Next Commencement: May 31, 2014

RISD’s 2014 Commencement ceremony takes place on Saturday, May 31 at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence, adjacent to the space that houses the annual RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition

Celebrated in a uniquely RISD way, Commencement is a colorful event that tops off the intensity of the studio experience with more joy and exuberance than pomp and circumstance. Graduates typically take the opportunity to transform their caps and gowns in idiosyncratic ways – by painting, shredding, reimagining and embellishing them in whatever way they choose. 

RISD Commencement 2014
Saturday, May 31
Rhode Island Convention Center
One Sabin Street, Providence, RI (map)

RELATED EVENTS on Friday, May 30

  • Rehearsal (mandatory for all graduating students)
  • Graduate student hooding ceremonies 
  • Departmental receptions 

Please plan to reserve accommodations well in advance since hotels in the area fill up quickly. A limited number of rooms are reserved for RISD families at reduced rates. You can book a reduced-rate room now at the Providence Biltmore or the Omni Providence.

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

Read about the 2013 Commencement ceremony (and watch video excerpts) »
Find out more about Providence and what to do while you’re here »

Commencement 2014


For more information on this year’s event, go to the dedicated website for graduating students and families.

Family and friends interested in reserving a hotel room at a reduced rate are encouraged to check the Providence Biltmore or the Omni Providence sites now. Both hotels have set aside blocks of rooms for guests attending RISD Commencement.



RISD Commencement is typically held the last Saturday in May or the first Saturday in June. 

May 30, 2015 (tentative)

June 4, 2016 (tentative



Student Affairs Office
401 454-6600

The Providence River and cityscape as seen from the southern edge of campus, behind the Industrial Design and
Architecture buildings.