Class of 2020 Commencement Celebrations

*PLEASE BE ADVISED: The Commencement format below is ONLY if our current health crisis is under control and the state of Rhode Island allows large gatherings. Any of the following Commencement related schedules, locations, capacity, number of guests allowed, meals, times, etc. are subject to change at any time due to the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19. The University continues to follow and must comply with the state guidelines and regulations for events, and will change the format of Commencement to follow the public health guidelines to ensure our students, faculty, staff and families are safe.
Please continue to visit this page for up to date information and changes to our commencement plan. 

Class of 2020 Celebration Schedule*

The RWU community is thrilled at the chance to bring our 2020 graduates back to campus for their very own Commencement celebrations!  We hope to be able to follow the schedule below come May.  Please understand that these events may change and new restrictions could apply.

Graduates MUST complete the RSVP form below to attend any of the scheduled events:

Saturday, May 22, 2021President's Class of 2020 ReceptionUniversity Residence6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 23, 2021Class of 2020 Commencement CelebrationBristol Campus9:30 a.m.

If you'd like to attend any of the events above, please complete the Registration form below.  If you are unable to attend and would like the official Commencement 2020 program book mailed to you, please fill out the first section of the Registration form.

Class of 2020 Registration Form

If you did not have your regalia mailed to your home in Spring 2020, you will have an opportunity to have it shipped to you in Spring 2021.  Caps & Gowns are handled by the Bookstore and will post the date you can start retrieving them here on the website.

Cords and/or stoles are distributed by the respective program or department.  Please contact your advisor for details on specific cords.

Please note: Keep your regalia in good condition and in a safe place. Students are responsible for replacing their lost or damaged regalia in their possession.

Questions regarding cap & gown?  Contact the Bookstore HERE.

Students’ honors will be calculated based on their cumulative GPAs at the end of their final semester.  Honors tassels were mailed to graduates’ addresses with their diploma covers in October.  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.

Questions about honors tassels? Contact the Registrar's Office HERE.

Accommodations on Campus

Residential Life is able to offer some housing in the campus residential communities to graduates who are in need of a place to stay Saturday night.  Those interested in staying in the Residence Halls on Saturday night MUST complete the Class of 2020 Registration form at the top of this webpage. 


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

Available Hotel Room Blocks under Roger Williams University Commencement:

Bristol Harbor Inn
259 Thames Street, Bristol RI, 02809

Ramada Hotel
213 Taunton Ave, Seekonk MA, 02771

Fire Regulations

School Ceremonies: Fire regulations prohibit any guest to stand on the outskirts of tents. Everyone must be seated. Strollers should be placed along the back of the tent to keep aisles open for egress.

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.


Only Certified Service Animals accompanying their owner are permitted on Commencement Day. The service animal must wear its credentials. (View full pet policy HERE.)

    Professional Photography

    Island Photography will take the traditional picture as students receive their diploma as well as a still shot before students go on stage. Island Photography will contact graduates after commencement provided the student has given their contact information. For more information, please go to their website at: or call them at 800.869.0908

    An additional professional photographer 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 ceremonies. No standing at seats and/or blocking aisles will be allowed during any ceremony.

    General InformationCommencement Office/Special Events

    Caps & GownsBookstorewww.rwu.bncollege.com401-254-3036
    Commencement LunchesDiningscolliton@rwu.edu401-254-3217
    Parking & AccessibilityPublic Safetyparking@rwu.edu401-254-3703
    Diplomas & Honors TasselsRegistrargraduationcoordinator@rwu.edu401-254-3151