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 2013 Commencement ceremony will be held on June 1.

For ongoing updates and what the weekend entails, visit 

Commencement 2014


For more information on this year’s event, go to the dedicated website for graduating students and families.

Family and friends interested in reserving a hotel room at a reduced rate are encouraged to check the Providence Biltmore or the Omni Providence sites now. Both hotels have set aside blocks of rooms for guests attending RISD Commencement.



RISD Commencement is typically held the last Saturday in May or the first Saturday in June. 

May 30, 2015 (tentative)

June 4, 2016 (tentative



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Providence's riverfront park offers a great setting for drawing and sketching, just across from RISD's Mandle Center for
Living and Learning.