Commencement Weekend 2018

Commencement 2018 occurs over Memorial Day Weekend, May 25-27, 2018. Commencement Day is Sunday May 27th. A full schedule for the weekend along with detailed information for students and their guests can be found below and at the University's Commencement website.  Share your Commencement Weekend with #Brown2018!

Friday, May 25th

5:00 - 6:30 PM
School of Public Health
121 South Main St. Providence, 3rd floor
Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and their guests are welcome to kickoff the weekend festivities with us. Please RSVP!

Saturday, May 26th

9 - 10AM
List Art Building 64 College St. Providence
"MINDFULNESS: What We Know and Where We're Headed"
with Professor Eric Loucks, PhD 
Facebook Event

We are at a time in history when mindfulness research is rapidly expanding. Mindfulness has become a $1 billion industry in the US alone. There is great need for methodologically rigorous research to help determine whether reported impacts of mindfulness on health are fad or fact. We also need evidence-based services to match the greatly increasing demand. The Mindfulness Center leads initiatives in these areas. We collaborate with researchers and community-based mindfulness intervention providers across Brown University, the state of Rhode Island, nationally and internationally. This forum will share the state of the evidence for mindfulness interventions on highly burdensome mental and physical health outcomes, such as depression and cardiovascular disease risk, provide attendees with a first-person experience of an evidence-based mindfulness practice, and describe some of the key new initiatives taking place at the Mindfulness Center.  see all forums

3:30 - 4:30PM
MacMillan Hall, Room 117, 167 Thayer St. Providence
"What Ma Pampo and Vaccines Might Tell Us About How We Get Old"
with Professor Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH
Facebook Event

We all age differently, but those who age with the least amount of disability share some telling characteristics. A common theme of these differences is the relationship of organ dysfunction and size, in immune responses and diet, and markers of inflammation. This conversation, inspired by a 2001 visit with Ma Pampo, who lived to the age of 128, will connect ideas from mangoes, fast food, and vaccine response to brain and kidney function, risks for heart attacks in the context of inflammation, infection and aging.  see all forums

Sunday, May 27th

THE SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH DIPLOMA CEREMONY will be held under the tent on the Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle (Lower Green), behind Sayles Hall. The Ceremony, estimated to begin at 2:30 pm, immediately follows the University Ceremony (see below).

  • Graduating undergraduate public health concenrtrators recieve their diplomas at this ceremony.
  • Graduating graduate students receive their diplomas at the Master's and Doctoral Ceremonies. They are acknowledged at the Public Health Diploma Ceremony and presented with a gift. 
  • For additional details, visit Commencement 2018 or the Commencement FAQ.

Degree-receiving students, please check the following pages for specific Commencement-related requirements and deadlines:

The key ceremonies on Sunday with times and locations:


  • As you can imagine, the whole Brown campus area is packed and it's difficult to move anywhere quickly; parking is infinitely more challenging, so please plan accordingly.
  • For Parking information throughout Commencement Weekend, please visit the parking page.

Other Events & Tips

  • Download the Commencement Guidebook App! For information at your fingertips, download the Guidebook App for Commencement 2018. Graduating students, please encourage your guests to download the app. This tool will help staff, faculty, students, and guests navigate the campus during this busy weekend. 
  • A professional photographer will be present at the Public Health Diploma Ceremony taking candids of the graduates.
  • Many of the weekend’s Commencement events — including the Baccalaureate Service on Saturday, the procession on Sunday and both the College and University ceremonies on Sunday — will be streamed live on the web via Brown's Live Webcast page.
  • Campus Dance (tickets required) is one of Brown’s best-loved traditions, the event brings more than 10,000 people to dance the night away on Friday May 26th under a sky lit with some 600 paper lanterns.
  • Waterfire Downtown Providence - A celebrated work of public art ignites a line of bonfires atop Providence’s downtown rivers. Ful lighting Saturday May 26, 8pm.
  • The Brown Bookstore carries flowers, fresh flower leis, and balloons. Pre-order today!
  • If you plan to grab lunch between the Graduate School ceremony and the School of Public Health ceremony, time will be tight due to the number of people on campus.  We recommend something very quick on Thayer St., or a food truck within walking distance of the festivities. It will be too rushed for a sit-down lunch.  There will be a reception with food and drinks at the School of Public Health ceremony.
  • Packing water and snacks is recommended. There will be several water stations available on campus to fill reusable bottles. Restrooms can be found throughout campus, including on both Simmons Quad and Pembroke Field.
  • More answers to your FAQs here.