RISD Reunion Weekend 2022 Register Today!

Reunion Weekend Events

Registration for alumni and their guests is now open!

RISD Reunion celebrates YOU, our 0, 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 class alumni, with a four-day weekend filled with a wide range of activities, including several new traditions to deepen the connections between our alumni and the Class of 2022. Commencement + Reunion Weekend is designed to be family-friendly, with events planned to engage all ages.

We ask for your patience with registering online while our system processes the many variables required for each event option. If you need assistance with registration, please contact us at 401 454-6333 or 401 454-6791 Monday–Friday 8:30 am–4:30 pm ET. Thank you.

Want to know more? Visit our main reunion page.

Planning your stay? Visit our hotels + lodging section.

Looking to reconnect? Check out who's attending!

Have questions about accessibility? Visit our Accessibility at RISD page.

All full calendar of events for reunion alumni can be found below, scroll through and plan your weekend, or just start registering!

If you are attending your 50-year (1970, 1971, 1972) or 45-year (1975, 1976, 1977) reunions, or if you are a member of the classes of 1960, 1986, 1987, 1990, 1992, the mid-90s (1995, 1996 and 1997), 2000, 2002, 2015 or 2020, please use the buttons below or scroll to the bottom of the page for registration links specific to your reunion. ALL OTHER REUNION CLASSES PLEASE REGISTER USING THE LINKS PROVIDED IN THE EVENTS CALENDAR BELOW.

Not part of this years reunion cycle but still want to attend events during this celebratory weekend? The weekend includes several events open to the entire RISD community!

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Thursday, June 2, 2022

Chalk Walk

Thursday, June 2, 12–6 pm ET
Friday, June 3, 12–6 pm ET
Saturday, June 4, 12–4:30 pm ET
Sunday, June 5, 12–3 pm ET

Join us for a fun, family-friendly four-day art making event. We'll provide the materials and a 3x3 foot space, and you make the art! Please be aware that Chalk Walk is first come, first served, weather dependent and all art will be open to the elements and foot traffic.

This event is open to all reunion and commencement attendees and their families. Registration is not required.

Check-in on South Water Street, between Planet and Williams Street.


A Moment at the Museum

Thursday, June 2, 2–7 pm ET

Take a moment (or and entire afternoon) and stop by the RISD Museum to explore the exhibitions currently on view, revisit old friends in the collection or just wander freely to take it all in.

Museum admission is free to alumni on June 2.  Registration is not required.


Turning Pages: A Talk with Writer and Illustrator Brian Selznick

Join us for a special evening with award-winning writer and illustrator Brian Selznick 88 IL. Dive into his fascinating world of image and text as he discusses his process and works, including The Invention of Hugo Cabret and his latest, Kaleidoscope. Hear about his early career, the thinking behind his use of illustrations in his works and his stage and screen adaptations.

Presented by Fleet Library and the RISD Alumni Association.

This event is a community event; tickets are required. Recommended for ages 10 and up.


Friday, June 3, 2022

Half-Century Celebration

Friday, June 3, 11:30 am–1 pm ET

Join us for a luncheon in celebration of our 45 and 50-year reunion classes. Members of the classes of 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1975, 1976, 1977 and all earlier years are invited to connect, share memories and make new ones over a catered lunch at the Providence Art Club.


Traditions: RISD’s Design Diploma

Friday, June 3, 2–6 pm ET
Saturday, June 4, 10 am–4 pm ET

Do you still have your RISD Design Diploma? Do you remember what it looked like, or what the story behind it was?

Beginning in 1970, these student-designed diplomas were given to each graduate in addition to their formal diploma at Commencement. To commemorate over 50 years of Design Diploma stories, the RISD Alumni Association Leadership Council’s Traditions Committee has curated an exhibit at RISD’s Fleet Library. Stop by during Commencement + Reunion weekend to see this inaugural exhibition and relive your own Design Diploma memories.

