Commencement - Information for Undergraduate Students

Information for Undergraduate Students


Important Dates and Deadlines

March 8: Deadline to order cap, gown and hood at

April 15 to May 9: Commencement tickets available for pickup. See the "Tickets and Announcements" section below for details.

Beginning the week of April 29: Pick up cap, gown and hood at the Salve Regina bookstore.

May 1: Deadline to pay the graduation fee and settle any outstanding financial obligations.

May 13-17: Senior Week and Commencement Ball. For more information, call the Office of Student Engagement at (401) 341-2915.

May 18: Nursing Pinning, McAuley Hall lawn. Assemble at 9 a.m. under the tent, ceremony begins at 10 a.m.

May 18: Baccalaureate Mass, Our Lady of Mercy Chapel. Assemble at 3:30 p.m. in the chapel, ceremony begins at 4 p.m.

May 19: Undergraduate Commencement, McAuley Hall lawn. Assemble at 8 a.m. in Rodgers Recreation Center, procession begins at 9:15 a.m.

Tickets and Announcements

Tickets are required for admission to the undergraduate Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19. Each graduate will be issued six tickets. No additional tickets will be available.

Graduating students are required to pick up their six guest tickets. Tickets will be available for pickup from Monday, April 15 through Thursday, May 9. You must present your Salve ID to pick up tickets. Students will not be permitted to pick up another student's tickets.

Ticket pickup times and locations

Tickets are not needed for the Nursing Pinning or the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday, May 18.

Digital Commencement announcements are available for download. Commemorative announcements may also be purchased from Jostens by calling (800) 854-7464 or online at Announcements cannot be used to gain admission to the Commencement ceremony. 

Graduation Fee and Financial Obligations

A graduation fee of $400 is charged. Even if you do not participate in Commencement activities, this fee must be paid to defray the cost of caps and gowns, announcements, diplomas and diploma cases, mailings and activities. This fee is automatically billed to your account and must be paid to the Business Office by Wednesday, May 1.

In addition, all financial obligations to the University, including outstanding tuition, library fees, parking violations, etc., must be satisfied. The University will not issue your diploma or final transcripts until your account is settled. Please contact the Business Office at (401) 341- 2900 to ensure your account is in good standing or to make payment arrangements.

Senior Week and Commencement Ball

Senior Week activities and the Commencement Ball are organized by the Office of Student Engagement and details will be posted as they become available. For more information, call (401) 341-2915.

Latin Honors

All announcements concerning Latin honors will be handled by the Office of the Registrar. Please do not contact the office to determine your eligibility for honors. Just before Commencement weekend, on late Friday afternoon, a list of the Latin honors recipients will be posted on this website. All baccalaureate degree candidates will be notified by email with a link to the list.

Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.60 or higher will receive honor cords, which are worn at Commencement. Honor cords will be distributed in Rodgers Recreation Center on the morning of Commencement.

Academic Attire

Full academic regalia (including a cap) is required for the Commencement ceremony. During the ceremony, only University-recognized cords, stoles or pins may be worn on the outside of the gown.

Bachelor's degree candidates must order a cap, tassel, gown and hood through by Friday, March 8. The cost is included in the graduation fee. Regalia will be available for pickup from the Salve Regina bookstore beginning the week of April 22. Questions about regalia should be directed to the bookstore at (401) 847-9086 or


During the Commencement ceremony, all graduates receive a diploma cover. Graduates will automatically receive their diploma via U.S. Postal Service at the address listed on the application to graduate.


All graduates will park in the Rodgers Recreation Center lot and adjacent areas as directed by Safety and Security personnel.