RISD’s next Commencement ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence, adjacent to the space that houses the annual RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition.
Roughly 700 graduates and thousands of guests enjoyed the ebullience of the 2014 festivities on May 31, where design visionary Bruce Mau delivered the keynote address and honorary degrees were presented to design leader Todd Oldham and cultural, diplomatic and health advocate Jean Kennedy Smith.
Celebrated in a uniquely RISD way, Commencement is a colorful event that tops off the intensity of the studio experience with more joy and exuberance than pomp and circumstance. Graduates typically take the opportunity to transform their caps and gowns in idiosyncratic ways – by painting, shredding, reimagining and embellishing them in whatever way they choose.
Commencement invitations will be sent to families in April 2015. In the meantime, please address any questions to Student Affairs at 401 454-6600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please plan to reserve accommodations well in advance since hotels in the area fill up fast. Prior to the event, a limited number of reduced-rate rooms are reserved for RISD families at the Providence Biltmore or the Omni Providence.