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Cap and Gown Convocation

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
12:30 p.m.
The Auditorium in Roberts Hall

photo of Cap and Gown Convocation

Please join us as we begin the commencement season and celebrate our​ upcoming graduates.

Procedure for Cap and Gown Convocation

  • Seniors will assemble at 12:15 p.m. in the Helen Forman Theatre in the John Nazarian Center for the Performing Arts
  • The faculty and platform procession will assemble at 12:15 p.m. in the following locations:

    (a) Platform guests (President, Academic Deans, Chair of Council, Chairs of departments and designees presenting awards; award recipients and class officers): Kelley Board Room

    (b) Vice Presidents, Associate and Assistant Deans, Assistant Vice Presidents, other Department Chairs, Emeriti Professors, and all faculty and staff: Roberts 400

Assistance in forming the procession and in seating the faculty and platform guests will be provided by the marshals.

  • The ceremony will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m.
  • Rental Orders for Academic regalia may be placed until Wednesday April 17, 2019 by 5 p.m. Those who have arranged to rent regalia and have prepaid may pick up their orders at the Campus Store Tuesday, April 23, 2019 by 5 p.m.
  • Immediately following the ceremony, a reception will be held in the lobby of Roberts Hall.

If there are any questions, please contact Patricia Nolin at​ or extension 9854.

​Academic Attire​

Academic attire is worn for this occasion! Caps and gowns for the Commencement season should be purchased at the Grad Fest in the Student Union Ballroom between 10:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10​. If you were unable to purchase your cap and gown at that time, please inquire at the RIC Bookstore 456-8025.

If you are living/working out of state and could not either purchase your academic regalia at GradFest or, subsequently, at the RIC Bookstore, you may order by phone or e-mail. Here's how...

Telephone: Contact the RIC Bookstore at (401) 456-8025 and charge to your credit card. If you would like your regalia sent to you, an additional charge will apply.

E-mail: Request that regalia be held for you at the RIC Bookstore. Provide your student ID number and information on your height and weight. Indicate the school in which you will be receiving your degree. Plan to pick up at the RIC Bookstore before the ceremonies.

Academic Procession

The senior line of march will form promptly at 12:15 p.m. in the Helen Forman Theatre of the Nazarian Center. (Click for Indoor and Outdoor Diagrams.)
It will process into the auditorium at 12:30 p.m. Caps should be CARRIED, NOT WORN, into the auditorium (since the capping ceremony is part of the program). Marshals will be on hand to direct the procession outside. Follow their instructions. Once the faculty has processed into the auditorium, seniors will follow them and will be seated in the Center Section.

Special Note: The academic hood you receive with your regalia should be reserved for commencement (hoods are NOT worn on cap and gown day.)

The ceremony will begin promptly at 12:30 p.m. A reception will be held in the lobby of Roberts Hall immediately following the ceremony.

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather, the marshals will direct the line of march, which will remain indoors.​​​​​​​​​​​​

Page last updated: March 22, 2019