Commencement 2021

A modified version of Commencement events will be held April 30 to May 2, 2021.

The University will host Commencement ceremonies in person for graduating students, in accordance with public health protocols. Families and friends will attend virtually rather than in person.

Commencement planning is being guided by two key priorities:

  • Commencement 2021 will be planned and held in a manner that is healthy and safe, including being fully compliant with the University’s COVID-19 Campus Safety Policy and the rules and regulations governing events promulgated by the State of Rhode Island.
  • Commencement planning will focus on the experience of graduating students. Commencement is a recognition and celebration of the academic accomplishments of graduating students, and they will be the focus of University planning efforts and events.

Plans to celebrate and recognize the academic achievements of graduating students is ongoing and this website will be regularly updated as details are confirmed.


Students must apply to graduate in Banner. Deadline to apply is April 1.

Additional Information for Graduate Students

Learn about the essential steps to prepare for Commencement.