Families and Guests


Accommodations in the Newport area during Commencement weekend are always in high demand; therefore delay may result in disappointment. We recommend working with Discover Newport for your accommodation needs. They may be reached at (800) 976-5122. In addition, we have partnered with several local establishments to provide accommodations at reasonable rates to our campus visitors.


Families and guests are asked to arrive early for all Commencement weekend events. Security officers will be posted at all entrances to campus both Saturday and Sunday to assist with parking.

Guests with Special Needs

We would like to accommodate guests with special needs in the most helpful and efficient way possible. Students who have a family member or guest with special needs attending any of the Commencement events should complete the appropriate section on the Commencement RSVP form. This will ensure that all necessary arrangements are made prior to Commencement weekend.

The drop-off area for guests with special needs and their escorts is located in the parking area at the corner of Ochre Point and Shepard avenues. This area is for drop-off only. A section in the tent will be designated to accommodate wheelchair guests and their escorts. Guests should arrive by 9 a.m. so that they are seated before the academic procession begins at 9:15 a.m.