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Watson Institute Commencement Events and Activities

Commencement breakfast

Friday, May 26, 2023:

Watson Alumni Reception

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
The Agora, Stephen Robert ’62 Hall
A cocktail reception for all Watson alumni.

Saturday, May 27, 2023:

Watson Commencement Forum — Policy in Action: Getting the Relationship between Business and Government Right
9:00 a.m. - 10 a.m.
True North Classroom, Stephen Robert '62 Hall

Commencement Forum — Nicholas Brown and the Roman Revolution of 1848-1849
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Digital Scholarship Lab, Rockefeller Library

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

The Agora and Chapman Sun Court, Stephen Robert ’62 Hall
For Watson affiliated 2023 graduates and their families.

Commencement Forum — Is Bipartisanship Still Possible in Today’s Political Climate?
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Martinos Auditorium, Granoff Center for the Creative Arts

Class of 2023 Baccalaureate Service
2:15 p.m.
First Baptist Church
Baccalaureate is a multifaith ceremony for the undergraduate Class of 2023 that incorporates the many spiritual and cultural traditions of the Brown community.

Sunday, May 28, 2023:

Commencement Procession
9:45 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 2023 Master's Commencement Ceremony
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Meehan Auditorium 
The Master’s Ceremony celebrates the academic achievements of master’s graduates and includes an invocation, student speaker, awards presentation, conferral of degrees and benediction.

Class of 2023 Departmental Ceremonies
2:30 p.m. - 4:45 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.

IAPA Departmental Diploma Ceremony
Ittleson Quad, Tent 235 Hope Street

LACA Departmental Diploma Ceremony
True North Classroom, Stephen Robert ’62 Hall

MES Departmental Diploma Ceremony
Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

Learn more about the 2023 Brown University Commencement >