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General Information for Commencement 2020


Graduates needing accommodations for commencement must identify themselves prior to the ceremony by calling the Office of Disability Services at 401-825-1232.

Guests needing accommodations should refer to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center website policies.

Guests with special needs may access the lobby by using the ramp located on the Hilton Providence side of the building (left of the main entrance). Once inside the lobby, proceed to the main concourse area toward sections 101, 106, 110, 120 and 124; these sections are reserved for individuals with disabilities. Only one escort is permitted to remain with a special needs individual or an individual in a wheelchair. Fire laws are strictly enforced and do not permit leaving wheelchairs in the aisles. Services are provided for closed captioning for individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired.

Students should plan to arrive at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center no later than 3:30 p.m. on the day of graduation. Students ONLY should enter through the rear entrance/lower level door located on the on the West Exchange Street side.

Guests should enter through the main entrance of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Main doors open at 3 p.m.

For directions to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, please visit their website.

The commencement ceremony will conclude between 6:30 - 7 p.m.

You can order your cap, tassel and gown through Oak Hall. The website to order regalia is now available through Oak Hall. To pick it up in the bookstore, you must order by March 25. If you prefer to ship your items home, the last day to order is April 30. Students are encouraged to place their orders by the deadlines. Any graduate who wants to order an extra tassel or stoles can do so through the website. Here is a list of expected prices:

Cap, tassel and gown – $25 plus tax

Extra tassel – $4.00 plus tax (optional)

First-generation stole – $25 plus tax (optional)

International stole, Rainbow stole, veteran stole - $25 plus tax (optional)

Student pickup for web orders shipped to the bookstore will begin April 29 to May 12, 2020. Cap and Gowns pick up in Newport Camps begins on May 5 to May 7, from noon to 3:30 p.m., anything not picked up in Newport by May 7 will be sent to the Knight Campus in Warwick.

NOTE: All outstanding debts to CCRI must be paid in full before you can pick up your cap and gown. A student ID or comparable identification is needed to pick up your cap and gown.

To show respect for and to honor all our graduates, we ask that all graduates and their guests remain in their seats throughout the entire ceremony, which is expected to conclude between 6:30 and 7 p.m. Administration and graduates will exit first. Guests will follow after the recessional ends.

Guests will not be allowed on the Dunkin’ Donuts Center floor during graduation. Guests may take photographs from their seats; however, they will not be allowed in the stage area. A professional photographer will be near the stage to take photographs of all graduates.

2020 commencement exercises will be held Thursday, May 14, at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence. Doors will open at 3 p.m. and graduates should report no later than 3:30. The commencement procession will begin at 4:15 p.m. and the ceremony is expected to conclude between 6:30 - 7 p.m.

Students wishing to participate in the May commencement ceremony must complete all degree requirements by the end of the spring term or have no more than two classes or eight credits to complete in the summer term.

Public Access will air CCRI's commencement ceremony with a delayed broadcast. Date, channel and time TBD.

Diploma covers will be awarded to graduates at commencement. Diplomas will be mailed approximately eight weeks after grades have been certified.

If you are receiving a dual degree, you will walk across the stage once; however, both degree accomplishments will be announced when the dean reads your name. Your name will appear in the commencement program under each degree/certificate awarded. You should declare on your application for graduation the degree/program in which you want to march.

Baggage policy Bags that are larger than 13-5/8 by 15-1/4 inches will not be permitted through the security zone. Baggage such as bags, briefcases, backpacks and luggage are strictly prohibited. Guests entering the Dunkin’ Donuts Center are subject to search at the discretion of management. The Dunkin’ Donuts Center does not provide storage for any confiscated baggage.

Metal detectors Walk-through metal detectors will be used at all entrances of the facility. Similar to procedures used at the airport, all patrons will walk through a metal detector prior to gaining access to the arena. If needed, security will perform pat-downs on patrons in addition to the metal detectors. The Dunkin’ Donuts Center recommends that patrons arrive earlier than normal to allow for this enhanced security process.

For a complete listing of all security protocol and accessible facilities, please visit the Dunkin' Donuts Center website.

No balloons, food or beverages may be brought in from outside.

Faculty and staff who plan to march in the academic procession must order regalia by April 17, 2020. Please use this link to access the order form.

Join us from 2 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18, for Grad Fest in the Great Hall at the Knight Campus in Warwick or on March 25 in the Atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence. You will be able to order your cap and gown, complete the Intent to Graduate form, speak with representatives of CCRI’s Career Planning Office for help with résumé building, get help with transfer opportunities, learn about parking in Providence and more.

Information on commencement photographs will be updated shortly.

Honor cords will be awarded to students attaining highest honors (3.75 - 4.00), high honors (3.50 - 3.74) and honors (3.25 - 3.49). Honors are based on a student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) for the semester ending Dec. 31, 2019. Cords for honors and other Graduate Awards may be picked up at Grad Fest on March 18, or 25 OR after March 30, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the Office of Student Affairs in Warwick, Advising and Counseling in Lincoln, and Enrollment Services in Providence and Newport. For more information on graduate awards please visit:

The commencement ceremony will be streamed live starting at 4:30 p.m.

The commencement program will reflect the names of all graduates who have filed their Intent to Graduate form by 4 p.m. on the April 27 deadline.

Event parking for the commencement ceremony is available at various privately owned lots around the city, as well as in the garage adjacent to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and at the Providence Place Mall parking garage (mall parking is free for the first two hours; the cost for two to five hours is $2.)

The free app Spotter can help you locate on-street parking spaces available in Providence.

For information on bus routes to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, access schedules on the RIPTA website.

With the exception of a few reserved sections, seating is open and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Families should plan to arrive at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center early to obtain the best possible seating. Doors open at 3 p.m. We will not know on which side your graduate will be seated. Large video screens on either side of the stage will broadcast the entire ceremony.

No tickets are required to enter commencement ceremonies at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

There is no formal dress code. Most people dress "smart, casual." Graduates should wear appropriate clothing. Footwear should be comfortable.