RISD Commencement 2018

Saturday, June 2

Providence, RI

Family members and friends are invited to join the entire RISD community in celebrating the Class of 2018 at this joyous event.

For Families

If you’re coming to RISD from out of state or out of the country, you’ll need to consider various transportation options, which are spelled out below. It’s also important to book a place to stay as early as possible since hotels in and around Providence tend to fill quickly.

For those unfamiliar with campus, RISD is located just off of I‑95 and I‑195 in the College Hill neighborhood of Providence. Our official address is Two College Street.



If you are planning to arrive in Providence by train, you can find schedules and fares at amtrak.com or 1 800 USA-RAIL (1 800 872-7245). Information concerning service between Providence and Boston on the Attleboro/Stoughton Line can be found at mbta.com and 1 800 392-6100.


Providence is about a 15-minute cab ride from T.F. Green Airport (PVD) in Warwick, RI. You can find information on flights at pvdairport.com. Airport information: 1 888 268-7222; in Rhode Island: 401 737-8222.

Once you are at the airport, you can take the shuttle to your hotel.

If you are flying into Logan International Airport in Boston, MA (BOS), you can find flight information at massport.com/logan and 1 800 23-LOGAN. Logan is about an hour’s drive from Providence, depending on traffic.


Peter Pan bus company offers daily express service to Logan Airport in Boston and T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, RI, as well as to major metro areas such as Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC. Schedules are available online or by calling 1 888 751-8800 (toll-free) or locally, 401 751-8800.

Greyhound bus schedules and fares are available online or by calling 1 800 229-9424, +1 402 330-8552 (if you’re calling from abroad without toll-free access), 1 800 752-4841 (for assistance for passengers with disabilities) or 1 800 345-3109 (TDD).

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA) offers local bus service for easy and inexpensive transportation within Rhode Island, including Providence/Newport ferries.


For information and schedules for Block Island ferry service from Point Judith and Newport, RI and New London, CT, follow this link: blockislandferry.com. Schedules vary seasonally.

For Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island ferry service from Woods Hole, MA; Hyannis, MA; and New Bedford, MA, follow this link: islandferry.com. Schedules vary seasonally.

Rental cars

Alamo | 800 651-1223

Avis | 800 633-3469

Budget | 800 218-7992


Dollar | 800 800-4000

Hertz | 800 704-4473

National | 800 222-9058

Thrifty | 800 847-4389

Graduating Students

RISD Commencement is more festive, informal and colorful than most commencement ceremonies. You may embellish your cap and gown however you’d like or wear whatever feels most appropriate for celebrating this major milestone.


Each year graduating seniors create an original design for the RISD Yearbook. Students who pre-ordered a yearbook will receive an email when their copy arrives in May.

Please email csi@risd.edu with any questions.

Class rings

RISD does not offer an official class ring, but several alternative options are available at RISD WORKS.

Jewelry + Metalsmithing faculty member Johan Van Aswegen has designed an adjustable ring featuring the original RISD emblem. (See a short promo video about the ring here.) In addition, alumna Pearl Ng 98 ID created the RISD ROCKS Ring, which can be ordered online through RISD WORKS.

Benson + design diplomas

Every graduating student receives an academic diploma designed by the late John Howard Benson, a distinguished sculptor and calligrapher who taught at RISD from 1931-44. Alumna Alba Corrado 60 PT, a longtime faculty member in Experimental and Foundation Studies, meticulously hand-letters each diploma.

At the Friday morning rehearsal, you’ll also receive a “design diploma”—a unique commemorative object designed by a member of the graduating class. And when you walk across the stage on Saturday, you’ll receive a scroll of paper in lieu of your actual Benson diploma, which you need to pick up from the Registrar's table after the ceremony.


Commencement questions?

please contact Institutional Engagement

Katie Bullock

401 454-6776 commencement@risd.edu

RISD’s main phone number

Registrar's Office

degree requirements / academic status

Diane Walker or Brianna Smith

401 454-6151​ registrar@risd.edu

Student Accounts

billing questions / financial matters

401 454-6445​ studentaccts@risd.edu

Alumni Relations