JWU Announces 2023 Commencement Plans for Providence Campus

Story by JWU Media Relations , on Mar 15, 2023 12:30 PM


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — March, 15, 2023 – Johnson & Wales University (JWU) today announced plans for its commencement exercises in May. The university will hold the ceremonies at the Amica Mutual Pavilion on Saturday, May 6. Graduate programs will receive their degrees starting at 10 a.m., followed by undergraduate programs at 2 p.m. 

“The two most important days in a student's life are the first day of classes and graduation,” said Chancellor Mim Runey, LP.D. “In May, we will celebrate our students’ achievements and the work we have done to educate and support them during their time at Johnson & Wales University.”

During the ceremonies, JWU will award two honorary doctor degrees. Each recipient will deliver the Commencement address for the corresponding ceremony. Both recipients have notable reputations in their field and are recognized for their distinguished careers and positive influence on their industries and communities. 

  • James R. Langevin, the former member of Congress who represented Rhode Island’s Second Congressional District for over two decades, will deliver the keynote address at the morning ceremony for graduate students, and will receive an honorary Doctor of Business Administration.
  • Jodi L. Berg, Ph.D., author and former Chief Executive Officer of Vitamix, will deliver the keynote address at the afternoon undergraduate ceremony and will receive an honorary Doctor of Business Administration.

 Learn more about Commencement at Johnson & Wales University

About JWU

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 8,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its campuses in Providence, Rhode Island and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, engineering, food innovation, hospitality, nutrition, health and wellness. It also offers undergraduate programs in culinary arts, dietetics and design. JWU’s unique model provide students with the personalized attention, academic expertise and industry connections that inspire professional success and personal growth. The time students spend at JWU is nothing short of transformative, as demonstrated by career outcomes, expected earnings and economic mobility rankings. The university’s impact is global, with alumni in 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. 

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