May 5 - To the Class of 2021: Reminders for Commencement weekend

Dear Class of 2021,

Just a few reminders as you prepare to celebrate your achievements tomorrow and Sunday. We look forward to celebrating with you and your families.

All students who have confirmed their participation in the ceremony are allowed a maximum of two guests. Guests do not need to RSVP for the ceremony, as they will be registered in association with the student's name, but they will need to check in.

Guest Policies

  • The two-guest maximum is in fact a maximum. Out of fairness and safety considerations for all, we cannot allow the swapping or substitution of guests, nor can we allow young children to sit on laps, etc. The two-guest maximum is not seat based – it is person-based.
  • Accommodations for wheelchairs have been planned in designated areas under the tent.
  • The two guests allowed for Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday do not need to be the same two individuals as allowed on Thursday or Sunday for Commencement ceremonies.
  • Guest check-in for all events will be located between the Misto Gatehouse entrance and the Commencement tent. Please look for signage to indicate the exact location as it differs slightly each day. Check-in will begin approximately one hour prior to each ceremony.
  • Guests do not need to provide a negative Covid-19 test per state guidelines, however they will be screened at check-in. Please review the screening questions in advance.
  • If guests have traveled outside the country within the past 14 days, they should provide proof of vaccination.
  • If there are concerns based on answers to the screening questions, guests will be asked to wait near the check-in area until cleared to enter the tent, or to watch the ceremony virtually. If guests have been vaccinated, they should bring their vaccination card.
  • Graduates and their guests will receive wristbands color-coded by ceremony to assist with safety protocols.
  • Once guests are checked in, they are free to find a seat in the designated seating area. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional lawn seating is not available.
  • Guests must remain masked at all times (even outdoors) and follow social distancing guidelines.
  • Guests will not be allowed to leave their seats during the ceremony to take photos or congregate elsewhere. Should a guest need to leave the tent area for personal or emergency matters, they will be escorted by staff to the tent exit.

Commencement Tent

The Commencement tent will be open on the sides to accommodate air flow. The oceanside location can be cold during the late afternoon/early evening, so please dress accordingly.

Given the last-minute pivot to accommodate guests, the tent setup will include monitors near the seating area to provide additional viewing opportunities.


The ceremony will be live-streamed, with the link available on the Commencement website. The link is not active at this moment but will be easily recognizable on the day of the ceremony.

COVID-19 Testing for Students

Rhode Island’s policy for student testing differs from that of guests at Commencement. The University is following the policies outlined by the state.

  • All graduate students are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 48 hours (2 days) of the ceremony upon check-in. This can be shown electronically or via printout.
  • Undergraduate students who have participated in Salve Regina’s mandatory testing program leading up to Commencement do not need to provide additional documentation of a negative COVID-19 test. Students who were remote this semester or who have not participated in Senior Week activities must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (rapid or PCR) administered within 48 hours (2 days) of the ceremony upon check-in. This can be shown electronically or via printout.

Baccalaureate Mass

Please note that Baccalaureate Mass does not include a hooding ceremony this year. Thus, regalia is not necessary and dressy attire is encouraged. Check-in for Mass will be located near the tent on Saturday, May 8. Graduates and guests are asked to arrive by 3:45 p.m. as the Mass will begin promptly at 4 p.m.

Check-In for Students

  • Check-in for graduate students on Thursday will be at the O’Hare Academic Building. Please check in at 2 p.m.
  • Check-in for undergraduate students on Sunday will be at the Rodgers Recreation Center. All graduates are required to park in the Rodgers lot to allow for guest parking in other areas. Please plan to arrive at least one hour before your scheduled ceremony start time. Ceremonies are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Anyone arriving late will risk missing the procession from Rodgers to the Commencement tent.


The University has contracted with GradImages to provide professional photography during the ceremony. GradImages will take one photo of each student receiving their diploma case from the president (with mask), and there will also be an area set as each graduate descends the stage where a photo will be taken without a mask. GradImages will contact you directly regarding those photos in the event you wish to purchase them.

Following the ceremony, families are allowed to take photographs on campus as long as they remain outside of any buildings. We simply ask that you keep a safe social distance from others and that you re-mask after a photograph is taken.

Social Media

The University has several social media accounts. Please consider tagging us and using the hashtag #salve2021 so that we may continue to share in your celebration.