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 Needs

Students who have a family member or guest with special needs 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.

Food Service and Facilities

Sodexo will sell refreshments throughout the weekend. Jazzman Cafe, located in the O'Hare Academic Building, will offer the following schedule:

  • 1-3:30 p.m. Thursday, May 17 (beverages and snacks)
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19 (soups, salads, sandwiches, beverages and snacks)
  • 7 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, May 20 (beverages and snacks)

Flowers will be on sale at a table near the Commencement tent on Sunday.

Restrooms will be available throughout the weekend. Non-handicapped restrooms will be available behind Angelus Hall, and a handicapped restroom will be available on the south lawn near Shepard Avenue.


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 customerservice@commencementphotos.com.

The Office of Digital Communications 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.


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