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Congratulations to the graduates and families of the Class of 2017!

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This website should be your source for the most up-to-date information on all things Commencement related. We suggest you check this site regularly as we will continue to update it as information becomes available and the day draws closer. As always, should you need assistance or have concerns, please contact the Commencement Office in the Department of Conferences at 401-254-3067. 

The 2017 Commencement Exercises will be held on Saturday, May 20 for undergraduate and graduate students. The processional leading into the ceremony will step off at 9 a.m. with the ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. We encourage all guests to be seated by 9 a.m. to ensure the processional can move into the tent and guests get to see the full processional.  

Key Dates for Commencement Related Activities

Graduate students are invited to participate in the Graduate Hooding Ceremony on Tuesday, May 16 at 6 p.m. This ceremony and the following reception is for students earning a master's degree and is by invitation only. Graduates may invite up to six guests to attend this ceremony and reception. 

Graduates are invited to a reception hosted by President & Mrs. Farish on Wednesday, May 17 from 5:30-7:30pm in GHH. Dress is business casual and graduates must RSVP to or call 254-3154. Due to space limitations, this event is for graduates only.

Graduates will participate in Commencement Rehearsal on Thursday, May 18 at 12:00 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. Graduates will be briefed on the  ceremony and enjoy some time with each other before the big day! Free food, music and give-aways!

Saturday, May 20 is COMMENCEMENT DAY! Graduates must be in the Fieldhouse for 8:15 a.m. to check in and line up. Graduates must be on time as the processional (of which graduates are a part) begins at approximately 9:00 a.m. Graduates who are receiving tassels or cords from their respective honor societies and other organizations should make sure they have them prior to that morning. The only tassels given out on the morning of Commencement will be for high honors (summa cum laude -- 3.8 GPA, magna cum laude -- 3.6 GPA, and cum laude -- 3.4 GPA). Those graduates receiving high honors will have the honor listed on the name card they pick up when they enter the Fieldhouse. These honors are based on fall semester cumulative averages. Students must have completed at least 54 credits at RWU to be eligible to receive these honors. 

There will be a live stream of the Commencement Exercises at Ustream works well from both PCs and Macs, and will also work for mobile devices.