News and Events

Annual events

Commencement students in cap and gown with big nazo

While the RISD community is anything but traditional, annual events bring celebration, ritual and tradition to our campus. They are joyous, creative, colorful and satisfying, and remind us of our shared values.


Upperclass students help design and run this series of programs to help new students feel ready for life at RISD.

RISD Weekend

An event that invites parents to visit studios, speak with faculty, attend demos and exhibitions and visit with their students. The core event is RISD Craft, a juried sale that showcases what’s happening at RISD.

Artist Ball

Every fall close to Halloween, students dress up for a mashup of fun punctuated by plenty of music and dancing.

MLK Series

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., this series brings advocates for justice and equality to campus to reinforce our commitment to public engagement.

Open Studios

Towards the end of every semester, undergrads and grad students across the college invite people to RISD studios to see work in progress.

Graduate Thesis Exhibition

This public exhibition presents final bodies of thesis work and celebrates the achievements of RISD’s graduate community.


Fun and relatively informal, this colorful ceremony offers a suitably celebratory salute to our newest art and design standouts.