Commencement 2017

Civil Engineering Graduates

Congratulations, prospective engineering graduates! The University of Rhode Island is proud of your accomplishments and we are delighted to celebrate your achievement with you at the 131st Commencement Ceremonies on Saturday, May 20th (Graduate) and Sunday, May 21st 2017 (Undergraduate).

Undergraduate College of Engineering Commencement Ceremony – Sunday, May 21st 2017

The college ceremony is where families and friends are able to see the important moment – when the graduate crosses the stage, shakes hands with the Dean, and receives a diploma cover. Complimentary tickets are required for admission for all guests.


  • 8:00 a.m.: Candidates must check in at Keaney Gym.
  • 9:00 a.m.: College ceremony begins in Keaney Gym.

Tickets are Required for Admission: Each graduate will receive six complimentary guest tickets. Tickets must be picked up by the prospective graduate in the Dean’s Office in 102 Bliss Hall, Monday through Friday April 17th to 28th between 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m each day. Additional tickets for the Engineering ceremony may be requested at the Dean’s Office and available on a first come, first served basis.

Undergraduate University Main Commencement Ceremony – Sunday, May 21st 2017

  • 12:00 p.m.: Bachelor’s degree candidates assemble in academic attire in front of the Memorial Union on Lower College Road in areas that are designated for each college.
  • 12:30 p.m.: Commencement exercises begin on the Main Quad and run approximately 90 minutes. No individual undergraduate degrees are presented during this ceremony on the Quadrangle. No tickets required.

In the event of rain, the ceremony will be in the Ryan Center and rain tickets are required for each guest. Each graduate may have two guests. Rain tickets must be obtained via the Ryan Center Box Office. Additional guests of engineering graduates may watch the ceremony streamed live in Keaney Gym. If the rain plan is implemented, information will be available at or by calling 401.874.1234

Graduate Commencement Ceremony – Saturday, May 20th 2017

Thomas M. Ryan Center, Kingston Campus

  • 8:15 a.m.: Candidates assemble in academic attire in designated areas.
  • 9:00 a.m.: Commencement exercises begin in the Thomas M. Ryan Center.

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns must be purchased from the URI Bookstore in the Memorial Union, available starting April 1st. Tassels, sashes, pins, etc. for honors societies and organizations must be ordered directly from the society or organization. The Dean’s Office is unable to process requests for special regalia.

Publication of Name in Commencement Program

To ensure your name appears in the Commencement Program and your local newspaper, you must remove any FERPA blocks by April 1.

To check your FERPA settings, log in to e-Campus and select “Self Service” from the left side menu –> 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.

More Information

More information about the 131st Commencement is available at the University’s Commencement website. There, you will find additional information regarding parking, travel, accommodations for guests with disabilities and more.

The Rhody Senior Challenge

Members of your senior class are launching a student-led initiative to raise funds in support of the University of Rhode Island.  As graduating seniors and the newest group of soon-to-be 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 your class by June 30th, gifts of any size will count and all will make a huge difference! Please visit the URI Foundation for more information and to make your senior gift. Thank you!

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