Commencement is a recognition and celebration of academic achievement and the lasting contributions that students have made to Ringling College of Art and Design. 

    The faculty, staff, and graduating class of Ringling College of Art and Design announce Commencement exercises on Thursday, May 12, 2016 3:30pm (Seniors please arrive at 2:30pm!) at  the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto, Florida.

    CLASS OF 2016



    President's Reception:

    Ringling College of Art and Design President Dr. Larry R. Thompson will host a reception for graduating seniors and their families on Wednesday evening, May 11, 2016 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the Ulla Searing Student Center on the Ringling College of Art and Design campus.



    A Baccalaureate service will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2016, preceding the President's Reception at 3:30 in the Academic Center Auditorium.



    Graduation rehearsal for students will be held Tuesday, May 10 at 10 a.m. at the Diane Roskamp Exhibition Hall.


    Tickets and Announcements:

    Each graduate will receive 12 announcements and 8 tickets to use at their own discretion. 

    Tickets are distributed evenly per Graduating Senior based on the graduating class size. Seating at the Bradenton Area Convention Center is first come/first serve. 

    There will also be an online video feed available for viewing the day of Commencement. Website links will be available on the College website the day of Commencement.


    Cap, Gown, Tassels, and Class Rings:

    March 13, 2016 - Deadline to order Cap, Gown, and Tassel. Please visit the Campus Bookstore or email with your name, height, and weight. 


    There is no fee for the Cap, Gown, and Tassel when you order through the Ringling College Bookstore! 

    Options for buying individual personalized class rings can be found on the Jostens website:


    Informative mailings & emails:

    Families of graduates will be sent a letter from Dr. Tammy Walsh VP Dean of Students in February, 2015. Further details will be posted to our website as they become available.  Seniors will also receive information via their campus mailbox and email. 


    Hotel Accommodations: Visit the Hotel section of the Ringling College Website, click here.



    Please feel free to contact the Office of Student Life at 941.359.7509 or email  if you have any specific questions regarding Commencement.  

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    Graduation Images and Discounts

    GradImages is offering students a $5.00 discount on any photo order over $25.00 when they register their email address prior to graduation.

    2014 Commencement Ceremony - Now available to view!

    View the entire 2014 Commencement Ceremony and honorary guest, Michelle Phan at

    ART Network 2014 Commencement