Registration is not required.


Estate Planning and Tax Insights for Artists + Designers

The Jesse + Helen Rowe Metcalf Society presents Estate Planning and Tax Insights for Artists and Designers. Open to all reunion alumni, this wide-ranging discussion includes topics such as: how to plan your estate properly, easy ways to reduce your estate tax burden, and how charitable giving can help you accomplish both.

Registration is not required.


New (to you) RISD Campus Tour

Friday, June 3, 2–3 pm ET
Friday, June 3, 3–4 pm ET

The more things change....join us for a campus tour of the new (to you) places and spaces on RISD Campus.

This event has sold out!


Sketching Sessions at the RISD Museum

Friday, June 3, 12–3 pm ET
Saturday, June 4, 1–4 pm ET

Get inspired by the works on view in Drawing Closer: 400 years of Drawing from the RISD Museum. Drop by the RISD Museum and sketch with alumni artists in the galleries. Drawing materials provided.

This event is open to all reunion alumni and their families. Registration is not required.


Retired Faculty + Staff Reception

Reconnect with favorite faculty and staff at a reception honoring our retirees.

This event will take place under the tent at Market Square, located at the intersection of N. Main and College Streets. 

This event is open to all reunion alumni. Registration is required.


Women in Business Reception

Friday, June 3, 5–6:30 pm ET

Connect and relax with the members of the RISD Women in Business affinity group, fellow alumni, and graduating students. Hear more about the group, their plans and how you can get involved!

 


RISD Asian Alumni Reception

Connect and relax with the members of the RISD Asian Alumni affinity group, fellow alumni, and graduating RISD students. Hear more about the group, their plans and how you can get involved!


Black Alumni Reception

Connect and relax with the members of the RISD Black Alumni affinity group, fellow alumni, and graduating RISD students. Hear more about the group, their plans and how you can get involved!


Latin+ (más) Reception

Connect and relax with the members of Latin+ (más), fellow alumni, and graduating RISD students. Hear more about the group, their plans and how you can get involved!


Project Thrive + First Generation Reception

Connect and relax with members of the Project Thrive First Generation affinity group, fellow alumni, and graduating RISD students. Hear more about the group, their plans and how you can get involved!


Queer Alumni Reception

Connect and relax with the members of RISD Queer Alumni, fellow alumni, and graduating RISD students. Hear more about the group, their plans and how you can get involved!


Cocktail hour with RI Cruisin Cocktails

Connect with old friends and make new ones over free drinks from RI Cruisin Cocktails.

Please note that this event is 21+ and ID is required.

Registration is not required.


Lantern Lighting

Mirroring an Orientation Week tradition for incoming students, join us at the Providence pedestrian bridge as we light the way for the Class of 2022 at this special Lantern Lighting Ceremony. Attendees are invited to join us before the Lantern Lighting for complimentary drinks from an onsite truck at our Commencement + Reunion Weekend tent by the Van Leesten Memorial Bridge.


All Campus Dance: The Artists' Party

Dance the night away at our all campus dance as we start a brand new Commencement + Reunion Weekend tradition. Graduating students and reunion year alumni are invited to enjoy live music from Boo City, food and drink* while they share memories, make new connections and welcome the Class of 2022 as our newest alumni.

*All alumni will receive one (1) free drink ticket, Class of 2020 Alumni will receive two (2) free drink tickets. Cash bar will also be available. This event is 21+ and ID is required for all alcoholic drinks.


Saturday, June 4, 2022

Alumni Breakfast + Commencement Processional

Lead the way for the Class of 2022 and join fellow returning reunion year alumni in a brand new tradition! We invite you to participate in the Commencement ceremony's processional welcoming the Class of 2022 as our newest alumni and honoring Class of 2020. Breakfast will be served before the Commencement line up.

This event requires pre-registration, attendees will be seated with the graduates on the floor of the venue.


