what if it rains?

In the event of inclement weather, the decision will be made the morning of Commencement, Sunday, May 22, if the main ceremony must be held at the Ryan Center.  Notices will be posted here, on the URI home page, on the commencement hotline (401.874.1234), and an Emergency Alert message will be sent.

Complimentary guest tickets are required, but limited: Each graduating student can receive two (2) rain tickets for use by their guests. After ordering online, tickets can be picked up at the Ryan Center or printed via your student ticketing account at Ryan Center Tickets.
Students will gain admission with their cap/gown and URI ID.

Ceremony Rain Schedule

10 a.m. – Doors Open for Ticketed Patrons & Graduates for Main Ceremony 

12:30 p.m. – Ceremony Begins 

2 p.m. – Estimated end of Main Ceremony 

2:30/3 p.m. – College of Arts & Sciences ceremony begins 


All other college ceremonies will remain at their designated venues, rain or shine.

Overflow Seating

The ceremony will be streamed on URI Live! 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.  WRIU 90.3 FM will be broadcasting the event.

At the Ryan Center

View the maps if the ceremonies held at the Ryan Center:

Procession: Students and faculty, view the Ryan Center Line Up Map to see where their Colleges will gather for the procession and be seated.

Guests: The Ryan Center seating map shows areas available as well as where students from each college will be seated.

Please Note: Ryan Center Tickets

If you have previously purchased tickets to any Ryan Center event online then simply log in using your Student ID and your personalized password. If this is your first time, you will need to register your account (student ID/password). The registration process only needs to be done once.  Rain Site tickets will be available for either pickup at the Ryan Center or on-line via your URI Student Online ticketing account:  Ryan Center Tickets.

Questions regarding your online student ticket account can be directed to the Ryan Center Box Office at 401.874.RAMS during normal business hours. The box office is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. through May 1. After May 1 the Box Office is open Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4.p.m.

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