School of Law Grad Walk & Virtual Ceremony

- RWU Law Bristol Campus & Virtual Ceremony

School of Law Commencement 
Friday, May 21, 2021
12:30 p.m. EST

Watch the School of Law Grad Walk Here - May 21, 2021 - 12:30 PM EST

Watch the School of Law Virtual Ceremony Here - May 21, 2021 - 5:00 PM EST


  • As part of the commencement ceremony, RWU Law will present honorary degrees to the Honorable Edward C. Clifton, retired Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Superior Court, and Lynette Labinger, a civil rights and employment law attorney.
Labinger and Clifton HDRs
Lynette Labinger (left) will receive an honorary degree and Judge Edward Clifton will deliver the commencement address and receive an honorary degree as part of the RWU Law Commencement ceremony.


  • The Grad Walk will be organized in 15-minute increments with 25 students per increment starting at 12:30 PM EST.
  • The Grad Walk will be livestreamed for family and friends to view.
  • You may sign up with your friends; alpha by last name is not required. Associate Dean Jared Goldstein will read all graduate names (those present and those virtual).
  • A Graduate Portrait station will be organized as part of the Grad Walk experience.
  • December 2020 grads who did not participate in May 2020 are invited to join.
  • Graduates must always wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
  • Participation will require a 72-hour negative COVID-19 test result prior to arriving on campus for the Grad Walk. Students who are currently in the RWU testing program should plan to take a test on the Wednesday or Thursday prior to Commencement. If a student is fully vaccinated, a negative test is still required per the RI Department of Health. Full details on these testing protocols will be communicated to students and posted on the website.
  • Students that are remote may enter the campus testing two weeks prior and have a COVID test taken 72 hours prior, or have proof of a negative COVID test taken 72 hours prior to the Grad Walk on Friday, May 21, 2021.
  • Please select your Grad Walk sign up time by Friday, April 23, 2021.


  • Each law graduate will be permitted to bring no more than two guests to campus for the in-person Grad Walk. Guests will be able to watch and celebrate as their graduate’s name is read as they process across the stage. For the health and safety of our campus community, graduates, family and friends, everyone must wear a mask at all times on campus (indoors and outside) and provide proof of a negative Covid test taken 72 hours prior to the day at check-in.


Under the guidance of the Center for Disease Control and the Rhode Island Department of Health, all safety protocols will be followed:

  • Hand sanitizers will be available throughout the building.
  • Students, guests, and staff will be socially distanced at all times.
  • Students, guests, and staff will be required to always wear masks.
  • Please view the COVID policy below regarding testing for students, guests, and staff.

Please be advised that RWU will continue to monitor the State of Rhode Island COVID-19 restrictions and be prepared to tighten protocols if necessary. Any updates will be communicated to students via email and posted on the website.

RWU School of Law Grad Walk COVID Testing Policy


  • The RWU Law Class of 2021’s virtual Commencement will take place on Friday, May 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST. Watch here.
  • The ceremony will be hosted on YouTube Premieres, where you will have a chance to hear from your Class of 2021 Valedictorian and Commencement Speaker!
  • Graduates and guests are invited to join the RWU Law Community beginning at 4:50 PM EST for a LIVE Kickoff Zoom Celebration before the virtual Commencement. Graduates should check their email for the link.


  • The Commencement Program is available in both PDF format and flipbook options.  


  • You may pick up your diploma in-person on Friday, May 21, 2021, after the Grad Walk. If you are not participating in the Grad Walk, the Office of Student Finance & Records will mail your diploma to the address that you have on file. Address updates may be sent to Ann Marie Thompson at


  • You may access WiFi in the Recreation Center during the Grad Walk with the following information. Please note that the password is case sensitive. 
  • SSID: RWU_Commencement wifi
  • Password: classof2021


  • Guests and graduates are encouraged to leave all personal items (including bags) in their vehicles. RWU Public Safety will conduct security clearance checks before you enter the Recreation Center. No large/oversized bags or back packs will be permitted.


  • Here is your Commencement hashtag!
  • Share your Commencement celebration moments, watch party fun, & special festivities!
  • #RWULaw2021

Class of 2021 Hashtag

Special Accommodations
Eligible graduates and guest(s) that require special accommodations to participate in the Grad Walk should email prior to May 3, 2021.