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Graduation Checklist

    • Undergraduates who have completed or are scheduled to complete degree requirements by December 2016, or May or August 2017 are eligible to participate in the ceremonies. Your receipt of commencement information or participation in the ceremony does not, in any way, constitute certification for graduation.
    • If you are unsure of your academic status, meet with your academic advisor to ensure that you have met the eligibility requirements.
    • At your College Ceremony, you will be called to cross the stage and will be handed a diploma cover. You will receive your actual diploma in August.
    • GPA requirements for graduating with honors: Cum Laude, 3.3; Magna Cum Laude, 3.5; Summa Cum Laude, 3.7. These designations are not specific to your major, but are overall.
  • Receipt of commencement information or ceremony participation does not, in any way, constitute certification for graduation.

    Please note that even if you are marching, your name will not appear in the Commencement Program if you have a FERPA restriction or an outstanding academic issue on your record.

    If you are unsure of your academic status, contact your academic dean or the Graduate School Office. (See Important Contact Numbers.)

    Graduate candidates: Participation in the graduate commencement ceremony acknowledges the completion of degree requirements and signifies academic accomplishment of the highest order.

    Graduate candidates eligible to march in the ceremonies include the following:

    • Those who have completed their degree requirements by August 2016, December 2016, or May 2017.
    • Those who will have completed their course work during or before the spring 2017 semester and will have successfully defended their dissertations/theses (if required) by April 21, 2017.
    • Those in programs with required internships who will have completed their course work during or before the spring 2017 semester; defended their dissertations/theses (if a dissertation or thesis is required) by Thursday, April 21, 2017; and completed their internships by Sunday, September 15, 2017.

    Undergraduate candidates: Those who have completed their degree requirements by December 2016 or May or August 2017 are eligible to participate in the ceremonies.

    • Check the spelling of your name. Your name as it is shown on e-Campus is what will be on your diploma, in the commencement program and in any local newspaper listing. You may also add a “degree name” if you wish to include your middle initial or name on the diploma.
    • By April 1, remove any restrictions you may have set including any FERPA holds that will prevent your name from appearing in the commencement program or in your local newspaper. To check your FERPA settings, log in to e-Campus then go to Self Service–> Personal Information –> FERPA Restrictions –> Edit FERPA/Directory Restrictions. To ensure your information is available in the program and to local papers, uncheck all boxes and click SAVE at the bottom.
    • Make sure your name, home address and email address are accurate.
    • Ensure that there are no sanctions or restrictions on your e-Campus record. It is your responsibility to review and resolve any sanctions in order to receive your diploma and be recognized at commencement.
    • Your address on e-Campus is where Enrollment Services will send your bachelor’s or master’s degree diploma.
    • If you plan to participate in the 131st Commencement Ceremony, you must wear academic regalia. Regalia may be purchased at the University Bookstore, April 1 until May 20. These items are not returnable. URI student ID is required.
    • Honor cords are not available at the bookstore and must be purchased directly from the honor societies.
    • The tassel is worn on the right until the degree has been conferred, at which time it is flipped to the left side.
    • What’s your color?
      • Arts and Sciences: B.A., white; B.S., golden yellow; B.M., pink; B.F.A., brown
      • Business Administration: drab (light brown)
      • Education and Professional Studies: B.G.S., light blue
      • Engineering: orange
      • Environment and Life Sciences: B.A., white; B.S., maize
      • Health Sciences: sage
      • Nursing: apricot
      • Pharmacy: B.S.P.S., olive; Pharm.D., black
      • Graduate School: Master’s, black; Doctoral, old gold
  • We ask that our graduates and guests respect the ceremony and all of the people involved by behaving in a dignified manner. In keeping with decorum and tradition, we ask that guests adhere to the following guidelines:

    • Please remain in your seats until the recessional begins
    • When names of students are read, please be considerate with applause so that all names are clearly heard
    • Confetti, balloons and noisemakers are not permitted at any ceremonies
    • The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited during the commencement ceremonies and related activities. We appreciate your cooperation.
    • Candidates for undergraduate degrees should assemble wearing cap and gown along Lower College Road in front of the Memorial Union at 12:00 Noon. Street clothing should be suitable for this special occasion.
      • The gown should be worn closed in front.
      • The cap should be worn flat or cocked slightly forward. The inside of the crown of the cap usually has a mark indicating which point is the front of the cap. That point should face forward when the cap is worn. 
      • The tassel should be worn over the left front edge of the cap.

    Candidates should assemble into four, single-file lines, A, B, C, D, as indicated below. The lines are sub-divided into sections according to college and degree program so that candidates from each of the colleges can process onto the Quadrangle and be seated in groups. 

    • Line A begins with Arts and Sciences BA degree candidates whose last names begin with the letters A through L and continues with Arts and Sciences BA degree candidates whose last names begin with the letters M through Z
    • Line B begins with Arts and Sciences candidates for the BFA and BM degrees, followed by Arts and Sciences BS candidates, then Nursing candidates, then Engineering candidates
    • Line C begins with candidates for the BIS degree, followed by Business Administration candidates, and ends with Environment and Life Sciences candidates
    • Line D begins Health Sciences candidates, followed by Pharmacy candidates.

    A sign pole and sign will mark the front of each line, as well as major divisions within each line.

    Note: Unless notified otherwise by your college marshal, you need not be in alphabetic order within the lines. You should make sure, however, that you assemble in the correct line and into the correct part of the line reserved for your college and degree program so that you can be seated correctly on the quadrangle.

    • If you had a senior portrait taken, you do NOT need to order a yearbook. A single copy of the yearbook is included with the sitting fee. Yearbooks can be ordered from Jostens for $60 each.
    • Yearbooks will include pictures from Commencement and will be mailed in late fall to the address you provide. For more information or to order additional copies of the yearbook, contact the Renaissance yearbook staff at 401.874.5897 or
    • URI branded generic printed announcements, suitable for mailing to family and friends, are available from the URI Bookstore (401.874.2722). Personalized printed announcements are available from Jostens; please allow 4-8 weeks for printing.
    • Formal photographs taken as you are handed your diploma cover may be ordered from Grad Images (800.424.3686).
    • Information on commemorative graduation rings is available from the URI Bookstore. During graduation and other advertised dates representatives from the ring company will be at the store to display the ring samples and take the graduate orders throughout the academic year. To order please contact the bookstore or email Nancy. Students may visit the bookstore or call for more information (401.874.2722).
    • The URI Bookstore sells flowers the day of commencement at designated sites on the Quadrangle, in the Memorial Union, at the Keaney Complex and Pharmacy Quadrangle.
    • URI branded diploma frames and URI novelty gifts can be purchased at the bookstore on campus or online.
    • The URI Bookstore is open on Saturday, May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on Sunday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A satellite location in the Ryan Center will be open (days and times TBD)
    • Please visit the URI Bookstore website for more information.
    • The URI Alumni Association is excited to welcome the wonderful Class of 2017 into the alumni community. We have tons of programs, social events, and networking opportunities designed specifically for you! Visit the Young Alumni page of the URI Alumni Association website and check out our Top Ten Tips To Keep Your Rhody Ties Strong. 
    • Find out more about your Alumni Association at
    • Members of your Class of 2017 will launch a student-led initiative to raise funds in support of the University of Rhode Island.
    • As graduating seniors and the newest group of young alumni, this is your chance to recognize the efforts of past and current donors by becoming a donor yourself.
    • To encourage significant participation from members of the Class of 2017 by June 30, gifts of any size will count and all will make a difference! (More information.)
  • If you are interested in applying to be the senior speaker at Commencement please click here for more information.


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