Attendance at orientation is mandatory for all new students. Summer Orientation is offered to all new incoming full-time undergraduate day students entering Johnson & Wales University in the fall term. At Summer Orientation, students meet with academic representatives in their chosen school or college. Students learn about campus resources, network with upper-class student leaders, familiarize themselves with the campus and make new friends. An abbreviated orientation program is offered for all new incoming full-time undergraduate day students each term prior to the start of classes.
Note: Summer Orientation is a distinct program that is separate from New-2-JWU and Wildcat Welcome activities that occur during opening weekend. Students entering Johnson & Wales in the fall will receive further instructions regarding New-2-JWU and Wildcat Welcome. Students must attend New Student Orientation and opening weekend activities.
Convocation is held the first weekend before classes begin in the fall. This ceremony brings together all facets of the university, both academic and co-curricular, to celebrate and commence the academic year.
Student Recognition Night is held annually in the spring to honor students and student organizations that have displayed a high level of performance in academic and co-curricular achievement or in service to Johnson & Wales University.
Commencement is held at the end of each academic year in May. At these exercises, degree candidates are recognized. Participation in commencement exercises does not imply that graduation requirements are met.