For Students

For ALL Graduates attending either ceremony on Saturday, May 13, 2017:

For security and safety reasons, management at the Dunkin' Donuts arena requires graduates sitting on the arena floor to stay for the duration of the ceremony and are not permitted to enter late, exit or ascend into general admission seating.  We thank you for your cooperation.

Graduate Checklist

Doctoral Candidates

Doctoral candidates will arrange for their regalia directly through the Commencement Office. The cost to rent a doctoral tam and distinctive robe will be $50.00. To order, contact Patricia Nolin at (401) 456-9854 or at

Ceremony Information

You will receive several embossed invitations for the ceremonies in the mail as well as ten general admission tickets. Should you require more, please arrange to pick them up at Roberts Hall 302, anytime during regular business hours. Contact the Commencement Office at (401) 456-9854.

Guests should plan to arrive at 1:45 p.m.

Special accommodations for those with disabilities can be made with advance notice to the Commencement Office. Five working days' notice is required. Telephone: (401) 456-9854 (voice) or R.I. Relay 1-800-745-6575.

May and Summer degree candidates should check with the Records Office immediately if there is any question about your eligibility to graduate.

I. Commencement Exercises

The ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 13 at 2:30 p.m. in the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Robing time will be 1:45 p.m. Please arrive promptly so that the Commencement marshals will have time to put you in the correct sequence for the procession.

II. Where To Go (Robing and Procession)

Once you are in academic attire, please report to the following locations in the lower level of the Dunkin' Donuts Center.
Please ask your guests to attend to your personal belongings.

Ph.D., C.A.G.S., M.S., M.S.W. and M.S.N.
Assemble behind flags:
Ph.D.-Dark Blue flag
C.A.G.S., M.S. -Tri-color flag
M.S.W.- Citron flag
M.S.N.- Apricot flag

Assemble behind white flag, (this flag is toward the rear of the procession line)

M.A.T., M.Ed., M.M.Ed. and M.P.Ac.
Assemble behind blue flags
M.A.T. - Blue flag
M.Ed., M.M.Ed - Blue flag
M.P.Ac. - Drab flag

Degrees will be awarded to candidates in alphabetical order within each category. Please assist the marshals to whatever degree possible by keeping this in mind as you prepare for the procession. Once you are in line, your marshal will hand you an index card. In order that your name is pronounced correctly, there will be a space for you to phonetically spell your name. Please present it to the Reader when you reach the platform.
III. Diplomas
During the ceremonies you will receive a blank diploma case. Your diploma will be mailed to you within 6-8 weeks.
IV. About Regalia
Ph.D., C.A.G.S., M.S. and M.S.W. candidates will carry their academic hoods (over their left arms) during the procession and their approach to the platform. They will be hooded, on stage, as these are considered terminal degrees. All other masters degree candidates should wear their hoods for the procession.

Page last updated: Monday, March 6, 2017