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Frequently Asked Questions

How many tickets will each graduate receive for Commencement?

Graduates will receive five (5) guest tickets to commencement.  Tickets will be distributed at Cap and Gown Day in the spring.  Due to space limitations at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, no student will be allowed more than the five-ticket allotment.  Families who may require additional guest tickets are encouraged to have their student check with roommates and friends as the first line of communication to secure additional tickets.  Many families do not use their allotment.

Will additional tickets be available?

A limited number of tickets will be available through a lottery system.  If you anticipate needing additional tickets, requests may be submitted to an online address that will be provided to families.  Requests received after the deadline date will not be considered.  No phone calls please.  Maximum number of tickets awarded to any one graduate in the lottery is two (2) additional tickets.

Does everyone in my guest party need a ticket?

All guests must have a ticket to attend commencement.  The formal invitation WILL NOT ADMIT GUESTS to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

Is attendance mandatory at the Academic Awards Ceremony?

Graduates receiving honors or awards are expected to attend.  All graduates and their families are invited to attend.

Is attendance mandatory at the Commencement Mass?

All graduates are invited and encouraged to attend this special ceremony at which representatives of the senior class are invested, thus allowing all graduates to wear their academic attire.

How do I get to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center?

The Dunkin’ Donuts Center is located at 1 LaSalle Square, Providence, RI 02903.  For directions, please contact the DDC at 401-331-0700 or visit their Web site at

What time should we arrive at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center?

Doors open at 9:00 a.m.  All guests must be seated prior to the start of the procession, which begins promptly at 10:30 a.m.

How do graduates get to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center?

A bus will be available for a limited number of graduating students. The bus will depart from Concannon Circle promptly at 8:45 a.m. on Sunday. The bus will be on the Sabin Street side of the Dunkin Donuts Center and will return to campus after the ceremony.

Where should we park?

Event parking for the Commencement ceremony is available at various privately-owned lots around the city as well as in the garage adjacent to the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.  For a complete map of available parking locations, please visit the DDC Web site at

The Department of Public Safety will direct you to parking for all on-campus events during Commencement weekend.

How long does the Commencement ceremony last?

The ceremony generally concludes by 1:30 pm.

If you are planning any post-Commencement family celebrations, we generally recommend a one-hour timeframe between the conclusion of Commencement and any dinner reservations to allow all guests to exit the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and the surrounding downtown area.

Which side of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center is best for viewing graduates?

Unfortunately, you won’t know until the morning of graduation, since candidates for B.A. and B.S. degrees sit on both sides of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center floor.

Are refreshments available at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center?

Yes, light refreshments (breakfast pastries, coffee, juice, soda) will be available for purchase at various vending areas prior to the ceremony.  Please refrain from eating and/or drinking in the main arena during the ceremony.

Where should we meet our graduate after the ceremony?

It is best to plan on joining your PC student outside the Dunkin’ Donuts Center at a predetermined meeting spot.  Parents and families will not be allowed access to the lower level of the arena following the ceremony.

Any restaurant suggestions?

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