ONE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-SIXTH COMMENCEMENT INFORMATION
❖ Graduate Ceremonies Saturday, May 19, 2012 Undergraduate Ceremonies Sunday, May 20, 2012
IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS AREA CODE 401 Please call during regular business hours (8:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.) College of Arts and Sciences.................................. 874.2566 College of Business Administration......................... 874.2337 The Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education......................... 277.5000 College of Engineering............................................ 874.5985 College of the Environment and Life Sciences........ 874.5026 College of Human Science and Services................ 874.2125 College of Nursing................................................... 874.2766 College of Pharmacy............................................... 874.5842 Graduate School..................................................... 874.2262 Graduate School of Oceanography......................... 874.6222 Bookstore................................................................ 874.2722 Enrollment Services (Diplomas).............................. 874.9500 Disability Services................................................... 874.2098 Ram’s Den............................................................... 874.5437 Information/Lost and Found.................................... 874.2056 Parking and Information Services........................... 874.9281 Police/Medical/Emergency (24 hours)..................... 874.2121 Police (Routine Calls).............................................. 874.4910 Visitors Center......................................................... 874.2133 Rain Plan (Weather Line)........................................ 874.7669 Yearbook (Renaissance)......................................... 874.5897 ❖ AUTOMATED COMMENCEMENT HOTLINE Available 24 Hours a Day: 401.874.1234 Web site: uri.edu/commencement For TTY access to all phone numbers, please call the Rhode Island Relay Service at 1.800.745.5555.
Congratulations to URI graduates, families, and friends! This booklet will help you prepare for commencement. For updates, goÂ to uri.edu/commencement or call the automated Commencement Hotline (401.874.1234) 24â€Żhours a day. Receipt of this booklet does not in any way constitute certification for graduation.
CONTENTS 2 Graduate Commencement Ceremony 2 University Academic Excellence Awards 3 Main Commencement Ceremony 4 Individual College Ceremonies 5 Eligibility to March 5 Rehearsals 6, 7 Kingston Campus Map 6, 7 Transit Stops and Service Locations 8 Caps, Gowns, Hoods, and Honor Cords 8 Diplomas 8 Publication of Your Name 9 Formal Announcements and Photographs 9 Yearbook 9 Disability Assistance 10 Travel Information 11 Parking Services 11 Getting Around Campus 12 Lodging Information 12 University Religious Centers 12 Pets 12 Food and Refreshments 12 Possession or Consumption of Alcohol
GRADUATE COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY Saturday, May 19, 2012 Graduate degrees will be awarded at the Ryan Center (no tickets required). ❖ 12:15 p.m.—Candidates assemble in academic attire in the west corridor of the Ryan Center. Enter through the north entrance (Lincoln Almond Plaza). Please be prompt. The marshals will organize the line of march by degree to be conferred and in alphabetical order. ❖ 1 p.m.—Commencement exercises begin in the Ryan Center. Graduate degree recipients will march into the arena and sit in designated areas. During the ceremony, they will be escorted to the stage by University marshals and file across the platform. Doctoral recipients will be hooded and escorted by their major professors. ❖ 3 p.m.—A President’s Reception at Hope Commons will honor all graduating students and their families.
ACADEMIC AWARD CEREMONY ❖ 3:30 p.m.—The presentation of the University Academic Excellence Awards will be held in Edwards Auditorium, followed by light refreshments at the University Club.
