Next Commencement: June 3, 2017

RISD’s 2017 Commencement ceremony takes place at 10:30 am on Saturday, June 3 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence, RI. Families and other special guests are also invited to campus on Friday, June 2 for departmental receptions and a graduate hooding ceremony for those earning master’s degrees. 

Check our dedicated Commencement site throughout the spring for emerging details about this year’s ceremony and related events.

read about + watch video excerpts from the 2016 ceremony

Graduate Students Set Sail (story from 6/6/16)

read about + watch video excerpts from the 2015 ceremony

If you plan to attend this year’s Commencement events at RISD, please be sure to reserve accommodations well in advance since hotels in the area fill up fast. Visit our Campus Travel Portal to book with any of RISD’s partner hotels at negotiated rates.


Please call or email Student Affairs at 401 454-6600 or with any questions about Commencement.

Biking is big at RISD – despite the killer hill.