Class of 2022 Commencement

 

2023 RWU Commencement will be held on Friday, May 19, 2023.

 

 

University Commencement Class of 2022 Schedule

PHASE I

Main Commencement Ceremony:  Main Athletic Field behind the Campus Recreation Center, Bristol Campus

8:00 AM – Gates open on Athletic Field for guests to be seated.  Guests must be seated by 8:45 AM.

8:00 AM – Students report to Fieldhouse in the Campus Recreation Center

8:30 AM – Instructions given to students in Fieldhouse

8:45 AM – Processional begins from the Fieldhouse to Athletic Field (please note:  there is no tent.)

9:30 AM – Ceremony begins

10:30 AM – Recessional

11:00 AM - 12:30 PM – Boxed lunch pick up for Wave 2 students +2 guests on the lawn in front of MNS

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM – Boxed lunch pick up for Wave 1 students +2 guests on the lawn in front of MNS

 

PHASE II

Ceremonies for individual schools begins.

Phase II: Wave I

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM (followed by lunch)

(11:00 AM – Students & Faculty report to their designated meet-up locations)

School of Architecture, Art and Historic Preservation  – Quad tent 

Justice Studies – GHH Tent 

Gabelli School of Business – Practice Soccer Field Tent 

School of Law – Gym

 

Phase II: Wave 2

1: 30 PM – 2:30 PM (preceded by lunch)

(1:00 PM – Students & Faculty report to their designated meet-up locations)

Feinstein School of Humanities, Arts and Education – GHH Tent 

Feinstein School of Social and Natural Sciences – Practice Soccer Field Tent 

School of Engineering, Computing and Construction Management – Quad Tent

University College – Gym

 

CEREMONY MEETUP LOCATIONS:

All students, faculty, and platform parties MUST report to their meetup location 30 minutes prior to their school ceremony.

Ceremony SiteMeetup Location
Practice Soccer Field TentPractice Soccer Field - Back of Tent
Global Heritage Hall TentGHH Atrium
Quad TentOutside of Architecture Gallery
GymnasiumField House

Commencement Campus Map

 

PLEASE BE ADVISED: 
Roger Williams knows and values the importance of graduation and commencement to recognize all of our student accomplishments on their journey to earn a degree and what it means to them and their families and us. We continue to actively plan for an in-person Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2022 this spring! Final implementation of our in-person design and health and safety measures to follow will be shared on this page as we approach closer to the event date and have a sense of Covid numbers and any RI Department of Health guidance or large event requirements in place at that time. This page will be continually updated over the course of the semester.

Go Hawks!

As you focus on the ultimate goal of graduation and embark on the exciting next chapter of your life, the Center for Career and Professional Development is here to help. We will be hosting a variety of hiring events and programs throughout the semester as well as offering 1:1 Career Advising appointments available on Handshake HERE.   

Please find our featured hiring events and programs currently scheduled for Spring 2022 by visiting the events page on our website HERE and our Internship and Career Fair page HERE.   

 * Special Senior Event* Senior Professional Day!  Start your post-graduation journey with an updated professional online presence - come look and feel your best by taking a professional headshot. CCPD Career Advisors will also be there with resources and tips to jump-start your next steps after graduation! 

The CCPD is also responsible for collecting your Post Graduation Outcomes.   

What is the First Destination Survey about?    

  • The First Destination Survey is a very brief online survey taken through Handshake that asks what you are doing or plan to do upon graduation. Graduates are asked about their employment plans, and other plans such as graduate school, volunteer projects, etc. This information is averaged to provide prospective students, schools, and deans information regarding the class of 2022's outcomes! Further, for our professional schools, this outcomes data is critical for our specialized accreditations to demonstrate the quality of our programs. As you finalize your plans, we look forward to you sharing your outcomes with us.   

When should I complete the Survey?   

  • We know some of you have already started to secure your post-graduation opportunities which is an exciting next step and achievement. If you have already secured your post-graduation plans you can complete the survey on Handshake HERE.   

The CCPD will be participating in the Commencement Fair on April 20th. We look forward to connecting with each of you there and throughout the coming semester and are wishing you a successful next few months.   

If you have any questions please email ccpd@rwu.edu.   

