Next Commencement: May 30, 2015

RISD’s next Commencement ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence, adjacent to the space that houses the annual RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Roughly 700 graduates and thousands of guests enjoyed the ebullience of the 2014 festivities on May 31, where design visionary Bruce Mau delivered the keynote address and honorary degrees were presented to design leader Todd Oldham and cultural, diplomatic and health advocate Jean Kennedy Smith.

read about the 2014 Commencement ceremony (and watch video excerpts) »
read about the 2013 Commencement ceremony (and watch video excerpts) »

Commencement invitations will be sent to families in April 2015. In the meantime, please address any questions to Student Affairs at 401 454-6600 or

Please plan to reserve accommodations well in advance since hotels in the area fill up fast. Visit our new Campus Travel Portal to book with any of RISD’s partner hotels at negotiated rates.

More Information

Check the Commencement 2015 site throughout the spring for additional details about the ceremony and related events.

Student Affairs Office
401 454-6600

RISD Commencement
Saturday May 30, 2015
Saturday June 4, 2016 (tentative)

Providence's riverfront park offers a great setting for drawing and sketching, just across from RISD's Mandle Center for
Living and Learning.