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Graduation Checklist


  • Undergraduates who have completed or are scheduled to complete degree requirements by December 2015, or May or August 2016 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.

Update e-Campus – Check your name

  • 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.

Caps, Gowns and Hoods

  • If you plan to participate in the 130th Commencement Ceremony, you must wear academic regalia. Regalia may be purchased at the University Bookstore, April 1 until May 21. 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)
    — Continuing Education: B.G.S., black and white
    — Engineering: orange
    — Environment and Life Sciences: maize
    — Human Science and Services: red
    — Nursing: apricot
    — Pharmacy: olive

Ceremony Etiquette

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.

Yearbook, Announcements and Photographs

  • 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
  • Information on printed announcements, suitable for mailing to family and friends, is available from the URI Bookstore (401.874.2722) and Jostens.
  • Formal photographs taken as you are handed your diploma cover may be ordered from Grad Images (800.424.3686).

Keep in Touch!

  • As a new graduate, your first year of membership with the URI Alumni Association is free! Visit this page to register and see all the amazing benefits and services that await you.

The Rhody Senior Challenge

  • Members of your Class of 2016 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 2016 by June 30, gifts of any size will count and all will make a difference! Click here for more information.

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