Commencement 2016

Brown University's 248th Commencement
Sunday, May 29, 2016 

Each May, Brown University confers honorary, graduate, medical, and undergraduate degrees on Commencement day, the culmination of a campus-wide weekend celebration. It is a time of great ceremony, pageantry, and rejoicing, much of it representing traditions that are centuries old.

Alumni are an integral part of this celebration. During the 20th century, members of Brown's alumni classes began to hold their five-year reunions to coincide with Commencement Weekend. Today more than 4,000 alumni and their families return to College Hill each year for a series of events over Alumni Reunion Weekend capped by the Commencement procession on Sunday morning.

Prominent in the procession are the President and members of the Corporation, the University's governing body, who are joined by faculty, graduating students of all levels, and alumni.

For more information regarding Commencement weekend events, please view our Understanding Commencement Powerpoint. 



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