Commencement for the Class of 2020

Frequently Asked Questions for the Class of 2020

Learn more about plans for Commencement for the Class of 2020.

Commencement for the Class of 2020 will be held from Friday, May 27 to Sunday, May 29, 2022. Please see the Weekend Overview for additional information.

Commencement registration for members of the undergraduate Class of 2020 will open on Monday, April 18 through MyBrown and will close on Thursday, May 19. Registration is required and must be completed by May 19 for access to class events.

Commencement registration for the graduate Class of 2020 will open in late March through Marching Order and will close on May 14. Registration is required by May 14 for access to class events.

Members of the Warren Alpert Medical School Class of 2020 must register using this form.

Each class will have its own, separate, ceremony. The Class of 2020 undergraduate ceremony will take place on Saturday morning, complete with many of the traditional elements of Commencement, including procession, regalia, senior orators and a presidential address. The Class of 2020 Graduate School ceremony will also take place separately on Saturday. The Class of 2022 will celebrate their Commencement on Sunday morning.

 

Yes! The undergraduate Class of 2020 will be provided with complimentary regalia that will be picked up at check-in.

Graduate members of the Class of 2020 are now able to order their regalia on the Oak Hall website. Orders must be placed by April 14, 2022. 

Undergraduates who completed their degrees in 2019.5, 2020 or 2020.5 are welcome to attend the ceremony and weekend celebrations. 

Graduate students who completed in October 2019, February 2020 and May 2020 and the Warren Alpert Medical School Class of 2020 will also be welcomed back to campus.

The University is providing free on-campus housing to members of the undergraduate Class of 2020 only from Friday, May 27 at 3 p.m. through Monday, May 30 at noon. Please note, there is a two-night minimum for on-campus housing. 

Housing reservations for members of the undergraduate Class of 2020 will open on Tuesday, March 22 and close on Thursday, April 14 at 11:59 p.m. ET. 

More information about on-campus housing, including a link to make your reservation, can be found on the Residential Life website.

Family, friends or other guests must wait until the Commencement guests reservation process which will open Wednesday, April 18 and close at 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, May 8. Guest rooms will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. More information on guest reservations, including pricing, can be found on the Residential Life website.

Undergraduate members of the Class of 2020 will receive one ticket to the Last Meal at the Ratty Welcome Event, Campus Dance, Class of 2020 Picnic Lunch, the Commencement and Reunion Breakfast on Saturday and the Pre-Commencement Breakfast on Sunday with registration. For the Class of 2020 Undergraduate Celebration, tickets for members of the undergraduate Class of 2020 and one guest will be provided with registration. Other events may be discounted for class members. Registration is required for all events. 

Graduate members of the Class of 2020 are invited to the GSC Champagne Toast and will receive one ticket to the Campus Dance (if they select they will attend) with registration. Guest ticket allotments for the Class of 2020 graduate ceremony and reception will be announced after pre-registration concludes in February. Other events may be discounted for class members. Registration is required for most events.

Yes, we are excited to welcome families and guests to Commencement weekend. 

The University will follow public health guidance and protocols in place at that time, but we currently anticipate that families and guests will be able to attend.  

The Undergraduate and Graduate Class of 2020 Ceremonies will not be ticketed.

The Warren Alpert Medical School Commencement for the graduating classes of 2020 and 2022 will be ticketed. Each student will receive four tickets. Tickets will be distributed to the students on Saturday, May 28, during the mandatory rehearsal. 

The College has reached out directly to offer financial assistance for travel to members of the undergraduate Class of 2020 who had high demonstrated financial need and for whom traveling to Providence may be a financial burden.

Throughout your participation in the weekend’s activities, please visit the Healthy Brown website for the most up-to-date information for graduates, families and guests participating in Commencement and Reunion.

The Class of 2020 indicated a preference for holding its Commencement Celebration during Commencement/Reunion Weekend, May 27-29, 2022. By holding it then, the Class of 2020 will not only have a dedicated Commencement ceremony and special class events but be able to participate in the cherished traditions of the Weekend, including Campus Dance and the full Commencement procession. In order to accommodate the number of regularly scheduled events during Commencement/Reunion Weekend, we are not able to hold individual departmental ceremonies for the Class of 2020.

Email commencement@brown.edu with any questions.