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Families and Guests



Accommodations in the Newport area during Commencement weekend are always in high demand; therefore, delay may result in disappointment. Salve Regina has partnered with Campus Travel to provide accommodations at reasonable rates to the University's visitors. Additional accommodations may also be found through Discover Newport.

Guests With Special Accommodations

Students who have a family member or guest with special accommodations attending any of the Commencement events should indicate this on the Commencement RSVP form. This will ensure that all necessary arrangements are made prior to Commencement weekend.

The drop-off area for guests with special needs and their escorts will be located in the parking area at the corner of Shepard and Ochre Point avenues. Safety and Security officers will direct guests once they arrive on campus.

In an effort to provide easier and safer access, a section in the tent will be designated to accommodate wheelchair guests and their escorts. For the graduate ceremony, guests should arrive by 2 p.m. so that they are seated before the academic procession begins at 2:30 p.m. For the undergraduate ceremony, guests should arrive by 9 a.m. so that they are seated before the academic procession begins at 9:15 a.m.


Arrangements have been made with Commencement Photos, Inc. to take close-up pictures of each graduate as degrees are being conferred. Information on how to purchase pictures will be sent directly to your home. Commencement Photos, Inc. may be contacted at (978) 851-5924 or

The Office of University Relations will video record the Honors and Awards, Baccalaureate Mass and Commencement ceremonies. Details on how to access this content will be available on the website shortly after the weekend.