Thursday, May 19th (following rehearsal, see information regarding rehearsal below) - Graduating students (including Graduate, School of Law, and University College students) will enjoy a barbecue at the North Campus Residents Hall Courtyard. This event is free to all students participating in the commencement ceremony. Given the large number of graduates, guests, family members and undergraduates who are not graduating may not attend.

Rain Location: Upper Commons.

Each graduating student will receive three (3) FREE lunch tickets.  (Register HERE). Boxed lunches will be provided starting at 11:00 AM through 1:30 PM on the lawn in front of Marine and Natural Science Building. Additional boxed lunches ($9.00/per lunch ticket) are also available at the above link. 

If you have any questions about the commencement boxed lunches please email scolliton@rwu.edu.

On Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 12:00 PM, there will be a rehearsal in the Campus Recreation Center Fieldhouse for ALL graduates participating in the ceremony on Friday, this includes, School of Law, Graduate, and University College Students. Important instructions will be given at the rehearsal, including arrival time, procession and recession into the tents, and school ceremonies. 

For any COVID related questions please visit our Reopening Roger website HERE.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: Roger Williams knows and values the importance of graduation and commencement to recognize all of our student accomplishments on their journey to earn a degree and what it means to them and their families and us. We continue to actively plan for an in-person Commencement Ceremony for the Class of 2022 this spring!  Final implementation of our in-person design and health and safety measures to follow will be shared on this page as we approach closer to the event date and have a sense of Covid numbers and any RI Department of Health guidance or large event requirements in place at that time.  This page will be continually updated over the course of the semester.

Go Hawks! 

Public Safety will allow curbside drop off for those needing special assistance to attend the main Commencement Ceremony. The drop off point will be located at the circle drive between the Law School and Performing Arts Center Guests should enter the campus through the north Campus entrance. Guests will be dropped off and then the driver will be directed to the general parking.  Every parking lot on campus has designated accessible parking spaces. 

Due to the high volume of folks that will be on campus walking around during Commencement we are not going to be able to have shuttles running inside campus. It would be far too dangerous, and it would take too long for them to get around. We recommend that if your loved one has a wheelchair, they should use it for Commencement.

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New England Surgical

Mobility Equipment Recyclers

Liberty Mobility

Q: What covid protocols will be in place for an in-person ceremony?

A: Our goal is to have a healthy and safe in-person commencement event for all the members of our community and their guests. As the status  of covid changes regularly, decisions on the covid protocols for masking, testing or vaccination status for the RWU Commencement 2022 ceremonies will be determined and communicated closer to the event date.

 

Q: I’m vaccinated / my family is vaccinated / my graduate is vaccinated. Are we still required to wear a facemask at Commencement? 

A: RWU will continue to require indoor masking for all students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors regardless of vaccination status. This is subject to change

 

Q: Will it be livestreamed? 

A: Yes, on the day of Commencement the link will become live. 

 

Q: When will I receive my diploma? 

A: Diplomas will be mailed to you during the summer. Please make sure your address is up to date with the Registrar’s Office.

 

Q: What is the Commencement Fair?  Do I have to attend?

A:  Commencement Fair is coordinated by your Class Officers to provide information regarding Commencement and Commencement Ball. Students will be emailed with the various offices and services that will be at the Fair. Students do not need to attend the fair

 

Q: What is the attire for Commencement?

A: All ceremonies will take place outside on fields. Please dress accordingly for the weather and be sure to wear appropriate shoes.

 

Q: How do I apply for graduation?

A: Students intending to graduate in May 2022 must complete a degree application on RogerCentral.

 

Q: I have two majors can I walk with both?

A: Graduates participating in Commencement will walk with the school their Primary major is assigned.

 

Q: Once my graduate's name is called and he/she crosses the stage, can we leave? 

A: No. Out of respect for the other graduates, all graduates and their guests are expected to stay until the ceremony is over.

 

Q: Is there a charge for the cap and gown?

A: No.

 

Q: Can I decorate my cap? 

A: YES!  Your cap is yours to keep. We kindly ask that you be mindful and respectful in your decorations.

 

Q: How will I be notified about Commencement happenings? 

A: You will receive Commencement information and updates on your RWU email. Please make sure to communicate this information to your families!

 

Q: If I cannot attend will my name still be listed in the program?

A: Yes. Graduates who would like their name to appear in the Commencement Program must have all paperwork required to update your graduation status in to the Registrar's Office and be cleared for graduation by May 1, 2022. Anything received after that date may not be included in the printed program because of print deadlines. 

