Commencement 2011 Parents page

Commencement is a vibrant celebration that culminates the RISD experience. Graduates typically take the opportunity to transform their caps and gowns in idiosyncratic ways – by painting, shredding, reimagining and embellishing them to make a more personal artistic statement or simply to have fun with this colorful RISD tradition.

The 2015 Commencement ceremony will be held on May 30.

For ongoing updates and what the weekend entails, visit

More Information

Watch for more information on the 2015 event as the academic year gets underway. A dedicated website to provide graduating students and families with more information will be available in February 2015.

Student Affairs Office
401 454-6600

RISD Commencement
Saturday May 30, 2015
Saturday June 4, 2016 (tentative)

Biking is big at RISD – despite the killer hill.