Class of 2020

With high vaccination rates and improved COVID conditions, the State of Rhode Island has recently announced plans to curtail some public health related restrictions and requirements. This means that we can allow guests, along with the graduates and the platform party, under the Commencement tent. In alignment with new guidance released by the CDC, if you are fully vaccinated you are no longer required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors.

Commencement ceremonies will also be livestreamed and accessible via

Sunday, May 23

Graduate and Undergraduate Commencement ceremony
for the Class of 2020
11 a.m. under the Main Commencement Tent
Download the program (.pdf)
The Archway – 2020 Commencement Issue


Advance response and registration is required for all Class of 2020 graduates and guests planning to attend the Commencement ceremonies in person, and for all Class of 2020 graduates who wish to participate virtually. Tickets and contactless entrance will be required.


What is the date of Undergraduate Commencement?

Sunday, May 23, 2021, 11:00 am EST

What is the date of Graduate Commencement?

Sunday, May 23 2021, 11:00 am EST

How do I view the virtual Commencement events?

The ceremonies will be streamed to the Bryant website and the Commencement website and detailed communications will be sent leading up to the weekend.

How do students get their diplomas?

Class of 2020 diplomas were mailed to all graduates.

What other ceremonies/services are there prior to Undergraduate Commencement?

Baccalaureate Service – Friday, May 21, 2021 at 4PM – Main Commencement Tent

An interfaith ceremony of thanksgiving for graduates, families, and friends, led by Bryant chaplains featuring music, readings, and reflection. Students do not a wear cap and gown during this. Guests are welcome with advance registration.

What time do students have to be there the day of the ceremony?

2020 Graduates must be on campus at 9:30 am and will be directed to check-in to receive their reader cards. Check your Bryant email for further details and follow signage on campus.

Can I have guests on campus?

Each graduate will be permitted a maximum of two guests who must be registered in advance. Registration links were sent via a digital invitation and registration is now closed.

Where will in-person guests be seated?

Guests who are registered in advance will be checked-in, receive a wrist band, and will be seated under the tent with chairs spaced three-feet apart. Due to public health standards and best practices, Bryant University will require masking and three-foot social distancing outdoors for all graduates and guests.

Do I need a COVID test to come on campus?

All those participating in ceremonies and their guests viewing Commencement on campus will no longer need to take a PCR screening test for COVID-19 within 48 hours of the ceremony itself.

What are reader cards?

Reader cards are required to process and participate in the ceremony. They are used to call the graduate’s name on the day of the ceremony. Graduates will receive their reader card at check-in on campus.

Someone in my party has special needs, how do I accommodate them?

Bryant University will have the following special accommodations available at all commencement ceremonies:

  • Assisted Listening Devices
  • ASL Interpretation
  • Wheelchair accessible seating and restrooms
  • Accessible parking

For additional accommodations not listed above, please email by April 23, 2021.