On the Day of the Main Ceremony
If rain is forecast, the University will make a decision on the morning of Commencement, Sunday, May 21, as to whether to hold the event at the Ryan Center. Alerts will be posted here and at uri.edu. Additionally, the commencement hotline, 401.874.1234, will have the latest weather updates and an emergency alert will be sent.
Tickets are required if it rains. Graduates are limited to two, complimentary tickets, which must be ordered online Only graduates may order rain tickets, which will be available starting April 14. Pick up tickets at the Ryan Center or print them via your student ticketing account at Ryan Center Tickets.
Students in their caps and gowns will be admitted with their URI ID.
Ryan Center Rain Schedule
The Ryan Center opens at 10 a.m. for students and guests with tickets. The ceremony begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at about 2 p.m. The College of Arts and Sciences ceremony begins between 2:30 and 3 p.m. All other college ceremonies will remain at their designated venues, rain or shine.
Procession and Seating
Students and faculty: View the Ryan Center Line Up Map to see where their Colleges will gather for the procession and be seated. Guests: review The Ryan Center seating map shows areas available as well as where students from each college will be seated.
Guests Without Tickets
The ceremony will be streamed on URI’s Livestream channel and livecast to Edwards Hall, Memorial Union Ram’s Den, Mackal Field House, and Keaney Gymnasium. Doors to the viewing venues open at 11:30 a.m. Also, WRIU 90.3 FM will be broadcasting the event.