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Public Programming and Special Events

THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC PROGRAMMING AND SPECIAL EVENTS produces events that showcase our many outstanding programs, faculty, alumni, and facilities. We welcome you to participate in the variety of cultural, athletic, recreational, and academic offerings.

DAA Attendees

Save the Date!
2014 Distinguished Achievement Awards & Gala
Saturday, October 25, 2014
Newport Marriott, Newport, Rhode Island

Each year, the University of Rhode Island recognizes five President’s Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients. These awards honor four distinguished alumni and/or friends of the University, as well as one corporate partner. President’s Distinguished Achievement Award recipients are individuals who have distinguished themselves and the University through their professional achievement, exceptional leadership, or community service. They have contributed to the betterment of their industry and community and they support the University by offering our students experiential learning or scholarship opportunities, or by employing our graduates. In addition, they have contributed to the sustainability and future of the University through volunteerism and philanthropic endeavors.

Award recipients are selected by a committee of representatives from the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, Communications and Community Relations, the URI Foundation and the URI Alumni Association and by the academic deans from each of the colleges.

Grapes & Grain

See photos from the Grapes & Grain event!

Wine Glass

An Evening of Grapes & Grain
Saturday, June 7, 2014
5–8 p.m.

President’s House Lawn
URI Kingston Campus

The fifth annual Evening of Grapes & Grain offered a wide selection of fine wines, specialty beers, and select foods provided by area businesses, along with a silent auction and special entertainment.

Honorary Chair Carolyn Rafaelian, Hon. ’13
Founder, Creative Director and CEO, ALEX AND ANI.
With lead support from ALEX AND ANI, Carolyn's Sakonnet Vineyards, and Teas and Javas. Benefitting URI Women's Athletics. Learn more.


Grapes & Grain

Recent Events


Commencement 2014
May 17 and 18, 2014 
Congratulations, graduates!
 The University of Rhode Island 128th Commencement. Watch the video.

Chemistry BuildingGroundbreaking Ceremony
Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences

Monday, May 5, 2014 • 2 p.m.

For More Information

Joanne Esposito, Specialist
Alumni Center
73 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-9455
Fax: 401-874-2292

Paula Santos, Specialist
Alumni Center
73 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401-874-2014
Fax: 401-874-2292