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 semester. At Summer Orientation, students meet with academic representatives in their chosen college. Students learn about campus resources, network with upper-class student leaders, familiarize themselves with the campus and make new friends. A January orientation program is offered also for all new incoming full-time undergraduate day students entering Johnson & Wales University in the spring semester.
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.