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Congratulations to the graduates and families of the Class of 2014!

Commencement Exercises and related events are quickly approaching!  This year's Commencement Exercises will be held on Saturday, May 17 for undergraduate and graduate students.  The ceremony will begin at 10am with the processional entering the tent at approximately 9:30am.  We encourage all guests to be seated by 9am to ensure they will see the processional.  This website should be your source of 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 informaiton becomes available and the day draws closer.  As always, should you need assistance or have concerns, please contact the Commencement Office (Department of Conferences) at 401-254-3067. 

2014 Honorary Degree Recipients and Speaker Announced:

 In celebration of the growing array of community projects in which RWU students and faculty are partnership across the State to improve quality of life, Rhode Island Governor Lincoln D. Chafee will address the Class of 2014 and receive an honorary degree during the University ceremony on May 17.

 Pulitzer Prize-winning author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin – writer of The Bully Pulpit and Team of Rivals, among other bestsellers – will also be awarded an honorary degree.

 Key Dates for Commencement Related Activities:

Wednesday, May 14 graduates are invited to a reception hosted by President & Mrs. Farish from 5:30-7:30pm in GHH.  Dress is business casual and graduates must rsvp to or call 254-3154.

Thursday, May 15 graduates will participate in Commencement Rehearsal at 12 (noon) in the Fieldhouse and then off to the Class BBQ on campus!  Free food, music and give-aways!

Saturday, May 17  COMMENCEMENT DAY! Graduates must be in the Fieldhouse for 8:15am to check-in and line up. 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, magna cum laude 3.6, and cuma laude 3.4. Those graduates receiving high honors will have the honor listed on their name card they pick up when they enter the Fieldhouse. These honors are based on fall semester cumulative average.  Student 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 PC’s and Macs, and will also work for mobile devices.