Next Commencement: May 30, 2015

RISD’s 2015 Commencement ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 30 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence, adjacent to the space that houses the annual RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Approximately 670 graduates and thousands of guests will gather for the 2015 festivities, where filmmaker John Waters will deliver the keynote address and accept an honorary degree. Honorary degrees are also being presented to musicians Chris Frantz 74 PT, Jerry Harrison and Tina Weymouth 74 FAV – members of the breakthrough band Talking Heads – and author and writer Adam Gopnik.

read about the 2014 Commencement ceremony (and watch video excerpts) »
read about the 2013 Commencement ceremony (and watch video excerpts) »

Contact Student Affairs at 401 454-6600 or

Guest attending Commencement are advised to reserve accommodations well in advance since hotels in the area fill up fast. Visit our new Campus Travel Portal to book with any of RISD’s partner hotels at negotiated rates.

More Information

Check the Commencement 2015 site throughout the spring for additional details about the ceremony and related events.

Student Affairs Office
401 454-6600

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

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