Commencement 2015

Saturday, May 30
Rhode Island
Convention Center

(doors open at 9:30)

Reserve Tickets

Graduating students will receive an email in early March regarding Commencement, including reserving tickets.

Students can reserve up to 6 tickets, with the option of requesting more on a waitlist. They must reserve what they need in order to receive the tickets via the ticket reservation form. Based on demand, waitlist tickets allocated closer to the event. (Graduating students do NOT need a ticket for themselves)

Tickets are picked up at Carr House the week leading up to commencement. Guests must have a ticket to get into the ceremony, students must pick them up ahead of time. Tickets are open seating, first come first served. If your guests require special seating (handicapped access, etc), there is a place in the ticket reservation form to include that information. We ask that we receive those requests ahead of time in order to plan accordingly.

Cap and Gowns

Students also need to reserve their caps and gowns. There will be a link sent out to register for the caps and gowns in early March and the deadline will be late April. The caps and gowns can then be picked up at the RISD Store the week leading up to Commencement.

Additional Providence Hotels

The Hampton Inn & Suites

58 Weybosset Street
Providence, RI 02903

401 608-3500

Providence Courtyard by Marriott

32 Exchange Terrace
Providence, RI 02903

401 272-1191

The Marriott—Providence Downtown

One Orms Street
Providence, RI 02904

866 807-2171

Wyndham Garden Providence

220 India Street
Providence, RI 02903

401 272-5577

The Hotel Providence

311 Westminster Street
Providence, RI 02903

401 861-8000

Johnson & Wales Inn

213 Taunton Avenue
Seekonk, MA 02771

508 336-8700, x 1535

The Dean Hotel

122 Fountain Street
Providence, RI 02903

401 455-DEAN

The Renaissance Providence

5 Avenue of the Arts
Providence, RI 02903

401 276-0010


Student Affairs

general questions on Commencement 
Jess Raffaele or Julie Talbutt
401 454-6600

RISD Switchboard

401 454-6100

Registrar's Office

transcripts / academic status
Steve Berenback
401 454-6151

Student Accounts

billing questions/financial matters
Vanessa Beaudoin
401 454-6445

Career Counseling

Kevin Jankowski
401 454-6445