Inauguration 2015 celebration

Dear faculty, ​​

As we look forward to the the upcoming inauguration of Rosanne Somerson as RISD’s 17th President, we invite you to participate in all aspects of the event, including the academic processional and installation ceremony on October 9, 2015 at Roger Williams National Memorial Providence, RI.

Inauguration offers a special opportunity for people to come together to celebrate our past, present, and affirm our hope of an even brighter future. The entire college is invited to the celebration, and therefore classes will be excused on October 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm for the remainder of the day. The procession will begin at 1:30 pm at the First Baptist Church in America. Additional information regarding inauguration is available at:

Please RSVP to Samantha Brown:


If you are in need of regalia, submit your order here.

Schedule of Events | Friday, October 9, 2015

Robing (lunch provided)

11:30 am 1:00 pm

Location: First Baptist Church



1:30 pm


Inauguration Ceremony

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Location: Roger Williams National Memorial Park


5:30 pm Adam Silverman Lecture in Metcalf Auditorium


After Party

6:009:00 pm

Featuring art and performances by members of the RISD community throughout the central campus.

Location: Canal Walk, Market Square, Moore Terrace, Benefit Street 

Inauguration, Rosanne Somerson

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