Please take a moment to look through this list of questions that are often asked regarding Commencement. Should you have questions that are not answered here, please contact commencement@bryant.edu.

What is the date of Undergraduate Commencement?

Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

What is the date of Graduate Commencement?

Thursday, May 18, 2023 at 5:00 pm

How many tickets does each graduate receive?

Each graduate will be issued five (5) digital tickets for admission to the commencement tent. There are no exceptions to this and no additional tickets available. Commencement ticket information was sent to graduates on May 3.

Additional guests are welcome to campus on graduation day and several alternate viewing options will be available for the live stream including the Academic Innovation Center Forum, and the Ronald K. and Kati C. Machtley Interfaith Center. The additional viewing areas do not require a ticket.

Will the ceremonies be livestreamed?

The ceremonies will be streamed to the Bryant website https://www.bryant.edu and the Commencement website https://commencement.bryant.edu and detailed communications will be sent leading up to the weekend.

How do students get their diplomas?

Class of 2023 undergraduate diplomas will be distributed to graduates following commencement ceremonies.

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

Baccalaureate Service – Friday, May 19, 2023 at 4 p.m.

The Baccalaureate service is an interfaith ceremony of thanksgiving for graduates, families, and friends, led by Bryant chaplains featuring music, readings, and reflection. Students do not wear a cap and gown during this.

President’s Reception – Friday, May 19, 2023 at 5 p.m.

President Gittell welcomes all graduates, families, and friends to this special reception for the Undergraduate Class of 2023. Honorary degree recipients, trustees, faculty members, and staff will also be in attendance. This is an opportunity for graduating seniors to informally gather with professors and other members of the Bryant community who have played a part in their education. The reception concludes at 6:30 p.m. to permit graduates and their families to enjoy dinner off campus.

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

Students should arrive for procession lineup between the Unistructure and the Chace Athletic Center at 8:45 a.m. sharp on Saturday, May 20.

What are the COVID protocols?

COVID-19 guidelines and safety protocols will be announced closer to the event. For additional questions and information, please contact the commencement office at commencement@bryant.edu or 401-232-6921

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 prior to commencement.

Someone in my party has special accommodations, 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 dps@bryant.edu by April 21, 2023.

Do I need to apply to graduate?

Yes. The university requires students to complete the application to graduate in Banner. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 7, 2023. For questions about applying to graduate, please reach out to the Registrar's Office at registrar@bryant.edu

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

Students are expected to be moved out of their housing by 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 20, 2023. For questions regarding move out, please reach out to the Residential Life Office at reslife@bryant.edu.