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Commencement Information 2019

2019 Commencement

Congratulations to the members of the 2019 Graduating Class!

You have worked very hard to earn your degree and you must be looking forward to celebrating this accomplishment with your faculty, family and friends! We look forward to seeing you at the 2019 Commencement, which is a very special event for our graduates, their families and the NEIT community.

Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 11 a.m. at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, 1 La Salle Square, Providence, RI.

Directions can be found at:

Graduates must arrive by 9:45 a.m. The ceremony usually ends between 1:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m., so any dinner reservations should be made late enough to allow time for travel and traffic.

There are road races in Providence on the same day, so plan to leave your home early enough to allow time for travel and parking in order to be in the graduate line-up area by 9:45 a.m.

The doors for general seating will open at 9:15 a.m. 

Students who have completed or will complete all degree requirements during the following period: July, 2018 (Intersession) through June, 2019 (Spring Term) are invited to participate in this year’s ceremony.

If you have not ordered your cap and gown please contact Kayla Olsen before 4 p.m. on Friday, May 3, by phone at 401-739-5000 or 1-800-736-7744, ext. 3642.

A cap and gown representative will also be on the East Greenwich campus Saturday, May 4th, from noon – 3 p.m. and at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center the morning of the ceremony to handle any last minute orders for graduates.

• All graduates can pick up their cap & gown orders in the Student Lounge on the East Greenwich Campus on: Saturday, May 4th, noon – 3 p.m.

You may bring as many guests as you like. 

Guests of the graduates should plan to arrive early to find the best seats; doors to general seating will open at 9:15 a.m. All guests will be required to pass through the security zone.

The seating for guests is stadium style seating (accessed by stairs).  There are several sections for guests who use mobility aids as well as those who do not use a mobility aid, but have difficulty walking (sections 101, 106, 110, and 124). These sections are available on a first come, first served basis.  The guests sitting in these sections may be joined by only one other guest.


The two recommended parking garages are:

The following is the Dunkin’ Donuts Center’s policy pertaining to bags: “Bags that are larger than 13 5/8” x 15 ¼” will not be permitted thru the security zone. Baggage such as bags, briefcases, backpacks, and luggage are strictly prohibited. Guests entering the Dunkin’ Donuts Center are subject to search at the discretion of Management. The Dunkin’ Donuts Center does not provide storage for any confiscated baggage."

Strollers will not be allowed in the rows of stadium seating.


Information with more details about Commencement has been mailed to the homes of the graduates. Graduates with questions should contact Kayla Olsen at 401-739-5000 or 1-800-736-7744 ext. 3642 or at 

Basketball Great Christopher Herren To Speak About Resilience At New England Tech Commencement

Influential Rhode Island Leader Donald R. Sweitzer To Be Honored

Former Boston Celtics and Fall River basketball superstar Chris Herren will deliver this year’s commencement address to New England Institute of Technology graduates on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island. His message will be one of resilience and the critical necessity to rebound from adversity.

Herren was a celebrated basketball star at Durfee High School in Fall River, MA. He scored a record 2,073 points as the community rallied around his success and cheered him on. He played two seasons in the NBA, one with his hometown team the Boston Celtics. But behind the success was a growing drug addiction. What started as drinking and smoking with high school friends morphed into an addiction to cocaine, painkillers and heroin. He went on to play in five countries overseas before losing everything to the disease of addiction.

With the help of family and the support of others in recovery, Herren worked his way to sobriety in 2008 and, one day at a time, has stayed there. He shares his story nationwide through Herren Talks giving hundreds of presentations to students, community groups and corporations each year. In 2011 he established Herren Project, a nonprofit foundation, that provides scholarships to navigate treatment and recovery housing, along with recovery coaching and online support for families. Most recently he founded Herren Wellness a residential health and wellness program that helps guests lead healthy, substance-free lives. His message and organizations have helped thousands of people.

New England Tech will present Christopher Herren with an honorary doctor of humane letters in recognition of his achievements and work to help others.

New England Tech will also honor Rhode Island business, community and political leader Donald R. Sweitzer with a doctor of humane letters degree. Sweitzer is the former chairman of International Game Technology (IGT) and has served in prominent roles in state and federal government. He served as senior vice president of global business development and public affairs for GTECH, the predecessor of IGT. He oversaw worldwide business development, public relations and government relations and is known for his integrity, leadership, and insight into complex geopolitical situations. All contributed to the growth and success of GTECH and IGT.

Sweitzer spent the first decades of his working life in politics and has had a lifelong devotion to working for the public good. He worked on Senator Ted Kennedy’s presidential campaign, became finance director for the Democratic Party, then worked on the presidential campaigns of Walter Mondale and Bill Clinton. He served as political director of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) during Clinton’s first term.

Sweitzer was recently appointed treasurer of the Democratic Governors Association (DGA) by DGA chair, Governor Gina Raimondo. He is also co-chairman of the board of directors of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) a nongovernmental organization that supports citizens’ rights to vote and helps emerging democracies run free and fair elections.

He has been a champion for Rhode Island citizens, working to improve the state’s education funding and to create corporate career opportunities for underserved young adults. He has also shared his time and talent to advance the work of Phoenix House and the American Heart Association.

Graduate List for New England Tech 2019

Click here for a complete listing of New England Institute of Technology graduates for the Associate in Science Degree, Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science Degree programs.