Commencement Schedule

Below are some of the highlights of Commencement activities happening throughout the weekend.

Friday, May 23 

NOON – 6 PM
Commencement Welcome Center
Families and students are invited to stop by the Commencement Welcome Center for information about events, locations, and more. The Welcome Center will also be distributing the Commencement and Reunion Weekend brochure, which is a full listing of the weekend’s events and activities.
>Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center, Welcome Desk

9 PM - 1 AM
Campus Dance
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 and family. Visit the Alumni Reunion website for more information. 

Saturday, May 24

9 AM – 4 PM
Commencement Welcome Center
Families and students are invited to stop by the Commencement Welcome Center for information about events, locations, and more. The Welcome Center will also be distributing the Commencement and Reunion Weekend brochure, which is a full listing of the weekend’s events and activities.
>Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center, Welcome Desk

9 AM
Forums (various locations)
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 with the University. Join us for 2014Forums and explore the breadth of knowledge and experience in the Brown community. A full listing of 2014 forums will be available in late April.

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Forums (see 9 AM listing)

12:30 PM
Forums (see 9 AM listing)

1:30 PM
Baccalaureate Procession Line-up
Graduates participating in the Baccalaureate Ceremony should meet on Waterman Street (near the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center). Guests are asked to be seated on the Main Green.

2:30 PM
Baccalaureate Service
Brown University's Baccalaureate Service embraces lively expressions of thanksgiving, harmony, and rhythm and includes music, dance, and spiritual readings. The service incorporates the many spiritual and cultural traditions of the Brown community. This multi-faith service begins with the Lion Dance, a Chinese tradition in which the lion banishes evil spirits and brings good luck. In addition, one of the highlights of the service is the keynote address. The Baccalaureate speaker is traditionally announced in late April.

Because seating in the First Baptist Church in America is sufficient only for the graduating class, family and friends may watch a large-screen videocast of the service on the College Green, in the Salomon Center for Teaching, or in Sayles Hall.
>Grounds of the First Baptist Church in America, Steeple and North Main Streets

3:30 PM
Forums (see 9 AM listing)

Sunday, May 25

8 AM – 3 PM
Commencement Welcome Center
Families and students are invited to stop by the Commencement Welcome Center for information about events, locations, and more. The Welcome Center will also be distributing the Commencement and Reunion Weekend brochure, which is a full listing of the weekend’s events and activities.
>Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center, Welcome Desk

9:45 AM
The Commencement Procession
The traditional walk through the Van Wickle Gates, one of Brown’s oldest and greatest traditions, brings together the entire Brown community. The procession steps off promptly at 9:45 am from Waterman Street, outside of Faunce Arch.  Graduate degree candidates should line up at 9:00 am. Alumni are asked to assemble at their assigned class locations by 9:15 am. Undergraduate degree candidates should report to the assembly area by 9:30 am. Medical School degree candidates line up at 10:30 am.
>Waterman Street, outisde of Faunce Arch

10:15 AM
Graduate School Commencement Ceremony
This ceremony for graduate students, their families, and friends features the awarding of advanced degrees. The Horace Mann Medal is awarded. Dean of the Graduate School Peter M. Weber presides. Please visit the Graduate School Commencement page for more information.
>Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle

11:15 AM (estimate)
Medical School Commencement Ceremony and Awarding of Degrees
Doors will open at 10:30 am for general seating. Dr. Jack A. Elias, dean of medicine and biological sciences, will preside. Immediately following the Medical School ceremony, a post-graduation reception for the Medical School faculty, graduates and their families will be held at the Hope Club, across the street from the First Unitarian Church.
>First Unitarian Church of Providence, Benefit and Benevolent Streets

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12:10 PM (estimated)
College Ceremony
This ceremony takes place on the grounds of the First Baptist Church in America, President Christina H. Paxson presiding. The ceremony will be videocast to the College Green, Salomon Center and Sayles Hall.
>Grounds of the First Baptist Church in America, Steeple and North Main Streets

12:45 PM (estimated)
University Ceremony
Senior orations and honorary and symbolic degrees are awarded on the College Green, President Christina H. Paxson presiding. The ceremony will conclude at approximately 2 pm.
>The College Green

2:15 – 4 PM (estimated)
Diploma Ceremonies
Following the conclusion of the University Ceremony, graduating seniors and their families attend individual diploma ceremonies and receptions at which students are awarded their diplomas individually. Families and graduating seniors are strongly encouraged to meet at the location of their diploma ceremony rather than trying to locate each other on the College Green. Refreshments will be served at the diploma ceremonies.
>Various Locations