MAIN COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY Sunday, May 20, 2012 Undergraduate and honorary degrees will be awarded at the Main Commencement Ceremony. Graduate degree recipients are welcome to participate. (No tickets are required if the Main Commencement Ceremony is held on the Quadrangle.) Seating for families and guests on the Quadrangle is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be guaranteed. Folding chairs are allowed. People who need disability assistance should refer to page 9. Certified service animals are always welcome; family pets are not permitted. C ommencement programs will be available at information booths and from student ushers. ❖ Noon—Bachelor’s degree recipients assemble in academic attire on Lower College Road in areas designated for the various colleges. Faculty and graduate students who choose to participate in this ceremony assemble between Ranger and Quinn Halls. ❖ 12:30 p.m.—Commencement exercises begin and will run approximately 90 minutes. A live Webcast of the Main Commencement ceremonies will be accessible through a link from the University home page, uri.edu. The ceremonies will also be simulcast on WRIU, 90.3. For more information, visit uri.edu/commencement or call the URI Commencement Hotline at 401.874.1234. IN THE EVENT OF RAIN, (Sunday, May 20) the Main Commencement Ceremony will be held at the Ryan Center. Bachelor’s degree recipients will be allowed two guest tickets to the Ryan Center. We regret that in the event of rain, due to space constraints, graduate degree recipients cannot attend the Main Commencement Ceremony. Tickets are required and will be given to graduates upon their purchase of academic regalia at the University Bookstore in the Memorial Union. Additional guests should go to the individual college ceremony sites listed on the next page. The Main Commencement Ceremony will be simulcast to the indoor ceremony locations. If the rain plan is implemented, the decision will be made in the early morning, and information will be available on the Web site (uri.edu) and automated phone lines (401.874.7669, 401.874.1000). Signs will also be posted at all campus entrances. 3
INDIVIDUAL COLLEGE CEREMONY LOCATIONS ❖ PRIOR TO MAIN COMMENCEMENT The ROTC will hold its commissioning ceremony in front of Keaney Gym at 9 a.m. (rain site: Ryan Center Concourse). The Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Continuing Education will hold its ceremony in front of Roosevelt Hall under a tent at 10 a.m. (rain or shine). ❖ IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING MAIN COMMENCEMENT Individual colleges will hold commencement ceremonies at the locations below: College of Arts and Sciences—Quadrangle (rain site: Ryan Center) College of Business Administration—Mackal Field House College of Engineering—Engineering Quadrangle (rain site: Will Theatre in Fine Arts Center) College of the Environment and Life Sciences—Ryan Center College of Human Science and Services—Keaney Gym College of Nursing—Botanical Gardens (rain site: Fine Arts Recital Hall) College of Pharmacy—Edwards Auditorium
ELIGIBILITY TO MARCH Graduate candidates: Participation in the graduate commencement ceremony acknowledges the completion of degree requirements and signifies academic accomplishment of the highest order. Graduate candidates eligible to march in the ceremonies include the following: • Those who have completed their degree requirements by August 2011, December 2011, or May 2012 • Those who will have completed their course work during or before the spring 2012 semester and will have successfully defended their dissertations/theses (if required) by Friday, April 13, 2012 • Those in programs with required internships who will have completed their course work during or before the spring 2012 semester; defended their dissertations/theses (if a dissertation or thesis is required) by Friday, April 13, 2012; and completed their internships by Thursday, September 15, 2012. Undergraduate candidates: Those who have completed their degree requirements by December 2011 or May or August 2012 are eligible to participate in the ceremonies. If you are unsure of your academic status, contact your academic dean. Phone numbers for the University’s colleges and for the Graduate School are on the inside front cover. Receipt of this booklet does not in any way constitute certification for graduation. For further information, visit the Commencement Web site uri.edu/commencement.
REHEARSALS There are no commencement rehearsals. Assembly areas, processional routes, and seating plans will be indicated in the Commencement Program. Your college will provide you with important details.
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CAPS, GOWNS, HOODS, AND HONOR CORDS If you plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, you must wear academic regalia, which can be purchased from the University Bookstore in the Memorial Union building. The bookstore will have all academic regalia available for sale from early April to May 20 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday). These items are not returnable. Student ID is required. Honor cords are not available at the Bookstore and must be purchased directly from the honor societies. For details visit uri.edu/commencement/information.
DIPLOMAS Diplomas for bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients will be mailed by late summer, after grades have been processed. Doctoral degree recipients will receive their diplomas at the Graduate Commencement Ceremony. Diplomas will not be released to students who remain financially indebted to the University. Please be sure that your correct mailing address is on file with the Office of Enrollment Services.
