Commencement

Commencement Overview - Class of 2018

This website should be your source for 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 information becomes available and the day draws closer. As always, should you need assistance or have concerns, please contact the Commencement Office in the Department of Special Events at 401-254-3166. 

The 2018 Commencement Exercises will be held on Saturday, May 19 beginning precisely at 10:00 a.m. for undergraduate and graduate students. The processional leading into the ceremony will step off at 9:00 a.m. We encourage all guests to be seated by 9:00 a.m. to ensure the processional can move into the tent and guests get to see the full processional.  

There will be a live stream of the Commencement Exercises at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/rwucommencement Ustream works well from both PCs and Macs, and will also work for mobile devices.

Key Dates for Commencement 2018 Related Activities:

Tuesday, May 15 - Graduate Hooding and Commencement Ceremony will be held beginning at 6:00 p.m. for graduate students completing their Master's degree.  This ceremony will take place in the Campus Recreation Center Gymnasium, followed by a light reception.

Wednesday, May 16 - President's Reception for Graduates hosted by President & Mrs. Farish from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Global Heritage Hall. Dress is business casual and graduates must RSVP to events@rwu.edu or call 401-254-3166. Due to space limitations, this event is for graduates only.

Thursday, May 17 - Commencement Rehearsal - Graduates will participate in rehearsal at 12:00 p.m. in the Fieldhouse. Graduates will be briefed on the ceremony and enjoy some time with each other before the big day!

Saturday, May 19 - COMMENCEMENT DAY - Graduates must arrive at the Campus Recreation Center Fieldhouse at 8:15 a.m.  Instructions for lining up will begin at 8:30 a.m. and the procession for graduates will promptly leave the Campus Recreation Center at 9:00 a.m.  Graduates who arrive late will not be allowed to join the ceremony. 

Please note: 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 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.