Graduate Students

Commencement is an important event for you, your family and the entire University community. The Graduate School holds separate ceremonies for Master's and Doctoral students, with Master's student processing to Pembroke Field and doctoral students to Simmons Quad. The ceremonies will last about 90 minutes. We hope you will enjoy this weekend, as we celebrate academic accomplishments.

1. Register to attend either the Graduate School doctoral or master's ceremony through the Application to Graduate. If you need to change your attendance response, contact Susan Ely at 401-863-9546 as soon as possible. 

2. Rent or purchase academic regalia.
You must wear regalia appropriate for your degree to participate in the procession and ceremony. There are no exceptions to this rule. You can order your academic regalia online at the Brown Bookstore beginning for pick up after May 17, 2018. Master’s candidates and PhD candidates need a gown, cap or tam, and a hood. The Bookstore charges an additional $6.50 late fee for rental orders placed after April 22.

    3. Plan to attend a mandatory rehearsal on Saturday, May 26 at Simmons Quad, followed by a reception for graduating students on McMillan side lawn tent along Manning Walk. 
    Master's Students:
    1:00 pm Rehearsal on Simmons Quad | 2:00-3:30 pm Reception MacMillan Hall side lawn
    Doctoral Students: 2:30 pm Rehearsal on Simmons Quad | 3:30-5:00 pm Reception MacMillan Hall side lawn

    4. Sign up for BrownCONNECT, an online career networking program for alumni and students.

    5. Doctoral candidates and master's students with thesis should read the dissertation and thesis guidelines.

    If you have questions regarding this year’s ceremony or our preparations, please contact Susan Ely at 401-863-9546.

    Certified Electronic Diplomas
    Brown offers graduates a Certified Electronic (Ce) Diploma. Find out more

    Special Accommodations
    Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations during the weekend should contact the Office of University Events and Conference Services as far in advance of Commencement as possible at 401-863-3100 and complete the Handicapped Parking Pass form requesting a parking permit for persons with special accessibility needs.