Student Information

Congratulations upon reaching another milestone in your education. We look forward to honoring your achievements throughout Commencement weekend.

For additional questions regarding Commencement, contact the Commencement office at (401) 341-2162 or commencement@salve.edu. Graduating seniors should direct questions concerning social activities during Commencement Week to the Office of Student Activities at (401) 341-2915.

Graduation Checklist

  • Feb. 23 to March 13: Complete the Commencement RSVP form online.
  • March 16-19: Financial aid exit interviews.
  • April: Purchase cap, gown and hood at the Salve Regina bookstore.
  • April 13-17: Commencement packet pickup. All graduating students must pick up their Commencement packets containing announcements and tickets between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Commencement Office, located in McAuley Hall, Room 001. Packets not picked up will be mailed to the address indicated on the Application to Graduate.
  • April 13: Commencement Ball tickets go on sale in the Office of Student Activities.
  • May 1: Final day to pay the graduation fee and settle any outstanding financial obligations to the University.
  • May 7: Final day to purchase Commencement Ball tickets.

Student Information

Graduation Fees and Financial Obligation

A graduation fee of $225 will be charged through the Business Office. Even if you choose not to participate in Commencement activities, this fee must be paid to defray the cost of announcements, diplomas, diploma cases, mailings and activities. This fee is automatically billed to your account and must be paid to the Business Office before May 1.

In addition, all financial obligations to the University, including outstanding tuition, library fees, parking violations, etc., must be satisfied or the University will not allow you to participate in the Commencement ceremony. The University will not issue your diploma or final transcripts until your account is settled.

To ensure that your account is in good standing or to make payment arrangements, contact the Business Office at (401) 341-2900.

Financial Aid Loan Exit Interview

Undergraduates

Financial aid recipients are required to attend a loan exit interview if during their time at Salve Regina they received one or more of the following loans: Federal Perkins Loan, Nursing Student Loan, Federal Subsidized Stafford Student Loan or Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Student Loan.

Students may choose any session, but must attend one session. Students who do not attend an exit interview session will not receive their diplomas at Commencement.

Graduate students

Financial aid recipients may attend a loan exit interview if during their time at Salve Regina, they received one or more of the following loans: Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Subsidized Stafford Student Loan or Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Student Loan.

Graduate students and distance learners are welcome, but not required, to attend one of the sessions, but must complete the online exit interview to receive a diploma at Commencement.

Exit Interview Schedule

Students should complete the online form prior to attending a financial aid loan exit interview.

Financial aid loan exit interview schedule:

  • 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 16
  • 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 17
  • 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 18
  • 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 19

All exit interviews will be held in the Bazarsky Lecture Hall.

Diplomas

During Commencement, all graduates will receive a ceremonial diploma cover. All diplomas will be sent via the U.S. Postal Service to the address listed by the graduate on the Application to Graduate.

Academic Attire

Undergraduates

Full academic regalia (including a cap) is required for all ceremonies: Honors and Awards, Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement. Bachelor’s degree candidates must purchase a cap (with tassel), gown and hood at the Salve Regina bookstore.

Men should wear black shoes, black socks, dark trousers (preferably black), a white shirt, a dark tie, a black gown, a cap with black tassel and an honor cord if applicable. Women should wear black shoes, neutral stockings, a dress, a black gown, a cap with a black tassel and an honor cord if applicable. Hoods presented at the Baccalaureate Mass are worn at Commencement.

During the Commencement ceremony, only University-recognized cords, stoles or pins may be worn on the outside of the gown. Corsages or other ornamentation are not allowed.

Graduate students

Full academic regalia (including a cap) is required for Commencement. Candidates must purchase a cap (with tassel), gown and hood at the Salve Regina bookstore.

Men should wear black shoes, black socks, dark trousers (preferably black), a white shirt, a dark tie, a cap, a gown and a hood. Women should wear black shoes, neutral stockings, a dress, a cap, a gown and a hood.

During the Commencement ceremony, only University-recognized cords, stoles or pins may be worn on the outside of the gown. Corsages or other ornamentation are not allowed.

Special Events

Commencement Ball

The 65th annual Commencement Ball will be held Thursday, May 14 at the Newport Marriott. The evening will begin with a reception at 7 p.m., followed by dinner at 8 p.m. and then dancing until 1 a.m. Attire for the occasion is formal.

Tickets are $60 per person. Seniors may purchase tickets online beginning Monday, April 13, while guests may purchase tickets beginning Monday, April 27. The deadline to purchase tickets is midnight on Thursday, May 7.

Commencement Ball materials are distributed by the Office of Student Activities. For more information, call (401) 341-2915.

Graduate Reception

Graduate students and their guests will be honored during a reception scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 14 in Ochre Court. Formal invitations will be distributed in the spring.