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Commencement Procession

Sunday, May 29, 2016

The Commencement Procession, one of Brown's greatest and oldest traditions, brings together the entire Brown community — students, faculty, staff, and alumni — in a festive and joyous celebration. The procession steps off through Faunce Arch, led by the chief marshal, a member of the 50th Reunion class. All graduating students march through the Van Wickle Gates, which swing open twice a year: inward to admit incoming students and outward to discharge the new graduates.


Over the years, Brown has changed several aspects of the Commencement Procession. The alumni division forms along the sidewalk in front of University Hall and extends back out the gate by Rhode Island Hall and along both sides of George Street toward Brown Street.

procession formation map

See the map at right for an approximation of where your Reunion class will form. Generally, the most recent classes will form on George Street while earlier classes will form on the College Green. Look for your class signs and your Reunion student staff member for guidance.

Storm Plan

The Commencement Procession will be cancelled only in the event of severe storm conditions. If the storm plan is in effect, it will be announced on the Brown University home page, a message will be left at (401) 863-3100 and a text sent to seniors’ cell phones.

In an effort to reduce Brown's social and environmental footprint, disposable plastic water bottles will not be available during Commencement Procession. Be sure to bring a personal water bottle with you to campus; water stations will be available for you to refill it during formation. Join Brown in making our University and the community more sustainable!

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