Class of 2021

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


Thursday, May 20
Graduate Commencement ceremony

5 p.m.
Under the Main Commencement Tent
Download Program (.pdf)
The Archway – 2021 Commencement Issue

Saturday, May 22
Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies

10 a.m. Ceremony No. 1
Under the Main Commencement Tent
Download the program (.pdf)

Bachelor of Arts
Applied Psychology; Chinese; Communication; Global Studies: Global Cultural Interaction track; Global Studies: Global Economics track; Global Studies: Global Politics track; Economics: Industrial Economic & Marketing Regulation track; History; Politics and Law; Psychology; Sociology: Social Research track; Spanish

Bachelor of Science
Actuarial Mathematics; Applied Mathematics and Statistics; Applied Economics; Biology: Cellular and Molecular track; Biology: General; Biology: Pre-Health track; Environmental Science: Environmental Management and Sustainability

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Business Administration: Entrepreneurship; Business Administration: Global Supply Chain Management; Business Administration: Information Systems; Business Administration: Digital Marketing; Business Administration: Marketing

Bachelor of Science in Data Science
Data Science

Bachelor of Science in International Business
International Business: Accounting; International Business: Finance; International Business: Global Supply Chain Management; International Business: Information Systems; International Business: Leadership and Innovation; International Business: Marketing; International Business: Team and Project Management

3 p.m. – Ceremony No. 2
Under the Main Commencement Tent
Download the program (.pdf)
The Archway – 2021 Commencement Issue

Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Business Administration: Accounting; Business Administration: Managerial Accounting & Finance; Business Administration: Finance; Business Administration: Financial Services; Business Administration: Human Resource Management; Business Administration: Leadership and Innovations Management; Business Administration: Management; Business Administration: Team and Project Management

*Further details for each ceremony will be announced at a later date.

Each graduate attending the Graduate Commencement Ceremony on May 20, Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies on May 22 or Graduate and Undergraduate Ceremonies May 23 is permitted to have a maximum of two guests on campus.


Advance response and registration is required for all graduates and guests planning to attend the Commencement ceremonies in person, and for all graduates planning to participate remotely. Only graduating students may register their two guests. Tickets and contactless entrance will be required.


What is the date of Undergraduate Commencement?

Saturday, May 22, 2021, 10:00 am and 3:00 pm

What is the date of Graduate Commencement?

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 5:00 pm

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.

Do I need to apply to graduate?

Yes. The University only graduates and generates diplomas for students who complete the application to graduate in Banner. Deadline to apply is April 7, 2021.

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?

2021 graduating students must be in the Unistructure for line-up one hour in advance of their Commencement ceremony time. All students will receive a reader card and advance communications that will let them know their ceremony time and line-up time.

All 2021 graduating seniors must report wearing their cap, gown, hood, and any cords to their specified area outside the Unistructure. Graduates must also bring their reader card.

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. Grads and guests in the 2021 10:00 am undergraduate ceremony are asked to be off campus by 1:30 pm so we may clean and prepare for the 3:00 pm ceremony.

How do students get their diplomas?

Class of 2021 diplomas will be mailed to Graduates’ address on file with the Registrar.

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.

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.

What are reader cards?

Reader cards are given to each graduate at the May 14th Grad Fair outside on Fisher Patio from 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Students are required to pick up their reader cards in order to participate in the ceremony. Students must hold onto their card and bring it with them the day of Commencement, as they will be used to call the graduate’s name on the day of the ceremony.

What time do students have to move out of their housing?

Students are expected to be moved out of their housing by 1:30 pm for graduates in the 10:00 am ceremony and by 9 pm for graduates in the 3:00 pm ceremony. Students in the 10:00 am ceremony who do not move out by 1:30 pm may return to campus between 6:00 – 9:00 pm to move out.