Commencement Schedule

We are currently making preparations for Brown's 2016 Commencement.  Below are some of the highlights of Commencement activities happening throughout the weekend.  Please check back in early Spring for a more complete listing. 

Friday, May 27

Campus Dance
One of Brown's best-loved Reunion and Commencement traditions, Campus Dance brings over 11,000 people to Brown to dance the night away under a sky lit with over 600 paper lanterns. The evening joins together graduating seniors and their families, alumni of all ages, and Brown faculty and staff. Everyone enjoys meeting old classmates, seeing favorite professors, and being with friends and family. Visit the Alumni Reunion website for more information. 

Saturday, May 28

9AM, 11 AM, 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM
Commencement Forums
Forums (various locations)
Led by faculty, alumni, and distinguished guests, these academic and topical colloquia are an integral part of Commencement and Reunion Weekend – creating an ongoing educational link with the University. We are still in the process of planning our 2016 Forums, but check back in early Spring for more information. 

1:30 PM
Baccalaureate Procession Line-up
Graduates participating in the Baccalaureate Ceremony should meet on Waterman Street (near the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center). Guests are asked to be seated on the Main Green.

2:30 PM
Baccalaureate Service
Brown University's Baccalaureate Service embraces lively expressions of thanksgiving, harmony, and rhythm and includes music, dance, and spiritual readings. The service incorporates the many spiritual and cultural traditions of the Brown community. This multi-faith service begins with the Lion Dance, a Chinese tradition in which the lion banishes evil spirits and brings good luck. In addition, one of the highlights of the service is the keynote address. The Baccalaureate speaker is traditionally announced in late April.

Because seating in the First Baptist Church in America is sufficient only for the graduating class, family and friends may watch a large-screen videocast of the service on the College Green, in the Salomon Center for Teaching, or in Sayles Hall.
>Grounds of the First Baptist Church in America, Steeple and North Main Streets

Sunday, May 29

9:45 AM
The Commencement Procession
The Commencement Procession, one of Brown's greatest and oldest traditions, brings together the entire Brown community in a festive and joyous celebration. The procession steps off through Faunce Arch promptly at 9:45 AM. The procession is led by the chief marshal, a member of the 50th Reunion class. All graduating students march through the Van Wickle Gates, which swing open twice a year: inward to admit incoming students during Convocation and outward to discharge the new graduates during Commencement. 
>Waterman Street, outisde of Faunce Arch

10:15 AM (estimate)
Graduate School Commencement Ceremonies
There are separate ceremonies for doctoral students, on Simmons Quad, and master's students, on Pembroke Field. The ceremonies for graduate students, their families, and friends features the awarding of advanced degrees. The Horace Mann Medal is awarded at the doctoral ceremony with Dean of the Graduate School Peter M. Weber presiding. Please visit the Graduate School Commencement page for more information.

10:15 AM (estimate)
Medical School Commencement Ceremony and Awarding of Degrees
Doors will open at 9:30 am for general seating. Dr. Jack A. Elias, dean of medicine and biological sciences, will preside. Immediately following the Medical School ceremony, a post-graduation reception for the Medical School faculty, graduates and their families will be held at the Hope Club, across the street from the First Unitarian Church.  Please visit the Medical School Commencement page for more information.
>First Unitarian Church of Providence, Benefit and Benevolent Streets

12:15 PM (estimated)
College Ceremony
This ceremony takes place on the grounds of the First Baptist Church in America, President Christina H. Paxson presiding. The ceremony will be videocast to the College Green, Salomon Center and Sayles Hall.
>Grounds of the First Baptist Church in America, Steeple and North Main Streets

1:00 PM (estimated)
University Ceremony
Senior orations are delivered and honorary and symbolic degrees are awarded on the College Green. President Christina H. Paxson will preside. The ceremony concludes at approximately 2pm. 
>The College Green

2:15 – 4 PM (estimated)
Diploma Ceremonies
Following the conclusion of the University ceremony, graduating seniors and their families attend individual department diploma ceremonies and receptions at which students are awarded their diplomas individually. Families and graduating seniors are strongly encouraged to meet at the location of their diploma ceremony rather than trying to locate each other on the College Green. Refreshments will be served at the diploma ceremonies.
locations: see last page in the commencement program (distributed sunday morning on the college green) or online here.
>Various Locations