Weekend at a Glance

Friday, May 24, 2019

Campus Dance

Campus Dance

FRIDAY, 9 P.M.

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. All family members and guests are welcome to attend. Tickets are required for all attendees.

Campus Dance website

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Forums

Forums

SATURDAY, BEGINNING AT 9 A.M.

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 to the University. All family members and guests are welcome to attend and forums do not require a ticket.

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Baccalaureate

Baccalaureate

SATURDAY, 2:30 P.M. (ESTIMATE)

Baccalaureate is a multifaith ceremony for undergraduates that incorporates the many spiritual and cultural traditions of the Brown community. The ceremony starts on the College Green with a procession that leads graduates to the First Baptist Church of America. Due to limited seating capacity, only seniors will be allowed into the church. All guests and family members are invited to watch the ceremony from the College Green, where the event will be simulcast.

Learn more about Baccalaureate 

 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Procession

Procession

SUNDAY, 9:45 A.M.

The Commencement procession is a joyous celebration. Candidates for degrees march across the College Green and through the Van Wickle Gates, which are opened only twice each year. Alumni who have returned for Reunion march with their classes. Once the last person is through the Van Wickle Gates, the procession inverts and continues down College Street, with each participant applauding the others.

Parents, relatives and friends of seniors are strongly advised to find seats on the College Green during the opening procession, where they can view the live simulcast of the procession. The procession is made up of approximately 6,000 participants that line the route, making photography and lines of sight challenging for guests.

Learn more about the procession 

Graduate School Doctroial Ceremony, Alpert Medical School Commencement ceremony and Graduate School Master's Ceremony

Graduate School Doctoral Ceremony, Alpert Medical School Commencement Ceremony and Graduate School Master's Ceremony

The medical school adjourns to the First Unitarian Church on Benefit and Benevolent streets. The Graduate School continues its procession to two locations, holding the Doctoral Ceremony on Pembroke Field and the Master’s Ceremony in Meehan Auditorium. Ph.D. and master’s students receive their actual diplomas at the ceremonies. The procession and Doctoral and Master's Ceremonies will be available via livestream.

  •     Doctoral Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. (estimated)   
  •     Master's Ceremony: 10:30 a.m. (estimated) 
  •     Medical School Ceremony: 10:15 a.m. (estimated) at the First Unitarian Church

Find Commencement information specific to the Graduate School Find Commencement information specific to the Medical School

 

College Ceremony

College Ceremony

12:15 P.M. (ESTIMATE)

The senior class assembles on the lawn of the First Baptist Church in America for the official conferral of undergraduate degrees at the College ceremony. After the ceremony ends, the seniors walk up the hill and take seats on the College Green for the University ceremony.

Family and friends should remain on the College Green during the College ceremony, where large screens offer a continuous view of the proceedings. 

 

University Ceremony

University Ceremony

1:15 P.M. (ESTIMATE)

Undergraduate, graduate and medical students unite on the College Green for this ceremony. President Christina Paxson presides, senior orations are delivered and honorary and symbolic degrees are awarded.

Learn more about the University Ceremony 

Diploma Ceremonies

Diploma Ceremonies

2:30 - 4:30 P.M. (ESTIMATE)

All degrees are symbolically conferred during the University ceremony. Separate diploma ceremonies for each academic department follow the main ceremony. Undergraduates receive their diplomas at these ceremonies; many departments also welcome graduate students. Held under cover if the weather is bad, these ceremonies provide a more intimate atmosphere for families and graduates.

View a complete list of Diploma Ceremony locations