Breakfast at the MET

Connect with old friends and new over breakfast at the Met Refectory.


Commencement

Celebrate the Class of 2022 as they cross the stage at the Dunkin' Donuts Center and we welcome them as our newest alumni.

This is a ticketed event; more information is coming soon.

The Class of 2022 and Class of 2020 and their families should refer to risd.edu/commencement for all information regarding Commencement 2022.


RISD Craft

Saturday, June 4, 10 am–4 pm ET

RISD Craft returns for its spring event on Benefit Street!

Registration is not required.


RISD CE Youth Workshops

Saturday, June 4, 10 am–12:30 pm ET
Saturday, June 4, 1–2:30 pm ET
Saturday, June 4, 2:30–4 pm ET

Youth Workshops

Let your child experience the magic of RISD first hand with this interactive arts workshop presented by Continuing Education (CE). Children of all skill levels are encouraged to participate in this hands-on session designed to ignite their creativity. A RISD CE instructor will lead your children in activities that tap into their imagination and encourage further exploration into artistic mediums.

Participants will be inspired as they explore their passion for the arts and fondly remember their weekend at RISD with a final product that they will take home to keep! This is a great opportunity for Alumni to leave their children in a safe and engaging environment while they continue to enjoy other Reunion Weekend offerings.

Please note that each of CE's Reunion Weekend workshop offerings are unique throughout the day, which means you can register for multiple sessions to experience different activities. Learn more about each workshop below

Learn more about CE workshops

Open to ages 6-12
Cost: $25 per student
Capacity is limited to 12 students per workshop

Session 1 (10 am–12:30 pm): Drawing Animals (Waterman Building, Room 43)

Session 2 (1–2:30 pm) Creating Medieval Bestiaries (Waterman Building, Room 43)

Session 3 (2:30–4 pm): Cyanotype Workshop (ISB Room 204)


Paint by Numbers

Saturday, June 4, 11 am–2 pm ET

Join Peter Tigler 75 PT for some crowd sourced painting! All alumni and their families are welcome to join us and finger-paint a billboard size image on a paint by number surface---it’s not your average mural making.

Our Reunion Weekend image, “What Cheer,” spotlights a Rhode Island Red hen surrounded by official state fruit, flowers, motto, and more. It is a welcoming message to our out of town friends, a tip of the hat to our neighbors, and playful art making for the RISD crowd.

Registration is not required.


Boats and Floats on the Beach!

Saturday, June 4, 11 am–2 pm ET

Join your host Ricky Rainbow Beard on the RISD Beach where we will be building Rainbow-inspired sea-crafts! There will be a whole ocean the size of a kiddie pool and a big fan named Fansy to help your boats sail across with ease… This is simple, playful, silly, maker-fun for everyone in your family and there'll be all types of floatable materials for you to use - but feel free to scavenge some of your own and together we can sea if they float!

Registration is not required.


Nature Lab Open House

Explore the many wonders found in the Edna W. Lawrence Nature Lab. Take some time to sketch some specimens with the supplies provided.

Registration is not required.


Post Commencement Community Reception

Our entire community is invited to celebrate the Class of 2022 at this festive reception in Market Square.

This event will take place on Market Square and along the Riverwalk, located at the intersection of N. Main and College Streets. 

Registration is not required.


CE Adult Workshops

Saturday, June 4, 1 pm–2:30 pm ET
Saturday, June 4, 2:30 pm–4 pm ET

Adult Workshops

Alumni of all skill levels are invited to take part in one of two exciting workshops.

