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Watson Institute Commencement Events and Activities

Commencement breakfast


Friday, May 27, 2022:


Watson Alumni Reception

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
2nd Floor, 111 Thayer Street
A cocktail reception for all Watson alumni.

MPA Pre Campus Dance/Alumni Mixer
7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
The Agora, Stephen Robert ’62 Hall


Saturday, May 28, 2022:


Watson Commencement Forum — New Approaches to Security and Justice
9:00 a.m. - 10 a.m.
True North Classroom, Stephen Robert '62 Hall

Commencement Breakfast Reception
10:00 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

The Agora and Chapman Sun Court, Stephen Robert ’62 Hall
For Watson affiliated 2022 graduates and their families.

CHRHS Commencement Forum ─ Building the Peace: Preventing and managing conflicts in an increasingly complex world
11:00 a.m.
True North Classroom, Stephen Robert '62 Hall

Commencement Forum — Conversation with a Nobel Laureate: The Data Revolution in Public Policy
11:00 a.m.
85 Waterman Street, Room 130


Graduate School Ceremony

10:15 a.m. - 11 a.m. 
Ruth J. Simmons Quadrangle
Graduate students who completed in October 2019, February 2020 and May 2020 will be welcomed back to campus for a ceremony that will include many of the time-honored traditions of Commencement.

Undergraduate Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony
10:30 a.m.
First Unitarian Church of Providence
Members of the undergraduate Class of 2020 will assemble at the First Baptist Church in America for a unique ceremony complete with time-honored traditions of Commencement.

Class of 2022 Baccalaureate Service
2:30 p.m.
First Baptist Church
Baccalaureate is a multifaith ceremony for the undergraduate Class of 2022 that incorporates the many spiritual and cultural traditions of the Brown community.


Sunday, May 29, 2022:


Commencement Procession
9:30 a.m.
Line up on Waterman Street by Faunce Arch
The Commencement Procession is a joyous celebration. Candidates for degrees march across the College Green and through the Van Wickle Gates, which are opened only twice each year.

Class of 2022 Master's Commencement Ceremony
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meehan Auditorium 
The Class of 2022 Master’s Commencement Ceremony is led by Dean of the School of Professional Studies Leah VanWey and includes an invocation, welcome, student awards, awarding of degrees and a benediction.

Class of 2022 Departmental Ceremonies
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Various Locations
All degrees are symbolically conferred during the University Commencement Ceremony. Separate departmental ceremonies for each academic department follow the main ceremony and provide a more intimate atmosphere for families and College graduates.

MES Departmental Diploma Ceremony
2:30 p.m.
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute


Learn more about the 2022 Brown University Commencement >