No, the Boston College Eagle Did not Fly Away During Graduation

Boston College's bald eagle mascot flew over Alumni Stadium as the commencement ceremony began.
Boston College's bald eagle mascot flew over Alumni Stadium as the commencement ceremony began. –STEPHAN SAVOIA/AP

There was a brief scare for those in attendance at Boston College’s graduation today when Challenger, a live bald eagle, appeared to fly away during the school’s commencement ceremony. Shortly after the eagle was released in the bleachers, it soared around Alumni Stadium and went out of sight, causing concern among some audience members.

But the eagle didn’t actually escape. There were two handlers from the American Eagle Foundation at BC, according to spokesman Jack Dunn, and Challenger flew from one handler at the football stadium to the other on baseball field without any incident, completing the most impressive pass in BC sports since Doug Flutie’s “Hail Mary’’ to Gerard Phelan.

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