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Virtual Commencement 2021
Friday, May 21

As our students round the corner and head toward the finish line this semester – or this summer* – it’s important they reflect on every hurdle they cleared and every obstacle they overcame in and out of the classroom to earn the right to call themselves a Community College of Rhode Island Class of 2021 graduate.

This year's Virtual Commencement features a new twist with our first-annual Grad Walk, a special ceremony in which our graduates crossed the stage at the Knight Campus wearing their caps, gowns, and tassels to receive their diploma cover, just like they would at a typical commencement ceremony.

The 2021 Grad Walk is the centerpiece of our Virtual Commencement ceremony, which premiers Friday, May 21 and includes a custom slide honoring each Class of 2021 graduate in addition to speeches from President Meghan Hughes, distinguished guests, and our 2021 student commencement speaker.

Grad Walk 2021 photo gallery:

What you need to know

Customizing your commencement slide

As mentioned, our 2021 Virtual Commencement also features a slide show commemorating our Class of 2021 graduates. Each graduate will have their own slide, which can be customized with a personal photo. 

Every student who crossed the stage at Grad Walk had their official commencement photos taken courtesy of GradImages, the worldwide leader in commencement photography. Students are not required to purchase or use Grad Images photos for their slide and may upload a personal photo provided it meets the requirements.

Click here to customize your slide. You will be asked to provide your name (as it appears on your diploma) in addition to an email address and contact number. Photos must be at least 600x600 pixels and no larger than 10 MB. The deadline to customize your slide is Friday, May 7, otherwise your slide will appear without a photo.  

Downloading your Grad Images photos

If you choose to purchase and download your official commencement photos from Grad Images – again, this is not required – you can visit their official website to utilize the search database to find your portraits. *There, you can search by your name, school, and year, or your customer number. 

Official Grad Images photos may be used for the custom slides by following the steps listed above. 

For more information, check out our 2021 Commencement FAQs

*If you cannot find your photos by searching your name, contact Grad Images at 800-261-2576.

All others should be available to search by name, school and year.

"I’m interested in transferring after graduation ..."

We’d like to help you with your transfer plans or questions as you finish your CCRI degree. Please complete this quick interest form so we can help connect you. Get more detailed information about our 4-year, public transfer partners here URI or RIC.

The Rhode Island Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) at CCRI is available to assist you in the transfer process. Text EOC at 401-310-0730 for assistance or visit here.

*Students graduating in the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters in addition to those who need eight or less credits to graduate and complete the remainder of their coursework this summer are eligible to participate in this year's Grad Walk