The university hosts multiple commencement ceremonies, each with separate programs. There are two planned on-campus celebrations as well. See dates, times & locations below, and please:

  1. Make hotel reservations early to ensure you have accommodations. The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau is a great resource for hotel options, dining suggestions and things to do while visiting the city.

  2. Refer to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center’s website for accessibility information; neither they nor JWU provides wheelchair or ambulatory assistance.

  3. Plan your parking accordingly. The Dunkin’ Donuts Center is located at 1 LaSalle Square, Providence, RI - there are ample parking facilities nearby (rates will vary). JWU’s Downcity Parking Garage will be open with Wildcat Wheels bus service between locations.

  4. Allow additional time at the end of your ceremony for reservations and other plans.

Graduate Studies Commencement

Physician Assistant Studies holds a separate commencement. Doctoral students: Disregard cap/gown & name card instructions on this site (await direction from your program directors).

Senior Send-Off

This event marks the end of Founders’ Week as well as a campus kick-off to celebrating commencement season & graduating students.

  • Sunday, May 3, 2020

  • More details to come!

Physician Assistant Commencement

This ceremony is for degree candidates from the Physician Assistant program. Special note: Please disregard instructions on following pages; your program directors will provide separate, detailed instructions.

The President’s Reception

A pre-commencement reception will be held on campus for graduating students and their families & guests. This event will take place during the afternoon to accommodate dining & other plans you may have.

  • Friday, May 22, 2020

  • More details to come!

Undergraduate Commencement (Morning)

This ceremony is for degree candidates from the colleges of Arts & Sciences, Business, Engineering & Design, Health & Wellness, and Hospitality Management (excluding Food Service Management majors).

Undergraduate Commencement (Afternoon)

This ceremony is for degree candidates from The College of Culinary Arts, and the Food Service Management program.