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There are multiple ceremonies, each with separate programs. Dates are detailed below. Please allow additional time at the end of your ceremony for reservations and other plans. In addition, please be sure to review the FAQs section for venue, ticket, photo, live stream, and arrival information.

Area hotels sell out quickly, so please make 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.

Graduate Studies Ceremony: Friday, May 1, 2020

This ceremony is for degree candidates from the doctoral and graduate studies programs (excluding Physician Assistant students). The Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will be held on-campus, immediately preceding commencement. Special note for doctoral students: Please disregard instructions on following pages; your program directors will provide separate, detailed instructions.

  • 10am arrival for graduates & guests

  • 11am ceremony (approximate end time is 12:30pm)

Senior Send-Off: Sunday, May 3, 2020

This event marks the end of Founders’ Week as well as a campus kick-off to celebrating commencement season & graduating students. More details to follow, but it will be held during the evening.

Physician Assistant Ceremony: Friday, May 15, 2020

This ceremony is for degree candidates from the Physician Assistant program. It will be held on-campus in Schneider Auditorium (Xavier Academic Complex). Special note: Please disregard instructions on following pages; your program directors will provide separate, detailed instructions.

  • 10am arrival for graduates & guests

  • 11am ceremony (approximate end time is noon)

The President’s Reception: Friday, May 22, 2020

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. More details to follow - but please save the date!

Morning Undergraduate Ceremony: Saturday, May 23, 2020

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).

  • 8am arrival for graduates & guests

  • 8:45am ceremony (approximate end time is 11:15am)

Afternoon Undergraduate Ceremony: Saturday, May 23, 2020

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

  • 1pm arrival for graduates & guests

  • 1:45pm ceremony (approximate end time is 3:45pm)

Cap/Gown, Name Card & Ticket Pickup

Programs

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