 

Q: How long does the ceremony last?

A: The main ceremony will be 1 hour and the individual school ceremonies will be 1 hour.

 

Q: How do I know if I am eligible to graduate?

A: Students should check Roger Central on eligibility for graduation. Students can Participate in Commencement with no more than two remaining courses including Incompletes. Please discuss any questions you may have with your faculty advisor or Dean’s office.

 

Q: Will my picture be taken?  How will I get my pictures?

A: Please go to the expandable Photography section on this webpage for this information!

Those students intending to graduate in May 2022 must complete a degree application on RogerCentral.

Degree applications were due November 1. If you have not submitted your application, please do so immediately. Completing your application notifies us of your intention to graduate and places your name on the tentative graduation list

Students who complete degree requirements in the Winter Intersession graduate in May.  If you previously applied to graduate at the end of the Spring 2022 semester and find that your plans have changed, please email graduationcoordinator@rwu.edu, and they will correct your graduation date. 

Please note: graduates who would like their name to appear in the commencement program must have all paperwork required to update your graduation status in to the Registrar's Office and be cleared for graduation by May 1, 2022. Anything received after that date may not be included in the printed program because of print deadlines. 

All graduates should check Roger Central User Options-User Profile for the most updated mailing address on record and update if needed to insure that important information and your diploma will reach you.

The Commencement ceremonies have changed for 2022. All graduate students will participate in the Main Commencement Ceremony alongside undergraduate and law students. You will process for your master’s hood and degree in your respective school ceremony in Wave I or Wave II as indicated in the schedule above. Graduate and Law students are also encouraged to participate in a special President’s Reception exclusively for graduate and Law students on Tuesday, May 17th, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Global Heritage Hall Atrium. Graduating students will receive an invitation via email and RSVPs are due by May 10th to events@rwu.edu.

Eligible graduates are encouraged to apply to sing the National Anthem on their Commencement Day!  All students who have been cleared for graduation are eligible to apply. 

National Anthem Singer Applications are available HERE! 

Requirements and auditioning information are included on the applications. The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 18, 2022 by 5:00 PM For questions regarding this application process, please call 401-254-3166 or email events@rwu.edu

Hotels

Please visit the University's Accommodations page for a full list of hotels and bed & breakfasts in the area.

Concessions on Campus

Hawk's Nest (Campus Recreation Center) and the Global Cafe (bottom floor of the Global Heritage Hall) will be open for anyone wishing to purchase a beverage or food throughout the day.

Florist

Commencement Flowers Inc., a professional florist, will be on hand before and during Commencement. They will be located near the front entrance to the tent on the field. For your convenience, you can pre-purchase and reserve flowers ahead of time and have them available for pick-up at Commencement. Please visit their website at https://www.thecommencementgroup.com/rogerwilliams/

Island Photography will take the traditional picture as graduates are hooded and after they step off stage with their diploma. Island Photography will contact graduates after Commencement provided the student has given their contact information. For more information, please go to their website at www.islandphoto.com or at 800.869.0908. 

Additional professional photographers will also be on site during and after the ceremony to take photos of graduates. These photos will be shared on the website after Commencement for families to view and download.

Families are encouraged to take photos of their graduate before and after the ceremony.  No standing at seats and/or blocking aisles will be allowed during the ceremony.

All eligible graduating undergraduate students, including University College students, only (no guests) are invited to a reception with the President Monday, May 16, from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM in the Global Heritage Hall, Atrium. Eligible graduates will receive an email invitation and must RSVP by Wednesday, May 4 to events@rwu.edu. Business attire is required for this reception.

All eligible grad and law students are invited to a reception with the President on Tuesday, May 17, from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM in the Global Heritage Hall, Atrium. Eligible Grad Students will receive an email invitation and must RSVP by Tuesday, May 10 to events@rwu.edu.

If you cannot find your answer on this webpage or need further help, please see the departments below to contact:

QuestionDepartmentEmail/WebsitePhone
General Commencement InformationCommencement Office/Special Eventsevents@rwu.edu401-254-3166
Caps & Gowns, Rings, Frames, Graduation AnnouncementsBookstore

bksrw@bncollege.com

401-254-3036
Outstanding BillsBursar

bursar@rwu.edu

401-254-3520
Lavender GraduationIntercultural Centerzquezada@rwu.edu 401-254-3591
Degree Applications, Graduation eligibility, Diploma questions, Address Change, Honors TasselsRegistrargraduationcoordinator@rwu.edu401-254-3151
Student Commencement Speaker ApplicationStudent Lifencosta@rwu.edu401-254-3151
Senior Events, Commencement FairStudent Programs & Leadershipclassof2022@g.rwu.edu401-254-3042
Senior PortraitsStudent Programs & Leadershipstudentprograms@rwu.edu401-254-3088

Regalia

Only students eligible to graduate (confirmation by Registrar's office) and cleared by the Bursar's office to order and/or pick up their regalia.  The bookstore will have a list of students that have been cleared for their regalia. Students who have outstanding bills with the Bursar's Office are considered "not cleared" and cannot pick up their regalia until they meet with the Bursar's Office and make amends.  Upon doing this, the Bursar's Office will give the student a "CLEARED" note to give to the Bookstore to pick up their regalia.Please note - you do NOT need to order your regalia. 

TO PICK UP YOUR REGALIA FROM THE BRISTOL CAMPUS BOOKSTORE:  You will need to bring your RWU Student ID. The Bookstore Hours are Monday/Tuesday 9 AM -5 PM; Wednesday-Friday 9 AM - 4 PM; Saturday 10 AM -2 PM.

You can pick up your cap & gown beginning the week of March 28th. 

University College Students - please go to the UC Student drop down for additional cap & gown information!

If you have elected to learn remotely this year or have questions regarding caps and gowns, please contact the bookstore at  bksrw@bncollege.com.

 

FAQ:  Can I decorate my cap?  YES!  Your cap is yours to keep.  We kindly ask that you be mindful and respectful in your decorations.

Tassels and Cords

Tassels and cords are distributed by the graduates respective honor society or organization.  Graduates should make sure they contacted their respective supervisor or organization to secure their cords and have them prior to Commencement.

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 check-in for their scheduled Grad Walk. 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. 

Honors Tassels & Name Cards for Commencement 

  • Students’ name cards will be available for pickup in the Field House the morning of commencement, beginning at 8:00am.   
  • Students that have earned Latin Honors will be given an honors tassel when they pick up their name cards.   
  • It is extremely important that students that have earned Latin Honors pickup their name cards in the Field House prior to the start of the main commencement ceremony as honors tassels will not be available at any other location. 

Honors

Students’ honors will be calculated based on their cumulative GPAs at the end of their final semester.  Please see the “Graduation with Honors” section under Academic Regulations and Policies in the Academic Catalog (click HERE) for questions regarding the calculation of honors. Honors tassels will be distributed by the Registrar’s Office. 

Questions regarding Honors tassels? Contact the Registrar's Office HERE.

School of Law Graduates Commencement Tickets

  • Each Law School Graduate will receive four guest tickets to the School of Law Ceremony and six tickets to the main RWU Commencement Ceremony. Tickets will be distributed to each graduate at the Mandatory Commencement Meeting on April 13 or mailed to the graduate. If you have questions, please email lawevents@rwu.edu.

All School of Law graduates are invited to participate in the Main Roger Williams University Commencement Ceremony. This campus-wide celebration will be followed by a School of Law specific ceremony from 11:30 AM - 12:30 AM (Wave I) in the Gym as indicated in the schedule above. For more School of Law Commencement details and information go HERE.

Law students are also invited to a special President’s Reception exclusively for graduate and law students on Tuesday, May 17th, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM in the Global Heritage Hall Atrium. Graduating students will receive an invitation via email and RSVPs are due by May 10 to events@rwu.edu.

Fire Regulations

Fire regulations prohibit anyone from standing in the aisles under the tent. All egress paths must remain free and clear of obstructions.

Prohibited Items

Large bags, balloons, signs, noisemakers, confetti, bullhorns, alcohol, and any other object and/or substance that would prove disruptive to your fellow guests will NOT be allowed at any ceremony.

Pets

Only service animals specifically trained to assist a person with a disability are permitted at Commencement.  The service animal must wear its credentials.  No pets are allowed.

The Main Ceremony & The School of Law individual school ceremony WILL be ticketed.

If you have any questions, please refer to the Commencement Website or email events@rwu.edu.  

