Undergraduate Students

Gather information about degree applications, getting your cap and gowns, tickets for the commencement ceremony and more.

Degree Applications

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Those students intending to graduate in May 2019 must complete a degree application with the Registrar's Office.

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. The degree application is available online on the Registrar's website HERE.

Students who complete degree requirements in the Winter Intersession graduate in May. If you previously applied to graduate at the end of the Spring 2019 semester and find that your plans have changed, please notify the Registrar's Office immediately at 254-3151, or via email at 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 in to the Registrar's Office and be cleared for graduation by May 1, 2019. 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 so that important information and your diploma will reach you. There is a form on the Registrar’s website to make these changes.

Caps & Gowns

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Graduates Caps & Gowns (Regalia) are distributed through the Bookstore in Lower Commons. The Bookstore will start to distribute regalia in April.  You must be on the approved graduation list from the Registrar’s office to pick up your regalia. The Bookstore will then continue to distribute caps and gowns EVERY day from the start of the Countdown to Commencement Week (April 22-27) up until the day before Commencement, Friday, May 17.

Tassels and Cords

Graduates who are receiving tassels or cords from their respective honor societies and other organizations should make sure they 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 enter the Fieldhouse. 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. 

Tickets (Undergraduate Ceremony)

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Graduates may invite as many guests as they would like, but must realize that seating under the tent is limited. To ensure each student's family is able to sit under the tent, each graduate will receive 6 tickets for seating under the Commencement tent. (Babies and children 2 years & younger do not need a ticket.) Additional guests may view the ceremony via simulcast from the comfort of the Campus Recreation Center Gymnasium.

Overflow Seating

There will be overflow seating in the Campus Recreation Center Gymnasium where the ceremony will be simulcast.  Guests may choose to watch the ceremony from here rather than the tent for comfort.  No tickets are required for Gymnasium seating.

Ticket Process

  1. Your name must appear on the Registrar's Graduation list.  Only graduates who have been cleared and appear on the official graduation list can pick up their tickets.
  2. Commencement Tickets will be available to eligible graduates starting Monday, March 4th at 8:30 a.m.
  3. Pick up your tickets from the Commencement Office located in the Alumni & Admissions Building, 2nd Floor, Room 212.  You may pick up your six (6) tickets during the hours of 8:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. NOTICE: Graduates must show a picture ID and sign for their tickets when picking them up.
  4. ONLY YOU can pick up your tickets*. Your parent, sibling, significant other, roommate, friend, etc. can NOT pick up your tickets for you.
  5. Alternative Hours: Tickets may also be picked up during the Commencement Fair on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 in the GHH Atrium from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  6. Don't lose your tickets!  Keep them in a safe place!  Leave them at home when you go on Spring Break. Tickets are only issued once.
  7. Deadline to pick up your tickets is 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. 


Graduates must pick up their tickets in person unless they graduated in December and/or only attend the Providence campus. If this is the case, please submit an email request for tickets to be mailed to Laura Kutsaftis at events@rwu.edu.  In your request, please include your name, ID and the address of where your tickets should be mailed. *IMPORTANT*: The Commencement Office is not responsible for tickets not received through the mail. Tickets are only issued once.

Extra Tickets: 

Due to limited capacity under the tent, each graduate receives 6 tickets to ensure each student can have family sit under the the tent. Please keep this in mind. There is overflow seating in the Gymnasium and there will be a live feed of the ceremony online. 

What if I need more tickets? 

  • First, ask your friends or classmates if they're using all their tickets. Not all students will use their allotted 6. 
  • Once the ticket pickup deadline has passed, if there are extra tickets, we will notify graduates via email.  Those extra tickets will be distributed AFTER the mandatory student commencement rehearsal. 
  • No extra tickets can be distributed until after the ticket pickup deadline.

Still have questions about tickets?  Contact events@rwu.edu or 401-254-3166

Class Rings, Graduation Announcements & Frames

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The Bookstore displays an assortment of college rings from our ring vendor Balfour. Catalogs are available in the store or interested students can get in touch with Balfour via telephone at 1.877.BALFOUR (225-3687) or online.

Graduation Announcements 

Celebrate the good news of your achievement with the following: personalized college announcements, which include the student’s name, degree and major, along with text for the school’s commencement ceremony. Inner and outer envelopes are included in various packages. We also offer envelope seals, with either a gold or silver foil applique, for sealing announcement outer envelopes in style, and personalized address labels to provide a more formal, finished look. The announcement display is located at the Bookstore and can be ordered with Balfour via telephone at 1.877.BALFOUR (225-3687), or online.


Choose from six (6) styles of diploma frames to display your degree. Diploma frames are displayed in the Bookstore and on their website HERE.


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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: www.islandphoto.com 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 ceremony. No standing at seats and/or blocking aisles will be allowed during the ceremony as everyone wants to see their student graduate.

Rehearsal & Ceremony

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On Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 12:00 p.m., there will be a mandatory rehearsal in the Campus Recreation Center Fieldhouse for all graduates participating in the ceremony on Saturday. Important instructions will be given at the rehearsal, including how you will process into the tent, walk across the stage, etc.  


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Ceremony Location: Tent on the Main Athletic Field, Bristol, RI 02809

Ceremony Time: 10:00 a.m.

Graduates must be in the Fieldhouse at 8:15 a.m. Instructions will begin at 8:30 a.m. The procession will begin at 9:00 a.m. out of the Fieldhouse. Graduates who arrive late will not be allowed to join the ceremony. Commencement exercises will begin at 10:00 a.m. and will take approximately two and half-hours.


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Yearbook photos will take place February 10-14 and March 19-22.  Questions regarding the yearbook can be directed to crossingsyearbook@g.rwu.edu


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We're here to help you on all Commencement related questions!   

DepartmentQuestion about...Email/WebsitePhone Number
Commencement Office (Special Events Dept.)General Commencement Information (Ceremony information, tickets, rehearsal, National Anthem Singer application process, etc.)events@rwu.edu401-254-3166
BookstoreCaps & Gowns, Rings, Frames, Graduation Announcements, Countdown to Commencement Weekwww.rwu.bncollege.com401-254-3036
BursarOutstanding Bills 401-254-3520
DiningCommencement Luncheon & Reservationsscolliton@rwu.edu401-254-3217
Intercultural CenterLavender Graduation, Lavender cordsgporcaro@rwu.edu401-254-3591
Public SafetyAccessibility, Parking & Handicap Seatingparking@rwu.edu401-254-3703
RegistrarDegree Applications, Eligibility, Graduation List, Name on Diploma, Address Change, Honors Tassels questionsgraduationcoordinator@rwu.edu401-254-3151
Student LifeStudent Commencement Speaker application processsbenevides@rwu.edu401-254-3042
Student Programs & LeadershipCommencement Ball, Commencement Fairclassof2019@g.rwu.edu401-254-3088
 Yearbooks & Senior Portraitscrossingsyearbook@g.rwu.edu