Saturday, June 4th
Rhode Island
Convention Center

doors open at 9:30AM

livestream begins at 10:15AM

Caps and Gowns

Students also need to reserve their caps and gowns. There will be a link sent out to register for the caps and gowns in early March and the deadline will be late April. The caps and gowns can then be picked up at the RISD Store the week leading up to Commencement.


Graduating students will receive an email in early March regarding Commencement, including reserving tickets.

Students can reserve up to 6 tickets, with the option of requesting more on a waitlist. They must reserve what they need in order to receive the tickets via the ticket reservation form. Based on demand, waitlist tickets allocated closer to the event. (Graduating students do NOT need a ticket for themselves)

Tickets are picked up at Carr House the week leading up to commencement. Guests must have a ticket to get into the ceremony, students must pick them up ahead of time. Tickets are open seating, first come first served. If your guests require special seating (handicapped access, etc), there is a place in the ticket reservation form to include that information. We ask that we receive those requests ahead of time in order to plan accordingly.

For Families

RISD is located just off of I-95 and I-195 on the East Side of Providence in the College Hill neighborhood.

Graduating Students

The Weekend

Friday, June 3, 2016

Special Ceremonies and Departmental Receptions

various divisions and departments host celebratory gatherings open to students, family and friends. Graduate students and guests are invited to special hooding events with their departments.

Literary Arts + Studies Concentrators Reception

College Building | Room 521

Interior Architecture Reception

Center for Integrative Technologies (CIT), 6th Floor Studio, 169 Weybosset Street

Rehearsal for Graduating Students

Rhode Island Convention Center One Sabin Street

Graduate Hooding Ceremony

First Baptist Church, 75 North Main Street

(students to line up at 12:45 pm, doors open at 1 pm)

History, Philosophy + The Social Sciences Concentrators Reception

Fleet Library at RISD | Material Resources Center

History of Art + Visual Culture Concentrators Reception

RISD Museum | Danforth Room

Saturday, June 4, 2016


Rhode Island Convention Center One Sabin Street, Providence



Registrar's Office

Transcripts / Academic status

Career Counseling

Student Accounts

billing questions/financial matters

RISD Switchboard

Student Affairs

general questions on Commencement