Undergraduate Senior Events

Relax and unwind at the end of the semester with all the events that lead up to the commencement ceremony.

Commencement Fair

Wednesday, April 17th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. - A Commencement Fair will take place in the Global Heritage Hall Atrium. The fair will feature different departments and vendors relating to Commencement and Commencement Ball. You will also have an opportunity to pick-up your Commencement tickets at the fair! 

Countdown to Commencement Week

April 22nd - 27th - The Bookstore will hold its annual week-long event for graduating students!  All graduates are encouraged to come into the Bookstore during this time to pick up their regalia and take advantage of the "in-store" special offers which include: raffles for diploma frames, class ring discounts, and a one (1) time discount off clothing [a special coupon is provided during "pickup"] for this week only!  The Bookstore will continue to distribute caps and gowns every day from the start of this week to up until the day before Commencement - Friday, May 17.

Senior Commencement Ball

Saturday, May 11th - Commencement Ball for the undergraduate students of the Class of 2019 will be held at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Ticket sales will begin in April. Information on tickets and hotel rooms will be sent out via email from the Senior Class. For questions regarding this event, please contact the Student Program & Leadership Office at (401) 254-3088 or email classof2019@g.rwu.edu

President's Reception

Wednesday, May 15th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. - Interim President Workman will host a special reception for graduates at the University Residence.  Enjoy an evening celebrating your accomplishments with your fellow classmates!  Appetizers, beer and wine will be served. (ID will be required.) Shuttles will run continuously from campus to the Residence through the duration of the event.  Dress attire is business casual.  An email invitation will be sent out in March.  Due to space restrictions, this reception is for graduates only - no guests please.  An RSVP will be required to attend.  RSVP by May 8th to events@rwu.edu or 401-254-3166.


Thursday, May 16th at 12:00 noon - There will be a mandatory rehearsal on in the Campus Recreation Center Fieldhouse for all graduates who will be participating in the ceremony. All graduates must attend this rehearsal, as instructions regarding the ceremony will be given at that time. 


Thursday, May 16th (following rehearsal) - Members of the undergraduate class will enjoy a barbecue at North Campus Residence Hall lawn. (Rain Location: Upper Commons). This event is free to all RWU undergraduates participating in the commencement ceremony. Given the large number of graduates, guests, family members and undergraduates who are not graduating may not attend.   

Intercultural Center Senior Reception

This reception, by invitation only, celebrates seniors who embrace diversity and have exemplified intercultural learning while at RWU. (Date will be posted soon.)