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Commencement 2021

Congratulations Class of 2021!

Watch the Faculty of Arts & Sciences I In-Person Commencement Walk LIVE at 10 a.m.

For your convenience, we will be updating this page with the respective video live links for each ceremony.Commencement 2021 Watch Live

View the 2021 Virtual Commencement Celebration




Check-in time

Anticipated Commencement Walk START time

Anticipated Commencement Walk END time

​Watch LIVE

Thursday, May 13

School of Social Work

5 p.m.

6 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 14

School of Business

10 a.m.

11 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

School of Education

5 p.m.

6 p.m.

7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 15

Arts & Sciences I

9 a.m.

10 a.m.

12:30 p.m.

Arts & Sciences II

2 p.m.

3 p.m.

5:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 16

School of Nursing

10 a.m.

10:30 a.m.

11:30 a.m.

For more details on the 2021 In-Person Commencement Walk and Virtual Commencement,
please refer to 2021 Commencement FAQs.


  • Graduates participating in their designated Commencement Walk may bring up to TWO (2) guests.
  • Guest(s) must Pre-Register: Registration link sent to graduates registered to attend by May 3.
  • Pre-registration is required for contact tracing purposes.


In the case of inclement weather, your ceremony will be moved to the Recreation Center and your guests will be asked to watch from the Nazarian Center on the RIC campus due to RI Department of Health regulations and capacity limitations. Please check the RIC Commencement website and your email for weather related updates 3 hours prior to the start of your designated ceremony.

Health & Safety Guidelines to Follow:

  • Number of guest(s) allowed – up to TWO. (NO exceptions).
  • Pre-registration is required for contact tracing purposes.
  • Graduates & Guest(s):
    o Must be pre-registered to attend. Names of graduates and guest(s) checked at entrance.
    o NOT required to provide COVID-19 negative test results.
    o Adhere to all current safety guidelines, such as wearing masks and always practicing social distancing.
  • Must attend only the ceremony for which you are pre-registered to attend


Commencement Walks will take place on the Track Field (outside) on the Rhode Island College Island campus. In the event of inclement weather, the graduates’ Commencement Walks will move to the Recreation Center and pre-registered guest(s) will be asked to watch from the Nazarian Center (not the Recreation Center) due to capacity limitations.


All graduates and guests attending will be directed to Parking Lot B on the RIC campus. Depending on weather, you will be directed to designated area(s).

Directions to Commencement Parking from Fruit Hill Avenue Entrancedirections from Fruit HIll avenue

  • Turn onto College Road (0.5 mi)
  • At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit (118 ft)
  • Continue onto 1st Ave (486 ft)
  • Turn right (171 ft)
  • Turn left

Directions to Commencement Parking from Mount Pleasant Avenue Entrancedirections from mount pleasant avenue

  • Head west on College Road toward Cole Rd (0.2 mi)
  • Turn onto Cole Rd (0.1 mi)
  • Continue onto Library Rd (426 ft)
  • Turn right into Parking Lot B


Testing – you are not required to a COVID-19 negative test.


  1. Must Register ONLINE to attend. Registration Link sent to graduating seniors.

  2. This Commencement Walk invitation is ONLY for Class of 2021 graduates

  3. Commencement regalia:
    • You must wear Commencement regalia to attend the in-person Commencement Walk.
    • You may place your order online at by April 19 or pick up in-person at the RIC Bookstore: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
    • GradImages, our official Commencement photographer, will be on hand to take your Commencement photo.


Bookstore Hours:
Week of May 3: M-F 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Week of May 10
Monday - Wednesday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Thursday, May 13 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Friday, May 14 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 15 8 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 16 9 a.m.- Noon

All online regalia orders will be shipped Friday May 7. Students will receive an email on the 7th with tracking information. If students are nervous about not receiving their regalia in time, Oak Hall will accept returns that are unopened within 30 days and will gladly refund the purchase price less shipping. All returned items must be unopened and in the original packaging. School specific stoles, year date stoles, and masks are non-returnable. Online orders cannot be returned to the bookstore. The bookstore has plenty of regalia available for purchase.

Interested in a commemorative Class of 2021 T-Shirt/Sweatshirt? Place your order online at the by Friday May 15.


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Page last updated: May 14, 2021