Watch! Full 2018 Graduation Ceremonies:


For participation in the May 2018 Commencement ceremony and inclusion in the Commencement program, degree-seeking students must fall into 1 of the following categories:

  • The student is awarded a degree in the fall 2017 term or winter 2017–18 term.
  • The student is enrolled in the spring 2018 term and, as of March 16, 2018, has an expected degree completion term of spring 2018, summer 2018 or fall 2018.

Names of eligible doctoral candidates are submitted by the director of doctoral studies.

Travel Information:

Area hotels sell out quickly. Make reservations early to ensure you have accommodations for this event. The Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau is a great resource for hotel options, dining suggestions and things to do while visiting the city. There are ample parking facilities in and around the city (rates will vary).

If guests are traveling from outside of the USA, we advise students to provide them with the following documents (allow 1 week processing time):

  • Enrollment letter showing expected graduation date, 
  • Official academic transcript, and
  • For international students only, copies of their I-20, F1 student visa, and passport.

Rings & Yearbook:

If interested, class rings & announcements are available for purchase. Photographers are on-campus at set dates during the academic year to take portraits of graduating students for inclusion in The Johnsonian Yearbook.


The university expects to hold a meaningful, dignified ceremony. The significance of this day for all graduates, families & guests should be observed with respect. Disorderly conduct, rowdiness or the presence of alcohol or drugs will be grounds for immediate ejection, and may result in a diploma hold.

If you have any questions about commencement, please call 401-598-4746 or email events@jwu.edu

Learn More:

Cap & Gown

Name Card & Tickets

Checklist & Arrival Instructions

Ceremony Programs

Student Speakers