Information for Guests

Graduates embracing at RIC Commencement

Important Information


Rhode Island College Commencement ceremony is held at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, 1 LaSalle Square, Providence, RI 02903. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. Doors will open at 8:15 a.m.

Parking is available in two garages adjacent to the Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC) and next to the Dunk. Located on West Exchange Street, parking is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please visit Dunkin' Donuts Center Directions and Parking for additional information.


Seating Locations:

Please see seating locations map below. Sections 113 – 117 and 217 – 224 are not recommended to due to visibility of the stage. 


Outside food is NOT permitted inside the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Concession stands are located throughout Level 2 (concourse level) in the venue, offering a variety of foods from pizza to grilled hot dogs, hamburgers, soda and Dunkin’ Donuts coffee.

Dunk Safety & Security

Please check Dunk Safety & Security for security and safety information including what you can and cannot bring with you to the Commencement ceremony. 

  • Security Check: Every guest will be subject to a security check and must enter through a magnetron machine. Bags larger than 12 5/8” x 15 ¼” will not be permitted through security.
  • Prohibited: Weapons of any kind, drugs, noisemakers, laser pointers. 
  • Balloons: Balloons are prohibited in the Dunkin’ Donut Center 
  • Alcohol:  Outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the building. 
  • Smoking: Dunkin’ Donuts Center is a smoke-free facility.
  • Guest Services: Guest Services is located on the concourse level across from section 128

Any guest who is disrespectful of the Commencement ceremony and or disruptive will be removed by Dunkin’ Donuts Center security and will not be allowed back into the arena. 

Planning Your Visit to Providence

For information about restaurants, hotels in the Providence, Warwick, area, please visit the Providence/Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau

Health & Safety Information

Registration will be required for all in-person individual college ceremonies, and the number of guest tickets allotted will be based upon the number of RSVPs and COVID-19 guidelines. \

  • Vaccination recommended but not required
  • Masks optional. Masks will be available to graduates in attendance and worn based on personal choice. 
  • No physical distancing for seating
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, public health guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rhode Island Department of Health, and RIC COVID-19 Task Force will be closely monitored and followed, leading up to the ceremonies. 
Please be advised that plans are subject to change.

Assistance for Guests with Disabilities or Medical needs:

The Dunkin’ Donuts Center offers convenient facilities and features for persons with disabilities. Please call 401-331-6700 ext. 7154 during business hours or see a Guest Service representative for assistance during events. 

You may also email any inquiries to  

Wheel chair accessible locations are in sections – 101, 104, 106, 110, 120, 124, and 126.  The Center has asked that we continue to keep track of those needing services. 

You may also contact the Commencement office at 401-456-8900 or email at