large group of gowned students throw their caps in the air

A vibrant celebration, Commencement offers a joyous opportunity for family and friends to mark this significant milestone with graduates of both our bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. Graduating students are encouraged to have fun and transform their caps and gowns in idiosyncratic ways to make a more personal artistic statement.

Recent Commencement ceremonies

Celebrating RISD’s Class of 2021

An in-person and online Commencement ceremony features student leaders from the classes of 2020 and 2021 and an eclectic array of honorary degree recipients.

A Call to Change the Narrative

Commencement keynote speaker Bryan Stevenson urged the Class of 2019 to combat injustice with hope and creativity.

Looking Ahead at Commencement

Thousands of family members and friends celebrate the accomplishments of the 672 new graduates who collected their hard-earned degrees on Saturday, June 2.