Frequently Asked Questions for the Class of 2023

Learn more about plans for Commencement 2023.

Commencement for the Class of 2023 will be held from Friday, May 26 to Sunday, May 28, 2023. Please see the Weekend Overview for additional information.

Yes, all students need to apply to graduate via Banner web. Visit the Office of the Registrar website for important graduation deadlines.

Undergraduate students in the Class of 2023 can purchase their keepsake regalia at the Grad Fair in April. Graduate and medical students can purchase their regalia from the Brown Bookstore website by April 14.

Regalia (cap and gown) should be worn for the Baccalaureate Service on Saturday and the Commencement ceremonies on Sunday. Commissioning students and those with military service have the option to wear formal military attire in place of the cap and gown if they so choose and if permitted according to their status with the military.


Yes, we are excited to welcome families and guests to Commencement and Reunion Weekend.

The undergraduate ceremony for the Class of 2023 will not be ticketed. Some departmental ceremonies do ticket, so it is important to confirm this with your department in advance.

The 2023 Master's Commencement Ceremony may be ticketed, more information will be forthcoming. The Doctoral Ceremony is not expected to be ticketed. More details will be communicated once the ceremony information is announced.

The Warren Alpert Medical School 2023 Commencement will be ticketed. Each student will receive four tickets. Tickets will be distributed to the students on Saturday, May 27, during the mandatory rehearsal.

An invitation letter from Brown University is not needed to apply for a tourist/visitor visa for Commencement. International students in F1/J1 nonimmigrant status who wish to invite family members to attend Commencement can find pertinent information on the Office of International Student and Scholar Services website.

Class rings, announcements and diploma frames can all be purchased from the Brown Bookstore.

Undergraduate mid-year completers (22.5 and 23.5) are welcome to "walk" in either the May ceremony preceding or following their December completion. All mid-year completers should check in with their concentration directors to learn about their concentrations' specific guidelines. Diplomas are issued the May following the December completion.

All degree recipients, except for medical degree candidates, will receive their diploma by mail to the address provided on the Application to Graduate. We anticipate delivery from mid-June to mid-July, depending on location. Medical recipients will receive their printed diploma during their ceremony on Commencement day.

Undergraduate degree recipients will be individually recognized at their departmental ceremonies, where they will receive diploma covers. Students who have not indicated plans to attend Commencement via the Application to Graduate will have their cover mailed to them along with their diploma.

Master's and doctoral graduates also will receive diploma covers in their respective ceremonies on Commencement day.

Brown's alumni Reunion takes place during the same weekend as Commencement. More information will be posted on the Reunion website. Reunion student staff will be available throughout the weekend to offer assistance with event locations, directions on campus and in Providence, and any additional questions you may have.

Students and parents can order their yearbooks online. Any questions regarding yearbooks can be directed to

Email with any questions.