Graduate Student Schedule

Friday, May 23

Campus Dance, sponsored by the Brown Alumni Association.
9:00 pm - 1:00 am
The College Green

Saturday, May 24

Commencement Forum
Metcalf Research Laboratory, Friedman Auditorium, Room 101
11:00 am

John H. Ewing '71 PhD, 2014 Horace Mann Medalist, president of Math for America

Is There an Education Crisis?
We are told often that K-12 education is in a crisis, that we are spiraling downward, and that our nation is at grave risk. Politicians, pundits, and even educators themselves urge us to act immediately and radically. Are we in crisis? Are things worse now than 50 years ago? The evidence for a crisis is surprisingly ambiguous, and we may be making things worse by manufacturing one. How did we get here? What drives this apocalyptic view of education? What are the real problems in education today? And how do we return to a more rational and measured approach to solving those problems in order to make education work better for more? 

Graduate School Ceremony Rehearsal & Diploma Check-In
All advanced-degree recipients are required to attend a walk-through of Commencement. Please check in at the registration table designated for your degree. This process helps us to organize the diplomas.
Simmons Quadrangle
2:30 pm

Graduate School & Annual Fund Reception for Graduating Students
Gathering for advanced-degree ’14 candidates. See invitation for details. Reception follows rehearsal.

Sunday, May 25

Commencement Procession Formation (eligible candidates only) – 9:00 am
Academic regalia is REQUIRED to participate in the Procession and the Graduate School Ceremony

Find your degree sign by 9:00 am in the Graduate School lineup area on Waterman St. between Brown and Thayer Streets. Please check in with the organizer for your degree. Students line up alphabetically by degree and process to the ceremony in this order.

Graduate School Ceremony (conferring of degrees)
Simmons Quad
10:15 am

University Ceremony – graduate students have a reserved section
The College Green
12:45 pm

Storm Plan: The Commencement procession will be cancelled only in the event of severe storm conditions. If the storm plan is enacted, it will be announced on the Brown University home page, a message will be left at (401) 863-2474, and a text sent to students’ cell phones. Under the storm plan, PhD candidates should report directly to the ground level of Lyman Hall and master's recipients should report to the basement of the Metcalf building by 9 a.m. to line up for the procession to the Graduate School ceremony on Simmons Quadrangle.The ceremony may be viewed by webstreaming, as well. It is scheduled to begin at 10:15 am.

All times are approximate.