PUBLICATION OF YOUR NAME If you want URI to submit your name to the C ommencement Program, check to make sure you haven’t restricted access to information about yourself in e-Campus, which the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) entitles you to do. To see if you have a FERPA restriction on your record, sign on to your e-Campus account and use the following navigation: SelfService Student Center Personal Information other personal (use the pull-down menu) Privacy Settings (click the “Go” circle) “FERPA Restrictions” screen will appear. The following information must be free of any restrictions (or releasable): Names, Major, Degree, Honors/Awards, and Academic level. Be sure to save any changes you make. Your failure to comply with these instructions will result in your name being left out of the Commencement Program, as well as the online database used to provide information of your achievements to newspapers. If you have any questions about this procedure, please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 401.874.4467 or email@example.com.
To inform your newspaper (or any other publication) of your status as a URI graduate, visit uri.edu/news/commencement and follow the instructions for submitting your name.
FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PHOTOGRAPHS Information on printed announcements, suitable for mailing to family and friends, is available from the URI Bookstore (401.874.2722), the Commencement Web site uri.edu/commencement, and jostens.com. Formal photographs may be ordered from Chappell at gradimages. com (800.424.3686). Audience members are not permitted near the graduateseating or platform areas at any time. Audience members may take photographs during the ceremony only while seated.
YEARBOOK If you had a senior portrait taken, you do NOT need to order a yearbook. A single copy of the yearbook is included with the sitting fee. Yearbooks can be ordered online at jostens.com for $60 each. For more information go to uri.edu/yearbook. Yearbooks will include pictures from Commencement and will be mailed in late fall to the address you provide. For more information or to order additional copies of the yearbook, contact the Renaissance yearbook staff at 401.874.5897 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
DISABILITY ASSISTANCE If you have a disability and need an accommodation, please call 401.874.2098 at least three business days in advance. For TTY assistance, please call the Rhode Island Relay Service at 1.800.745.5555. • Disability Services Stations are located at the north Ryan Center entrance on Saturday and in front of Bliss Hall on Sunday (for rain plan, in the Memorial Union Atrium 1). • FM listening devices, wheelchairs, and transportation assistance are available at these locations. • Sign language interpreters for both the Main and Graduate Commencement ceremonies will be provided as requested. Requests for additional sign language interpreters at individual college ceremonies should be made no later than April 30. Seating registration for this service is suggested.
• Disability Seating will be indicated on maps in the Commencement Program. • Wheelchair reservations are required and must be made by May 11. Please note that reservations can be held only until noon on Saturday (Graduate Ceremony) and until 11:30 a.m. on Sunday (Main Ceremony). After these times, wheelchairs will be available on a first-come, first-served basis to individuals without reservations. If you own a wheelchair, we recommend that you bring it with you. • Reservations for disability seating at the Main Ceremony on Sunday are required by May 11. Reservations will be held until 11:30 a.m. on Sunday. If the Sunday rain plan is in effect, general disability seating in the Ryan Center will be honored only for those holding Rain Tickets. For those not holding Rain Tickets, general disability seating is available in each of the other indoor venues (see pages 3 and 4). • Priority Parking Permits for individuals with physical or medical conditions, can be reserved by calling the Visitors Center at 401.874.2133 no later than May 11.
TRAVEL INFORMATION LONG DISTANCE TRAVEL Peter Pan Bus Lines (1.800.343.9999 or peterpanbus.com). Amtrak (1.800.872.7245 or amtrak.com); the Kingston, R.I., s tation is about a mile from URI. RIPTA Flex Service is available for transportation to campus from the station. To schedule a pickup, please call 1.877.906.FLEX (3539) 48 hours in advance. T.F. Green State Airport is about 20 miles north of URI. Bus s ervice and car rentals are available at the airport. DRIVING TO URI KINGSTON CAMPUS MAIN ENTRANCE From the north: Take I-95 South to Exit 9 (a left-lane exit onto Rt. 4 South). Follow Rt. 4 to Rt. 1 South, and then turn right onto Rt. 138 West, just past the Holiday Inn. (Don’t take the first 138 exit; this takes you east to Newport.) Follow 138 west approximately four miles. Take a right onto Upper College Road, at the main entrance to the campus.
