Commencement exercises for the 66th graduating class will be held Sunday, May 15, and events related to Commencement will take place throughout the weekend. All events will be held in the tent located behind McAuley Hall on the Cliff Walk.
All students receive four tickets to the Commencement exercises, with the opportunity to request an additional four tickets. No tickets are required for either the Honors and Awards Ceremony or the Hooding Ceremony and Baccalaureate Mass.
Questions regarding Commencement should be directed to the Commencement Office at (401) 341-2162 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The office is located in McAuley Hall, Room 001. All questions concerning social activities during Commencement Week should be directed to the Office of Student Activities at (401) 341-2915.
Schedule of Events
10 a.m. Sunday, May 15
Procession begins at 9:15 a.m.
All graduates assemble at 8:15 a.m. in the Rodgers Recreation Center
Graduates intending to participate in the Commencement ceremony must be in an assigned seat in the Rodgers Recreation Center by 8:15 a.m. If you are not in place by 8:15 a.m., your name will not be called during the ceremony. There will be no exceptions.
Please allow yourself and your family plenty of time for traveling to the University, finding a parking place, preparing your attire for the procession and locating your seat in Rodgers. Directions for the academic procession will be given at this time. Before leaving home, be certain that you have your cap, gown, tassel, academic hood and, if applicable, your honor cord.
The ceremony will end about noon. Families and guests who are making luncheon plans or other celebratory arrangements for after the ceremony should remember that traffic leaving the area will be heavy immediately following the ceremony.
11 a.m. Saturday, May 14
Undergraduates, families and guests are asked to be seated in the tent by 10:30 a.m.
The Honors and Awards ceremony recognizes the achievements of the Class of 2016. Honor cords will be presented at the ceremony. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher will receive honor cords, which are worn at Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement.
The Office of Academic Affairs handles all announcements concerning Honors and Awards. Students should not contact the office to determine their eligibility for honors. Just before Commencement weekend, on late Friday afternoon, a list of the Latin honors recipients will be posted on the Salve Regina website. All baccalaureate degree candidates will be notified by email with a link to the webpage.
3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 14
Undergraduates assemble at 2:30 p.m. in the Rodgers Recreation Center
The hooding ceremony, which is a Salve Regina tradition, is a notable part of the liturgy. The hoods are a sign of academic achievement and the trim of the hood signifies the degree earned.
White-trimmed hoods designate the Bachelor of Arts degree. Yellow-trimmed hoods designate the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees. The hoods are lined in blue and white to represent the school colors. All baccalaureate candidates will receive hoods with their regalia and should bring them to the ceremony. Candidates will receive further instructions the day of the ceremony.
White-trimmed hoods designated the Master of Arts degree, while yellow-trimmed hoods designate the Master of Science degree. Brown-trimmed hoods designate the Master of Business Administration degree, while dark blue-trimmed hoods designate the Doctor of Philosophy degree. The hoods are lined in blue and white to represent the school colors.
Doctoral students will be hooded during the Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 17, but are welcome to participate in the Baccalaureate Mass.
Clergy Request Form
Any student with a relative who is a Roman Catholic priest or deacon may request that he concelebrate/assist at the Baccalaureate Mass. A clergy request form must be completed in order for this request to be considered. Completed forms must be forwarded electronically to Carol Andos by May 1.
Priests are asked to bring their own alb and a white stole. Each priest or deacon must submit a letter of good standing from his superior/bishop.