Commencement

Congratulations to the Class of 2019!  Please plan to join us for some or all of the events below.

Commencement video

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2019

4 p.m. - Graduate School Line-up - Rotunda

All Graduate students should report to the Rotunda for line-up wearing caps and gowns.

5 p.m. - Graduate School Commencement - Main Tent

Guest seating will begin at 4 p.m. Guests are asked to be seated by 4:30 p.m. The procession will begin at 4:45 p.m. The ceremony will start at 5 p.m. and should last for approximately one and one half hours. Immediately following the ceremony a reception will be held in the Stepan Grand Hall. All graduates and guests are welcome to attend.

The address for Bryant’s Graduate Programs Commencement will be delivered by Edward “Ned” O. Handy III, chairman of the Board of Directors and chief executive officer of Washington Trust Bancorp, Inc., who also will receive an honorary doctorate.

FRIDAY, MAY 17, 2019

4 p.m. - Baccalaureate Service - Main Commencement Tent

This is an interfaith ceremony of thanksgiving for graduates, their families and friends. It is led by Bryant chaplains and features music, readings, and reflection. Graduating seniors do not wear their caps and gowns to this event and may sit with their families.

5 p.m. - President's Reception - Salmanson Dining Hall

President and Mrs. Machtley welcome all graduates, families, and friends to this special reception for the Class of 2019. Honorary degree recipients, trustees, faculty members, and staff will also be in attendance. This is an opportunity for graduating seniors to informally gather with professors and other members of the Bryant community who have played a part in their education. Refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

The reception concludes at 6:30 p.m. to permit graduates and their families to enjoy dinner off campus.

SATURDAY, MAY 18, 2019

8:45 a.m. - Graduate Line-Up - Academic Hall

All graduates should report wearing cap, gown, hood, and any cords to their specified area in Academic Hall. Graduates should also bring their graduation name card that was distributed during the Commencement Information Meetings in April.

10 a.m. - Undergraduate Commencement - Main Tent

The Commencement tent, located behind the Fisher Student Center, will open at 7:30 a.m. Each graduate will be issued five tickets for admission to the tent. Guests are asked to be seated by 9:15 a.m. The procession of graduates begins at 9:30 a.m.; the ceremony begins at 10 a.m. and concludes at approximately 1:30 p.m We ask that everyone remain seated in the tent until the ceremony concludes. For safety and comfort of all guests we ask that you remain seated at all times while in the tent. The tent provides protection from the elements but not from temperature, so please dress accordingly.

Additional guests are welcome to campus on graduation day; several viewing options are available. The entire ceremony is broadcast live on Channels 82.1 and 83 of the Bryant Cable System and can be seen on any campus television, including rooms in the residence halls and townhouses. Commencement can also be viewed live online.

Additional viewing areas on campus: the Rotunda, Academic Innovation Center, Janikies Theatre, Fisher Student Center, the Interfaith Center and the lobby of Hall 16. The additional viewing areas do not require a ticket. The Commencement Tent is the only viewing place that requires a ticket upon entering. 

The Commencement address will be delivered by Laura K. Ipsen, president and chief executive officer of Ellucian Company, L.P., an innovative developer of software, cloud applications, and analytics for higher education institutions. She will also receive an honorary degree, as will Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island William E. Smith and Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health Nicole Alexander-Scott, MD, MPH.

1 p.m. - Welcome Reception for New Alumni - George E. Bello Center 

Graduates and their guests are invited to mingle and enjoy light refreshments right after the Commencement ceremony in the George E. Bello Center's Grand Hall. 

1 p.m. - Certified Diploma Pick-up - Chace Wellness Center Lobby 

Diplomas can also be picked up after the ceremony in the Wellness Center Lobby until 3 p.m. Please note: Diplomas MUST be picked up on graduation day right after the graduation ceremonies. Students must have a valid ID with them. 

3 p.m. - Student housing closes for Spring 2019 semester