We have compiled the following important information for graduate students and their families. Please note that only graduate students who have applied for and have been authorized to appear on the graduation list can participate in the Commencement Ceremony. This requires all students to have received financial clearance from the Bursar’s Office and confirmation of graduation status from the Registrar’s Office. Students whose name does not appear on the list cannot participate in the ceremony under any circumstances. No exceptions will be made.
To see if your name is on the graduation list, visit the tentative graduation list which will be posted the first week in February on the Registrar’s website. This list is updated every Friday. Should you have any questions regarding your status, please contact Anabela in the Registrar’s Office at 401-254-3151.
Graduate students are also invited to participate in a special Graduate Hooding Ceremony on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6pm in the Campus Recreation Center Gymnasium. Graduate students will receive their graduate "hoods" from their Program Director and Academic Dean. Following the ceremony, there is a reception for graduates and their guests. Graduates are allowed 6 guests for this ceremony. To RSVP to participate, please go to Graduate Hooding RSVP.
Please arrive by 5:00 PM and go to the Field House in the Campus Recreation Center. We have asked you to arrive by 5:00 PM so we will have ample time for instructions and for you to take a picture with your Dean, Director and fellow students in your program.
You are requested to wear your cap and gown, but carry your hood. Your hood will be placed on you by your Dean and Director during the Ceremony. Please be sure to get your gown ahead of time so that you can steam it.
Parking has been made available for you in Lots 11 (just past the Campus Recreation Center and the mail-room on your left). These are the lots to the right of the mail-room building. Parking for guest(s) is available in Lots H and I (guests should enter through the North Entrance Gate). These are the lots to the right of the New Residence Hall. A Shuttle will be running continuously from Lots H and I to the Recreation Center. If you or your guest(s) have any special needs, contact Kate Tobin in the Office of Public Safety at (401) 254-3703 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions, contact the Office of Conferences at (401) 254-3067 or email@example.com.
Each year graduate students are invited to apply for the opportunity to give the Student Address at the Graduate Hooding Ceremony. All graduate students who are eligible to participate in Commencement 2015 and meet the requirements outlined in the application are invited to become candidates for this honor.
The following information is provided to assist in the development of an appropriate speech.
Your application package should include ALL of the following components:
If you have questions, please contact Allison Chase Padula, Associate Dean of Students, at firstname.lastname@example.org or x3067.
Selection Process and Timeline
|Notice to graduate seniors / Call for Applications||February 13|
|Application / draft speech Deadline||March 2 by 12noon|
|Application / draft speech review by Committee||Week of March 16|
|Speeches to Committee||Week of March 24|
|Final Speaker chosen / notified||Week of March 30|
The commencement committee designates a committee to assist in the selection process. The Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and student representatives. Total number of committee members is between 5-7 individuals.
Final Speaker Responsibilities
The chosen finalist must be willing and available to revise and fine-tune the speech for time, content, word choice, clarity, speed, fact-checking, etc. Speaker works with a team of staff/faculty designated to assist in this process. Speaker must present an edited final version of the speech two weeks before the ceremony to Allison Chase Padula via email at email@example.com.