From the south: Take I-95 North to Exit 3A and follow 138 East for about 11 miles. Take a left onto Upper College Road at the main entrance to the campus. Please note that the main entrance may not be the best route to the parking area for your individual college ceremony site. Go to uri.edu/commencement for recommended parking instructions. DRIVING TO THE RYAN CENTER From the north: Take I-95 South to Exit 9 (a left-lane exit) onto Rt. 4 South. Follow to Exit 5B, Rt. 102 North, towards Exeter. Turn left onto South County Trail (Rt. 2 South) to the intersection with Rt. 138. Turn left onto Rt. 138 East. At the junction of Rt. 110, turn left onto Plains Road and follow parking signs to the Ryan Center. From the south: Take I-95 North to Rt. 138 East. Follow Rt. 138 East to traffic light at the Rt. 110 intersection (Plains Road). Turn left onto Plains Road and follow signs to parking area.
PARKING SERVICES If you arrive by car, University police and security officers will direct you to designated parking lots within walking distance of the commencement ceremonies. Graduate Commencement (Saturday): Attendees may park on the North and South sides of the Ryan Center in lots 20 and 35. See map on pages 6 and 7. Main Commencement (Sunday): See map on pages 6 and 7 for p arking locations. For details on where to park visit uri.edu/ commencement
GETTING AROUND CAMPUS Parking lots and individual events may be located up to a mile apart. Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Many campus paths lead uphill; some are unpaved. The RIPTA transit service will be operating throughout the campus. See pages 6 and 7 for a map showing the route and stops of this service.
LODGING INFORMATION South County Tourism Council Inc.: 1.800.548.4662 or 401.789.4422, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit southcountyri.com or email email@example.com.
UNIVERSITY RELIGIOUS CENTERS ❖ Catholic Center, Chapel Way, 401.874.2324 ❖ Episcopal Center at St. Augustine’s, 35 Lower College Road, 401.874.2739 ❖ Hillel Foundation, 6 Fraternity Circle, 401.874.2740
PETS Only certified service animals are permitted on c ampus during Commencement exercises. For the safety of all guests and your pet, please leave your pet at home.
FOOD AND REFRESHMENTS It is highly recommended that all graduates eat prior to robing and remain hydrated throughout the course of the day. For your convenience, refreshments will be available at the following locations. Payment is cash only. ❖ Ram’s Den, Memorial Union, á la carte 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Sunday only) ❖ Ronzio’s Pizza, Memorial Union: Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ❖ Vendors around the Quadrangle and near Memorial Union will sell roses, beverages, pizza, and ice cream (Sunday only) ❖ Ryan Center Concessions (Saturday; Sunday in case of rain)
POSSESSION OR CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited during the commencement ceremonies. We appreciate your cooperation.
Keep in touch! Join the Alumni Association. The URI Alumni Association looks forward to welcoming you into the alumni family. Please be sure to register and update your personal information in the URI Alumni Association online directory at alumniconnections.com/rhodeisland so that you can search and keep in touch with all of your friends, regardless of where they are. The Alumni Association will help you stay connected to your alma mater. Join us for Big Chill Weekend and Alumni Chapter events; network professionally and socially with fellow alumni through our career-mentoring program and events; and take advantage of member benefits and discounts. New grads get a complimentary membership for one year! For more information or to join an alumni committee, visit advance.uri. edu/youngalumni or contact the Alumni Relations Office at 401.874.2242. URI Career Services congratulates the class of 2012. We welcome the opportunity to assist you in your transition from URI. Explore employment opportunities and career assistance by visiting the Career Services Web site at career.uri.edu. To meet with a career advisor, call 401.874.2311 or visit us at 228 Roosevelt Hall. Career Services is open for appointments throughout the summer.
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This bookelet will help you graduatng students and families prepare for commencement. For updates, go to uri.edu/commencement.