Business-casual attire is recommended.

Parents & Guests

Following the Gate Ceremony, the campus will close to families and guests.

Your parents are encouraged to attend the ceremony, then say goodbye-your life at JWU begins!

Gate Ceremony

Students will be led by a bagpiper through the Robert E. Taylor Gates. The Gates open twice a year; once at the beginning of Wildcat Welcome and again at Commencement, marking the end of their academic career at Johnson & Wales.

At the gate ceremony,  students will proceed from the Academic Center to the Auditorium, where you will be inducted into the university.

This is an outdoor ceremony.