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RWU Law is one of only 5 law schools in the country that specializes in marine affairs. Of these schools, RWU Law is only one of 2 that specialize in admiralty and maritime law.

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Graduates must be measured for their commencement regalia, consisting of a robe, hood, and tam, ordered through the School of Law Bookstore.  Regalia measurements will be at the Law School during the week of February 19 - times and exact location to be announced.  Students on remote externships who are unable to come to Bristol should contact Sandra in the bookstore directly at  The deadline to complete measurements is March 1, 2018.

Class Rings
Class rings may be ordered online at or for an appointment with the Balfour representative, contact:

Roger Williams University Media Services will record the ceremony. Graduates will be emailed a link to view the ceremony online after the ceremony.  The Office of Programs & Events will have a professional photographer at the ceremony. Graduates will receive a 5 x 7" print from the Office of the Dean. Additional prints may be purchased directly from Commencement Photos, Inc. at 978-851-5924. Due to safety regulations, family members and friends must remain in their seats throughout the ceremony. No guest will be permitted to stand in the aisles during the ceremony. Members of the audience using cameras may take pictures or videos from their seat.

Live Stream / Close Captioned Viewing
The School of Law’s Commencement will be available via UStream (live feed) during the ceremony using this link Family and friends unable to be present at the ceremony will be able to tune in on that day. Following the ceremony, the video will be archived and you will receive a link to access it at a later date. Click here for close captioned viewing of the ceremony. 

Graduate Arrival
Graduates should arrive to campus by 11:15 am SHARP and should report directly to the Gym in the Campus Recreation Center.  An official Class of 2018 will be taken in the Gym at 11:45 am.  If you are not assembled at that time, you will not be included in the historic photograph. The graduate procession will begin at 12:50 pm.  PLEASE ALLOW EXTRA TIME FOR TRAVEL ALONG METACOM AVENUE, ROUTE 136.

Guest Information
Tickets are not required for family and friends to attend Commencement and there is no limit on the number of guests you may invite.  Gates to seating will open at 11:15 a.m.

A professional florist, Commencement Flowers, Inc., will be on campus before and during our Commencement ceremony.  Flowers may be purchased on Commencement day near the front entrance to the commencement tent.  For your convenience, you may pre-order flowers ahead of time, and have them available for pick-up at our location at Commencement.  Please visit their website at:

The Hawk's Next in the Campus Recreation Center will be open on Friday, May 18, from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM. 

Parking Information
Parking is available at no charge. All graduates and guests should enter through the North Gate for parking. Public Safety will direct vehicles. Handicap parking and seating should be requested by Friday, May 11 using the 2018 Request for Handicap Parking or Seating form below.  Traffic will be heavy, please allow extra time to arrive on campus.

2018 Request for Handicap Parking or Seating Form

Parking Map

Enter thru North Gate
GPS Address: 10 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI
Please allow extra time for travel along Metacom Avenue, Route 136.


General Information
Any law graduate or family member having questions relating to the School of Law Commencement, please contact the Office of Programs & Events at 401-254-4659 or

Special Accommodations
Persons who, because of a special need or condition, would like to request an accommodation for this event should contact the Office of Programs & Events, as soon as possible, but no later than 72 business hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.