Commencement 2018: Media information

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To:                   Members of the media
From:              URI Communications and Marketing
Date:               May 14, 2018
Subject:          Commencement 2018

Thank you in advance for your time and interest in covering the University’s 132nd Commencement, May 19-20. Our Commencement website (web.uri.edu/commencement) provides all the basics about the events, but to provide you with the best access to the activities, here’s some information we thought would be helpful:

  • Our office is on the second floor of the Alumni Center.
  • You must register and pick up your URI Media Pass at our office.
  • Your standard press pass will not grant you access.

WHAT HAPPENS & WHERE

  • Graduate Commencement takes place at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, at The Thomas M. Ryan Center. Tickets are not required. Keynote speaker is Maureen Moakley, URI professor of political science and respected TV and public radio commentator and analyst. There are 866 graduate students. (No press pass is required.)
  • Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 20, includes the University-wide, main ceremony on the Quadrangle that starts at 12:30 p.m. More than 3,700 undergraduates are expected to attend the formal proceedings. No tickets are required for this ceremony unless the rain plan is implemented. Keynote speaker is Gina McCarthy, former EPA administrator and a professor of public health at Harvard University.
  • The weekend also includes individual ceremonies listed below for each of the eight academic colleges. At these ceremonies, individual students will be called to cross the platform to receive their degrees. Based on requirements from the State of Rhode Island Fire Marshal’s Office, tickets are required and have been provided to students.

College of the Environment and Life Sciences
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Thomas M. Ryan Center
Ceremony begins at 3 p.m.

College of Health Sciences
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Thomas M. Ryan Center
Ceremony begins at 7 p.m.

Alan Shawn Feinstein College of Education and Professional Studies
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Edwards Auditorium
Ceremony begins at 9 a.m.

College of Engineering
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Keaney Gymnasium
Ceremony begins at 9 a.m.

College of Pharmacy
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Mackal Field House
Ceremony begins at 9 a.m.

College of Arts and Sciences
Sunday, May 20, 2017
URI Quadrangle
Ceremony begins after the main ceremony

College of Business
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Keaney Gymnasium
Ceremony begins after the main ceremony

College of Nursing
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Mackal Field House
Ceremony begins after the main ceremony

REGISTRATION: Members of the media must register for the ceremonies. Please contact our office this week Carol McCarthy carolmccarthy@uri.edu or Nancy Gillespie ngillespie@uri.ed, to let us know who will be attending. There will be checkpoints to gain entry to the Quadrangle for the Undergraduate Commencement ceremony and you must have a URI Media Pass to pass through. You will receive your URI Media Pass at our office on the second floor of the Alumni Center at 73 Upper College Road. Your standard press pass will not grant you access.

Media bringing bags into any of the commencement sites may be asked to have them checked by security upon entry.

PARKING INSTRUCTIONS: Please be advised that a great deal of traffic is expected due to commencement. Enter the University on Upper College Road from Route 138. Turn right at first stop sign onto Briar Lane. Turn left into the parking lot after the campus police station. This lot is closest to our office.

ARRIVAL TIME: On Sunday, it is recommended that members of the media arrive by 11:30 a.m.

SNACKS: As in previous years, before and/or during the ceremony, reporting crews are welcome to use our office as their headquarters on campus. Snacks, water and press information will be available here. We are located on the second floor of the Alumni Center.

LIVESTREAM: The University will stream the main undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies at https://livestream.com/accounts/4896157/events/8162249.

CAMPUS BUILDINGS: The academic and residential facilities not in use for the ceremonies are closed to the public during commencement.

RAIN PLAN: On Sunday, if the rain plan is activated, the main commencement ceremony will be held at the Ryan Center. The decision will be made by 7 a.m. and information will be posted on the URI homepage, www.uri.edu, and at 874-7669, and our social media sites (http://www.facebook.com/universityofri).

If this happens, media should go directly to the Ryan Center’s media room (room 117, first left after entering the Center via the North Lobby) for a URI Media Pass and seating instructions. Parking will be available in the lot opposite Meade Stadium. Staff from our office will be at the Ryan Center.

Rain or shine, if you have any questions on Commencement Weekend, you can reach us at 401-874-2116 or by cell phone at 860-908-5835.

Our Commencement website (www.uri.edu/commencement) provides all the news and information about the event, including any schedule/location changes.

For more information, contact Carol McCarthy carolmccarthy@uri.edu, Nancy Gillespie ngillespie@urie.edu, or David Lavallee dlavallee@uri.edu, or our department at 401-874-2116.