Commencement Information for Medical School Degree Recipients

Academic Regalia: The Brown Bookstore recently updated its online order form so students can rent academic regalia from its website. Orders may be placed online, as of March 2020, at the Brown University Bookstore website, or in person at the Bookstore. All graduating medical students who are participating in the procession and graduation ceremony are required to rent the medical school cap (tam), gown and hood.

Attending Graduation: If you will not be participating in the medical school procession and graduation ceremony, please let us know using this form. Your diploma will be mailed to the address provided on your graduation application.

Class Photograph: Your class photograph will be taken on Sunday morning, May 24, at 8:30 a.m. at the Marcus Aurelius statue (behind Sayles Green on Lincoln Field).

Class Speaker: All graduating medical students are eligible to run for class speaker. Class speaker to be selected by the graduating class. 

Commencement Ceremony: The Alpert Medical School Commencement Ceremony will take place in the First Unitarian Church (1 Benevolent Street) at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, May 24, 2020. Doors will open at 9:15 a.m. for seating, and although tickets are not required, we kindly ask that you limit the number of guests in the church to (5). Seating is very limited and after we reach capacity at the church, guests will be ushered to the Parish Hall for overflow seating. Individuals requiring handicapped access or seating should arrive between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. The ceremony, which includes the awarding of medical degrees, will end at approximately 11:45 a.m. A reception with light refreshments follows at the Hope Club (6 Benevolent Street) until 1:30 p.m.

Diploma Pronunciation: In order to assist us with the proper pronunciation of your name at the graduation ceremony on May 24, please email your name, written phonetically and with emphasized syllables in caps, to  Julie Haines by April 19.  Example: April Augustino [ey-pruhl aw-guh-steen-OH]

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

Graduation Questionnaire: Please remember to complete the Medical School Graduation Questionnaire (GQ) which is provided by the Association of American Medical Colleges and its member medical schools. Your input will provide valuable information to our medical school concerning medical education issues at both our school as well as nationally. The website for the GQ is, will be activated as of February 14. The questionnaire should be completed prior to June  5, 2020.

Hooding Photograph: A photographer has been hired to take pictures of the graduates as they are hooded in the First Unitarian Church. Photos are available HERE for purchase. 

Invitations for Graduation: The invitations serve only as announcements to friends and relatives, inviting them to attend the commencement ceremony in the First Unitarian Church. They are provided by the Student Affairs Office, at no charge, and can be picked up by graduating seniors anytime mid-April from Janice Viticonte's office, room 212.

Procession: The Medical School Procession will form at 9:30 a.m. on Waterman Street, facing west, running from Faunce House back toward Thayer Street (Arnold Lab side of the street), and will step off at approximately 9:45 a.m.  For details on the exact route of the entire procession, consisting of undergraduates, faculty, alumni, the Graduate School and the medical school, visit the Procession page.

Seating: Seating in the First Unitarian Church is on a first-come, first-served basis.  We kindly ask that you limit the number of guests in the church to (5). Seating is very limited and after we reach capacity at the church, guests will be ushered to the Parish Hall for overflow seating. There is a section reserved for handicapped seating. Individuals requiring handicapped access or seating should arrive at the church between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. There are also reserved sections in the center and side aisles for the seniors, faculty, alumni and administration participating in the Medical School Procession.

Senior Week: There will be many activities planned for the week prior to graduation, and further details will be sent to graduating students via email.

Special Accommodations: Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations during the weekend should contact the Office of University Event and Conference Services as far in advance of Commencement as possible at 401-863-3100. Handicapped parking passes are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Apply by filling out the handicapped parking form. 

Storm plan: In the event of severe weather, the Commencement procession will be canceled, and the University Ceremony will be moved indoors and begin at 12 p.m. The Alpert Medical School Commencement ceremony will not be affected. Medical school degree recipients and their families should report to the First Unitarian Church at 9:30 a.m. For more information about the storm plan, visit the storm plan page.

Student Pagers: Student pagers can be turned in to Janice Viticonte in Student Affairs, Room 212, before May 17.  Once your pager has been returned, Janice will issue you a reimbursement in the amount of $75 to your student account. Those students who have lost their pagers will have to pay an additional fee.

Tickets for Graduation: Tickets are not required for the graduation ceremony in the First Unitarian Church. We are asking that only (5) guests sit in the church per student, additional guests can sit in the Parish Hall for overflow seating. The ceremony will be live streamed.  Be mindful that once we reach capacity, the fire marshal will not allow additional bodies into the church. All are welcome to attend the reception at the Hope Club following the ceremony.

Unpaid Bills: If you have any unpaid bills with the Controller's Office, please be sure you have taken care of them prior to graduation.