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.
Academic Convocation is held the weekend before classes begin in the fall. This academic ceremony brings together all facets of the university to celebrate and commence the academic year.
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.