URI Commencement 2021: Contact URI’s communications office to cover 135th Commencement

Media encouraged to cover Arts and Sciences ceremonies Sunday, May 23, at 10 a.m.

WHAT: The University of Rhode Island asks members of the media to contact its Department of Communications and Marketing no later than the morning of Thursday, May 20, to notify it of their plans to cover URI’s 135th Commencement, which runs May 21 through 23. All nine in-person college ceremonies will be held at Meade Stadium, home of URI football. Each ceremony will be streamed live and available for viewing later. The main commencement ceremony, including speeches and music, will be pre-recorded and available for viewing commencement weekend and thereafter. To watch each ceremony and the recorded main ceremony online, go to URI Commencement 2021.

WHAT MEDIA NEED TO KNOW: We encourage members of the media to cover the College of Arts and Sciences ceremonies at 10 a.m., Sunday, May 23, since it will be the largest of the nine ceremonies, and URI Communications has worked with the Commencement Committee to provide resources and support. A press table will be located on the field for a great view of the action. Each media outlet is required to provide the names of reporters, photographers and videographers no later than the morning of Thursday, May 20, to Dave Lavallee, dlavallee@uri.edu, or Nancy Gillespie, ngillespie@uri.edu, URI Department of Marketing and Communications. Members of the media will have to check in prior to the event at the faculty/staff entrance at the south (Keaney Gymnasium) end of Meade Stadium, pick up media passes and be escorted into the stadium. High-heeled shoes are not permitted on the artificial surface. Masks will be required. Parking will be available in the Boss Arena lot by parking pass only. Passes will be emailed to you once you contact us and provide an email address. If you have any questions, please call Lavallee at 401-874-5862 or 401-465-4291.


Friday, May 21

  • Graduate School, 10 a.m.
  • College of Nursing, 3 p.m.
  • College of Engineering, 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 22

  • College of Health Sciences, 10 a.m.
  • Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies, 3 p.m.
  • College of Business, 6 p.m.

Sunday, May 23

  • College of Arts and Sciences, 10 a.m.
  • College of Pharmacy, 3 p.m.
  • College of the Environment and Life Sciences, 6 p.m.