University College Graduates 

  • You can pick up your Commencement tickets on the Bristol campus OR arrange to pick them up on the PVD campus on the following dates:
    • Each student will receive 6 tickets!
    • April 19th, 2022 & May 2nd, 2022 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Office 320 
    • You MUST be on the eligible to walk list & present a photo I.D. to pick up your Commencement Tickets! 
    • If picking up on the Bristol Campus the office is open, Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. We are located on the 2nd floor of the Admissions building, office 212.

School of Law Graduates

  • Each Law School Graduate will receive four guest tickets to the School of Law Ceremony and six tickets to the main RWU Commencement Ceremony. Tickets will be distributed to each graduate at the Mandatory Commencement Meeting on April 13 or mailed to the graduate. If you have questions, please email lawevents@rwu.edu.

ALL OTHER Graduates

  • You can pick up your Main Ceremony Commencement tickets from The Commencement Office starting on Monday April 11th. We are located on the 2nd floor of the Admissions building, office 212. 

    • Each student will receive 6 tickets!
    • The Commencement Office will be open Monday – Friday from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM  
    • You MUST be on the eligible to walk list & present a photo I.D. to pick up your Commencement Tickets!  
    • The LAST day to pick up Commencement tickets will be Friday, May 13th, 2022 at 4:00 PM    

 

The gates to the Athletic Field where the Main Commencement Ceremony takes place open at 8:00 A. It is recommended that guests are in their seats by 8:45 AM if they would like to be seated before the processional enters the field. While we encourage guests to arrive early, no one is allowed onto the field before 8:00 AM.

Please, for the courtesy of others, there is no excessive seat saving.

Please note that the ceremony does take place outdoors on the main athletic field with no tent.  We urge all guests to be prepared and dress accordingly for the weather.

*COVID Disclaimer - see at top of webpage

Please plan to arrive early. Graduates living on campus must park in the parking garage only. Guests and graduates arriving from off campus must enter through the North Campus Access road and will be directed by Public Safety to appropriate parking lots. If you are entering campus via Metacom Ave you will be directed to park at Mt. Hope Farm. Public Safety will be present to direct guests to the appropriate lot. 

Handicapped Parking

Every parking lot on campus has designated accessible parking spaces.  Public Safety will allow curbside drop off for those needing special assistance to attend the main Commencement Ceremony. The drop off point will be located at the circle drive between the Law School and Performing Arts Center. Guests should enter the campus through the north Campus entrance. Guests will be dropped off and then the driver will be directed to the general parking.   

There are ample handicap parking spots in every parking lot on campus for guests requiring those needs. 

Due to the high volume of folks that will be on campus walking around during Commencement we are not going to be able to have shuttles running inside campus. It would be far too dangerous, and it would take too long for them to get around. We recommend that if your loved one has a wheelchair, they should use it for Commencement.

Please reference the Campus Parking map HERE.

Ticket pick-up

  • Providence Campus
    • April 19th, 2022 & May 2nd, 2022 from 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Office 320
  • University College Mixer
    •  May 11, 2022 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM, 3rd floor lounge
  • You MUST be on the eligible to walk list & present a photo I.D. to pick up your Commencement Tickets!

Cap & Gown pick-up

  • Stephanie will be at the Providence Campus on the following dates:
    • April 5th, 13th, 21st from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Location – 2nd floor café
    • April 29th 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, Location – 2nd floor café
    • May 2nd from 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM, Location – 2nd floor café
    • May 11th from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM, Location - 2nd floor

Please email Stephanie, srose@bncollege.com before picking up your cap & gown. She will need to know your height and that you're a University College student. You will need to show a form of ID. 

The Commencement ceremonies have changed for 2022. All University College students will participate in the Main Commencement Ceremony alongside undergraduate, graduate and law students. You will process for your degree in your respective school ceremony in Wave II from 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM in the Gym as indicated in the schedule above. Please note that there will be boxed lunches available to enjoy before your 1:30 PM ceremony. You can register for boxed lunches above.

University College students are invited to a reception with President Miaoulis and his wife, Heidi Maes, on Monday, May 16, from 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM in the Global Heritage Hall, Atrium. Eligible graduates will receive an email invitation and must RSVP by Wednesday, May 4 to events@rwu.edu. Business attire is required for this reception.

Please note - Be sure to check your contact information in Roger Central to ensure your diploma is mailed to the correct address!