RISD Continuing Education: Courting Inspiration
Instructor: Sally Bozzuto
Saturday June 4
1 pm–2:30 pm ET

Experience the inspiring world of RISD first hand with this interactive workshop presented by Continuing Education (CE). Adults of all skill levels are encouraged to participate in this session designed to court and collect inspiration through the personal and professional spaces they create. Attendees will reframe their perspective on how to call upon inspiration and leave with new techniques to build their creative confidence. This session is relevant to anyone (artist and non-artists) who is looking to uncover new inspiration or re-focus creativity in their personal or professional lives.
All Skill Levels Welcome
Capacity: 17 students


RISD Continuing Education: Deep Attunement 
Instructor: Sally Bozzuto
Saturday June 4
2:30 pm–4 pm ET

Adults of all skill levels are encouraged to participate in this session, which is designed to enhance your observational skills while fostering creativity and innovation. A RISD CE instructor will guide the class on the act of “tuning in” and leveraging their senses to find meaningful ways to connect with the world. Attendees will even be sent on a short solo journey where they will complete a small creative project that puts these lessons into practice. Participants will leave with both new strategies to enhance their observational skills and their own original artwork based on these practices. This session is relevant to anyone (artist and non-artists) who wants to increase their mindfulness as they leverage creativity in their personal or professional practices.
All Skill Levels Welcome
Capacity: 17 students

RISD CE is committed to providing an immersive and innovative art and design education for everyone, at all stages of life and all levels of experience.


Drawing on the Green

Gather for an outdoor drawing session, all materials will be provided.


Building with Bread

Stop by Chace Center Plaza to see baker and pastry chef Ciril Hitz 91 ID assemble a bread sculpture inspired by old European traditions dating back to ancient Greece. A graduate of RISD and a three-year Swiss apprenticeship as a pastry chef/chocolatier, Ciril holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Johnson & Wales University. As baker, author, educator, presenter and video producer Ciril’s art combines forms that range from industrially inspired to nature's soft curves and colors. Ciril’s designs blend his own interpretations of natural colors that allow him to express an old world medium and transform it into a modern aesthetic.

Registration is not required.


Historic RISD Tour

RISD archivist Andy Martinez reflects on the college’s rich history via a leisurely tour around campus highlighting the changing landscape and diverse architectural structures.

This event has sold out!


Reunion Dinners

Connect, relax and enjoy your catered Class Dinner under the Commencement + Reunion Weekend tent by the Van Leesten Memorial Bridge.

Attendees will receive 2 drink tickets with registration.

If you are celebrating your 50-year or 45-year reunions, or if you are a member of the classes of 1960, 1986, 1987, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2002, 2015, or 2020 please use the links below to register for your events, including your class dinners.


WaterFire

Saturday, June 4, 8:30–10:30 pm ET

The Class of 2022, RISD Alumni and their families are invited to experience a special Commencement + Reunion Weekend version of Providence's iconic WaterFire along the Riverwalk.

Registration is not required.


Sunday, June 5, 2022

Breakfast at the MET

Join us for a special breakfast at the MET and connect with fellow members of your department from all our reunion class years! Tables will be group by major to help alumni gather and connect with others from their department.


Visit Tillinghast Farm

Soak up the sun by the water with a visit to Tillinghast Farm, in Barrington RI. Enjoy a day out with food trucks and and family-friendly fun on the beach and grounds of RISD's beloved property on Narragansett Bay. Shuttles to and from campus will be provided. This event is weather dependent.


Reunion Class Events

Class of 1960 Event Registration

Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5

50-year Reunion Event Registration (Classes of 1970, 1971, 1972)

Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5

45-year Reunion Event Registration (Classes of 1975, 1976, 1977)

Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5

Class of 1986 Reunion Events

Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5

Class of 1987 Reunion Events

Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5

Class of 1990 Reunion Events

Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5

Class of 1992 Reunion Events

Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5

Class of the Mid-90s Reunion Events

Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5

Class of 2000 Reunion Events

Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5

Class of 2002 Reunion Events

Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5

Class of 2015 Reunion Events

Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5

Class of 2020 Reunion Events

Thursday, June 2
Friday, June 3
Saturday, June 4
Sunday, June 5

 

Class of 2020! If you are walking at commencement don't forget to: