Since the summer, we have been meeting to discuss how to celebrate commencement and will share more details in early 2021. Exact details, to be determined, are subject to CDC and State COVID-19 guidelines.

May 6-8, 2021: Graduate Studies and Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies

May 14, 2021: Physician Assistant Studies Commencement


A message for the entire Class of 2020.

Special greetings for the College of Culinary Arts.


This is a time for us to celebrate you — the members of the Johnson & Wales University graduating Class of 2020. Earning your college degree is an extraordinary achievement. Think of all the people who helped you get here — your family and friends, your professors, advisors and staff, coaches and mentors. We are so proud of what you have accomplished.


What is next may be uncertain, but know that you are ready because of your Johnson & Wales education. This experience has prepared you well for what lies ahead. You took full advantage of all that JWU has to offer and are ready to make your mark on the world. Like our alumni, you will find success in your chosen field of study. The feelings of belonging you have to the Providence Campus will deepen in the years ahead as you benefit from your Johnson & Wales degree and alumni connections. You will always have a home at JWU.


Be a proud Wildcat for life, stay connected, and watch the university grow in the coming years. The entire university community shares a deep pride in what you have accomplished at JWU. You have our gratitude and our best wishes for your continued success.


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Future Plans for Class of 2020 Commencement:

Regretfully, 2020 has become a year when many of the traditional face-to-face events that we enjoy annually have been cancelled or rescheduled due to public health restrictions.

In April, when we announced the rescheduling of May commencement ceremonies to August, we thought the date was far enough in the future that restrictions on gatherings would no longer be in effect. Unfortunately, due to the timeline the Rhode Island Governor has put forth regarding the resumption of activities in the state, large scale events, such as concerts, festivals, and commencements, will not be permitted this summer.

We are exploring how we will come together in 2021 to recognize and honor our 2020 graduates and will share our plan with you in the coming months. Like you, we are disappointed by these unfortunate turn of events.