On Saturday, June 4 2016 at 10:30AM, 491 undergraduate and 217 graduate students from Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) received their diplomas at RISD’s 2016 Commencement. The ceremony took place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence, where the annual RISD Graduate Thesis Exhibition was also on view.

This year RISD presented three honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees. Writer and critic Hilton Als is accepted an honorary degree and also delivered the Commencement keynote address. Artist and writer Martha Rosler and educator and journalist Esther Wojcicki accepted honorary degrees at the ceremony as well. In addition, painter and educator Bunny Harvey ’67/MFA ’72 Painting, ’71 Masters of Arts in Teaching was honored with the 2016 Alumni Award for Artistic Achievement.

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2016
Saturday, June 4th
10:30 AM

Commencement 2016 Board of Trustees Chair Michael Spalter Welcome Address

Michael Spalter, Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin St. Providence, RI

10:30 AM

Commencement 2016 Keynote Speaker Hilton Als Address

Hilton Als

Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin St. Providence, RI

10:30 AM

Commencement 2016 Lisa Maione, Graduate Student Speaker

Lisa Maione, Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin St. Providence, RI

10:30 AM

Commencement 2016 President Rosanne Somerson

Rosanne Somerson, Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin St. Providence, RI

10:30 AM

Commencement 2016 Provost Pradeep Sharma

Pradeep Sharma, Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin St. Providence, RI

10:30 AM

Commencement 2016 Timothy Plummer, Undergraduate Student Speaker

Timothy Plummer, Rhode Island School of Design

Rhode Island Convention Center, One Sabin St. Providence, RI

10:30 AM