RISD Commencement 2018
Saturday, June 2 | 10:30 am
Rhode Island Convention Center
One Sabin Street
Family members and friends are invited to join the entire RISD community in celebrating the Class of 2018 at this joyous event.
Bookmark this page for more in the coming weeks about this year’s ceremony, related events and other helpful information.
deadline for reserving tickets, caps and gowns
first day of senior week
graduate hooding ceremony + special receptions
Doors open at 9:30 am. Admission is free but tickets are required to enter the convention hall. Students may reserve up to six tickets for their families in early spring. Event seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. The ceremony generally runs until approximately 1 pm.
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.
Information for international families + friends
If you are coming from outside the US and require a visa, you will need an official letter of invitation from RISD. Graduating students should contact the Office of International Student Services (OISS) to initiate the invitation process.
Providence, RI 02903 +1 800 THE-OMNI
To book, call +1 800 THE-OMNI and reference RISD Commencement Room Block for a special rate.
Providence, RI 02903 +1 401 709-0335
Call +1 800 HILTONS (+1 800 445-8667) and reference RISD Commencement for a special group rate. Rooms are limited and must be booked prior to April 3.
Guests can rent short-term accommodations in Providence through Airbnb, the global hospitality marketplace founded by RISD alumni Brian Chesky 04 ID and Joe Gebbia 05 GD/ID.
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.
Restaurants in Providence feature a wide variety of cuisines and dining experiences, many within a short walk of RISD’s College Hill campus and the downtown area surrounding the Commencement venue. Just a short drive away, the historic Federal Hill and eclectic West End neighborhoods offer even more popular dining options. Tables fill up fast throughout the city during Commencement week, so be sure to plan ahead as soon as possible.
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.
Caps + gowns
Students will need to reserve their caps and gowns online. An order link will be sent by email in early March.
Please email email@example.com with any questions with any questions about this year's student-designed RISD Yearbook.
RISD does not offer an official class ring, but several alternative options are available at RISD WORKS.
Undergraduate + graduate student speakers
Graduating students may apply to address their class as this year’s undergraduate or graduate speaker. In early March all graduating students will receive an email inviting them to propose a speech.