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  • Information for Graduate Students - Commencement

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.

The Graduate Hooding Ceremony

Graduate students are also invited to participate in a special Graduate Hooding Ceremony the week of commencement.   At this ceremony, 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

If you have any questions, contact the Office of Conferences at (401) 254-3067 or