Commander, 79th Troop Command (Homeland Security).  To read a transcript of the speech by LTC George J. Harrington, click here.

9:30 a.m. Mass at St. Ignatius Church

11:00 a.m. Remembrance Roll Call Ceremony at Veterans Memorial (tent on Burns Library Lawn)

Veterans’ Career Networking Event

October 16, 2012
Cadigan Alumni Center
Co-Hosted by the Boston College Veterans’ Alumni Network, the Boston College Alumni Association and the Boston College Career Center.

The event included a discussion panel of leading industry talent acquisition executives and a presentation with tips to present military experience in language that resonates with hiring managers.  

Past Events

Photos from the 2nd Annual Veterans Reception During Reunion Weekend 2012

Photos from the 1st Annual Veterans Reception During Reunion Weekend 2011

Click here to view the full gallery of event photos

Keynote Address by Gen. John J. Sheehan '62, USMC (Ret.)

View selected pictures from the 11th Annual Veterans Remembrance Mass and Ceremony on November 11, 2011

Related Links

Featured News from The Heights, the BC Student Newspaper:
Professor Profile: Vietnam Veteran Finds Vocation In Philosophy And Jesuit Ideals

Featured News from The Heights, the BC Student Newspaper:
Student Awarded No. 1 Cadet at Leadership Training Camp

Check out a recent Boston Globe article,
Fallen soldier’s lost medals returned to his family, to learn more about how one local couple used the Boston College Veterans Memorial website to return a fallen Eagle's medals to his family.

Fallen Eagle, Lucien Tessier ’65, Inducted into the BC Varsity Club Hall of Fame

Lt. Col. Daniel Arkins '81 recently received a Bronze Star Medal for his service as a brigade intelligence officer in Kabul, Afghanistan. After 26 years in the Massachusetts Army National Guard, Arkins is now in the U.S. Army Reserve and a member of the Advising Committee of the BC Veteran's Alumni Network (BCVAN). The College of Arts and Sciences alumnus recently discussed the honor with his hometown newspaper. 

Two Boston College Alumni Earn Prestigious Military Honor

They're Eagles of One Feather

Russell Takes ROTC Command at BC

On Veterans Day, ROTC Cadets Reflect

From Military to MBA

A Boston College Minute: The Boston College ROTC company holds an open physical-training session 

Emotional Send-off at Conte Forum for Massachusetts Guard Unit 

Boston College Farewell to the 182nd 

Serving Afghan Children—Capt. Michael Petit '05

Operation Outreach Afghanistan Newsletter

Army ROTC homepage

Boston College Veterans Memorial

The Boston College Veterans Memorial honors alumni who died in service to their country.  The BC Veterans Memorial Website contains a database of alumni veterans who died in conflict as well as other information about the Memorial and resources for veterans and their families.  To view the BC Veterans Memorial Website, click here.

Honor Flight

The Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created "solely to honor American's veterans for all their sacrifices."  The organization transports our heroes to Washington, D.C. to visit and reflect at the memorials.  Top priority is given to senior veterans- WWII survivors, along with other veterans who may be terminally ill.  To learn more about this organization, click here.