School of Professional Studies

2017 Commencement and Reunion Weekend

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the School of Professional Studies and Brown University, I am very pleased to welcome graduating students, alumni, family, and friends to Providence for Brown's Commencement and Reunion Weekend 2017. ​Together, we will celebrate the most recent graduates from the IE Brown Executive MBA and the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership programs.

There is much to be learned, explored, and discovered throughout the weekend, so welcome, enjoy, and congratulations!


Karen Sibley
Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Dean, School of Professional Studies

Friday, May 26 – Sunday, May 28, 2017

The events included in this schedule are of particular interest to the students, alumni and guests of the School of Professional Studies (SPS). There are hundreds of events that occur throughout the weekend. You may find comprehensive Commencement details here and comprehensive Reunion details here.

Helpful notes:

Friday, May 26, 2017

  1. School of Professional Studies Welcome Reception

    Join the School of Professional Studies in celebrating the 2017 graduates of the IE Brown Executive MBA and the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership programs. Friends and family of the graduates and alumni are welcome as well as those curious to learn more about these rigorous and dynamic programs. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

    To request an invitation for this event, contact, though walk-ins are welcome.

    Manning Walk Tent, between Thayer and Brook Streets and Waterman and George Streets

  2. Campus Dance [Ticket Required]

    One of Brown's best-loved Commencement and Reunion traditions, Campus Dance brings together more than 11,000 people to dance under the stars. The College Green is transformed into an outdoor ballroom with a giant dance floor with guests dancing to the Duke Belaire Orchestra. Meet your classmates at the two School of Professional Studies tables reserved at the dance.

    The Campus Dance online box office is open April 15th. Day of purchase is available though advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended.

    Main Green, College Hill

  3. Saturday, May 27, 2017

  4. Brown University President's Welcome

    Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from President Christina Paxson. Enjoy coffee and conversation with the president's Cabinet and other campus administrators.

    Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle

  5. Forum: Politics, Patients & Price: The Ongoing Saga of US Healthcare Policy

    The United States spends more than any other country on healthcare, yet the return on this investment is not reflected in our overall population health. Meanwhile, Congress and the White House continue to debate repealing or enhancing the Affordable Care Act. What could revision mean for patients and the broader American public? How might a new plan impact states? What are the potential impacts on health practitioners, and the delivery and quality of care? In this lively discussion, experts from Brown’s School of Public Health and the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership program will try to untangle the state of healthcare in the US.


    Terrie Fox Wetle, MS, PhD
    Dean, School of Public Health

    Ira B. Wilson, MD
    Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Professor of Medicine
    Chair of Health Services, Policy and Practice

    Peter Hollmann, MD, MSC
    Academic Director of the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership
    Chief Medical Officer, University Medicine
    Assistant Clinical Professor, Warren Alpert Medical School

    Vincent Mor, PhD
    Florence Pirce Grant University Professor
    Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice

    Anya Radar Wallack, PhD
    Acting Secretary for the Executive Office of Health and Human Services in Rhode Island

    Institute at Brown for Environment and Society, Room 130, 85 Waterman Street.

  6. Pre-College and Summer@Brown Program Information Center

    Drop by to learn about Brown's robust Pre-College programs for 7th – 12th graders. Staff will be on hand to answer questions regarding all of the offerings, including Summer@Brown (over 300 courses offered), Leadership Institute, STEM focused programs for middle school students, and location-based programs in Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Florida, Alaska, Georgia, and Rhode Island.

    The College Green near the entrance to Sayles Hall (rain location: Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, Room 225, 75 Waterman Street)

  7. School of Professional Studies Hospitality and Information Center

    Drop by to learn about Brown's executive masters programs (IE Brown Executive MBA, Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership, Executive Master in Cybersecurity and Executive Master in Science and Technology Leadership). Visit with program administrators and ask questions about these graduate degree opportunities for mid-career professionals. All are welcome to say hello, relax and enjoy refreshments.

    Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center, 2nd floor, Room 225, 75 Waterman Street.

  8. Graduate School Ceremony Rehearsal (optional event for executive master candidates)

    This rehearsal is optional for executive master candidates. An invitation-only reception follows nearby. Invitations to the reception are sent to students from the Graduate School in early May, contact with questions.

    Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle

  9. IE Brown Executive MBA Award Ceremony (a current IE Brown Executive MBA graduate activity)

    The current graduating class of the IE Brown Executive MBA program and their guests are welcome to this program awards ceremony. Reception to follow.

    Metcalf Research Building, Friedman Auditorium, 190 Thayer Street

  10. Sunday, May 28, 2017

  11. The Commencement Procession

    The walk through the Van Wickle Gates, one of Brown's oldest and greatest traditions, brings together the entire Brown community. The procession steps off promptly at 9:45 am from Waterman Street. Current graduates and thousands of alumni participate in the procession, energized by cheering along the route. Comfortable shoes are recommended and prepare for long periods of standing.

    Location for line-up:

    Graduates meet on Waterman Street near Faunce Arch, 85 Waterman Street.

  12. Masters Diploma Ceremony (graduates)

    The graduating classes of the IE Brown Executive MBA and the Executive Master of Healthcare Leadership programs join all other Brown master's degree students in receiving their diplomas at a ceremony under the Graduate School tent on Pembroke Field. All are welcome. Seating under the tent may be limited.

    Pembroke Field Tent, between Brook and Hope Streets

  13. Executive Master's Programs' Closing Celebration

    Come enjoy light fare and a final farewell before the weekend comes to a close.

    Sidney Frank Hall for Life Sciences, Lobby, 185 Meeting Street

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