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March 30 - To the Class of 2021: Commencement update and RSVP form

Dear Class of 2021,

Thank you for your patience as we finalize details related to celebrating your achievements at Salve Regina. We continue to monitor data in consultation with the state, as well as our colleagues at other higher education institutions, in order to logistically manage Commencement in a safe and responsible way for all.

Although recent guidelines state that as of May 1, venues of assembly may "allow capacity to be 10 percent of the venue's regular seating capacity, up to 1,000 attendees," that number does not account for social distancing requirements. The space that Salve Regina has available (customary tent on the McAuley Hall lawn) has a COVID-19 capacity of just over 300 people due to the social distancing requirement. While the gathering limit has increased, the social distancing requirement has not changed, which affects the number able to assemble in the tent space.

Stadium spaces and other options outside of campus are either unavailable or require orchestration that would logistically challenge both organizers and attendees in such a way that we would not be providing you with the recognition you deserve as a Salve Regina graduate. Again, our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to process and walk across the dais according to tradition. Should we be able to adjust the number of individuals able to assemble in the tent space, our priority is to reduce the number of ceremonies so that classmates and friends can celebrate this milestone together.

Below please find details regarding the individual ceremonies for both graduate and undergraduate candidates, as well as additional information based on questions we have received.

  • The graduate ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 6 under the Commencement tent. Please let us know whether you plan to attend by Friday, April 23. All participants will be required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 48 hours of the ceremony or proof of vaccination upon check-in.
  • Baccalaureate Mass will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 8 in Our Lady of Mercy Chapel. Please let us know whether you plan to attend by Friday, April 23. The Mass will also be offered virtually.
  • Undergraduate ceremonies on Sunday, May 9 have been scheduled to accommodate the number of participants according to degree. Please let us know whether you plan to attend by Friday, April 23. The times and degrees associated are:
    • Commencement and pinning ceremony for nursing recipients: 10 a.m.
    • Commencement for B.A.S. and B.A. degree recipients: 1 p.m.
    • Commencement for non-nursing B.S. degree recipients: 4 p.m.

If you are unsure which degree you are receiving, a list of majors associated with each degree is listed on the Commencement website.

  • Individuals who were undergraduates in 2020 and are now graduate recipients in 2021 may choose to attend one or both celebrations on their scheduled dates (May 6 and May 16).
  • Those participating in the ceremony will need to be tested prior to the ceremony itself. For current students, the University’s mandatory testing program is sufficient.
  • Students who are fully remote this semester may participate with proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 48 hours of the ceremony or proof of vaccination. Please let us know whether you plan to attend by Friday, April 23. Proof of a negative test or vaccination will be required upon check-in.
  • Senior Week activities for undergraduate students have been announced and tickets will be available through Friday, April 16.
  • The University has worked with our hotel partners to offer discounted rooms for you and your families.
  • If you have decided that you will not be participating in Commencement, please let us know via the RSVP form by Friday, April 23.
  • Salve Regina is unable to provide any viewing venues for parents or families at this time as all larger spaces and resources have already been allocated to other Commencement operations.
  • Students who ordered their regalia can pick it up in the Salve Regina bookstore beginning in late April. For undergraduate students, the cost of regalia is included in your graduation fee, which is an administrative fee charged regardless of participation in the ceremony. Graduate students may pay for their regalia during pickup, or they may call the bookstore to pay for their regalia and have it shipped.
  • Students and families who wish to take photos on campus may do so outdoors at any time on Saturday, May 8 or on Sunday, May 9 beginning at 6 p.m.

We will continue to monitor conditions impacting our campus and we will continue to provide updated information as often as we can. Please check our Commencement website for the latest information as well.

Thank you again for your patience and understanding as we work within the parameters of our physical campus and state guidelines to offer the safest and most memorable experience possible.