Brown University
International Relations

Commencement & IR Diploma Ceremony

IMPORTANT DATES

May 1 CAP AND GOWN PURCHASE

Cap and gowns may be purchased from the Brown Bookstore starting May 1. Students are required to wear their cap and gown for the Baccalaureate Service on Saturday, May 27, and the Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 28. NO EXCEPTIONS.

May 19 TRANSFER CREDIT

Last day to submit official transcripts from study elsewhere to complete requirements. Transfer work from study elswhere being used for concentration credit must be submitted to the Registrar's Office.

May 27 BACCALAUREATE

Baccalaureate is an optional event for undergraduate students, but members of the graduating class are encouraged to attend. Line up for the procession begins at 1:30 PM on Waterman Street in front of the Stephen Robert ’62 Campus Center.  Encourage your family and guests to find comfortable seating on the Main Green to view the procession and ceremony.  Guests are not permitted on the grounds of the First Baptist Church.

May 28 PROCESSION

Line up for procession no later than 9:30 am on Sunday, May 25, 2014.  Encourage your family and guests to find comfortable seating on the Main Green for the College and University ceremonies which immediately follow the procession.

IR DIPLOMA CEREMONY

TIME AND PLACE

The diploma ceremony for the International Relations Program immediately follows the University Ceremony on the College Green.

Date: Sunday, May 28th
Time:  2:15 PM – 3:15 PM (est)
Place :  Ittleson Quadrangle (Athletic Complex)
Reception: A reception under the adjacent tent will follow the ceremony (approx. 3:15-4:00 PM). 
Students and family members should head for Ittleson Quadrangle immediately following the University Ceremony on the main green.

NAME PRONUNCIATION, PHOTOGRAPHS, POST-BROWN PLANS


Name pronounciation
Make sure we don’t mispronounce your name on stage during the diploma ceremony!

Photographs
Island Photography will be taking professional pictures at the diploma ceremony. There is absolutely *NO obligation* to purchase photos. Students with questions should contact Island Photography directly at 516-767-1234.
Each graduate will be photographed twice during the ceremony:
- When crossing the stage and being handed their diploma by the Brown Corporation Fellow (Please do not stop and pose on stage - it is meant to be a casual, in-motion shot)
- In front of a backdrop after descending from the stage (now SMILE and look at the camera!)

Post-Brown Plans
Please let us know what your plans are - we are curious about your next endeavors!

Complete the online form to advise the IR program of name pronounciation, 
contact information for picture proofs,
and post-Brown plans.

DIPLOMAS

If you are graduating with more than one concentration, it is imperative that you know where your diploma is and, therefore, which ceremony you should attend. If you are in doubt, please check with the Registrar.

Diplomas cannot, under any circumstances, be switched on the day of the ceremony, handed out beforehand, or given to anyone other than the person listed on the diploma!


SEATING

Graduates
Graduates will be seated according to the order in which they will be called to the platform to receive their diplomas. All seats will be labeled with the student’s name and ordered alphabetically. THE FIRST SEVERAL ROWS WILL BE BLOCKED OFF AND RESERVED FOR GRADUATING SENIORS ONLY!

Midyear Graduates (Dec.)
Mid-year graduates are seated alphabetically among current graduates. Those graduating in Dec. 2016, who have revised their concentration forms and informed the IR Program that they will participate this May, will receive a fake “diploma” when they cross the stage for the purposes of continuity and photos. PLEASE return the diploma cover to Dr. Elliott or anyone wearing a faculty robe or a red usher/staff ribbon during the reception! There is a $25 recovery charge for non-returned diploma covers.

Family 
Make sure your family members know where Ruth Simmons Quad is located and are capable of getting themselves to the diploma ceremony on their own. Family will sit in the section behind seniors on a first come, first served basis. Family members will have plenty of space to move forward to take pictures of you accepting your diploma. Students walk across the stage from right to left (facing the stage), so the best picture-taking is from the left-hand aisle. If you require any special seating needs or disability services (i.e. wheelchair, etc), please contact Anita Nester at the IR Program Office (anita_nester@brown.edu; x3-3318). 


TICKETS

There are no tickets for the diploma ceremony or limits on the number of family members who can attend. The tent is large. We have plenty of space for your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and aunt’s sister-in-law’s niece twice removed. 

DOUBLE-CONCENTRATORS

If you are a double-concentrator, it is imperative that you know where your diploma is and, therefore, which ceremony you should attend. The Registrar sent numerous messages requesting your diploma ceremony preference and has placed your diploma accordingly. If you did not answer the Registrar, your diploma will be with the concentration that you filed first (i.e., the first concentration listed on your transcript). If you are in doubt, please check with the Registrar to ensure that you, your diploma, and your family are in the same place! NOTE: Diplomas cannot, under any circumstances, be switched on the day of the ceremony, handed out beforehand, or given to anyone other than the person listed on the diploma!

FOOD & DRINK

Graduation day is a very long day. We don’t want you or your family to pass out from exhaustion! Graduating seniors should have a hearty breakfast and carry some munchies or snack bars. While there are stands for refreshments across campus, there is no scheduled time for lunch on this day. Families should also bring snacks or take a picnic to the green (the latter is a nice idea, which we recommend). In short, please make sure that you and your family think about this issue in advance and come prepared.

We look forward to seeing you and meeting your family at Commencement!
Enjoy the festivities!