On Saturday, June 4th, the Newport, RI community will gather at IYRS on historic Thames Street to celebrate the accomplishments of the most talented and dedicated apprentice craftspeople, builders & makers in Rhode Island at IYRS Graduation & Launch Day, an annual Newport tradition.

Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, will be the featured speaker at the event. 

Students from the 2015 & 2016 School of Boatbuilding & Restoration, School of Composites Technology, and School of Marine Systems will be recognized and honored as part of the celebration.

Wind turbines and other complex items built by School of Composites Technology graduates, and powerboat systems simulation panels built by School of Marine Systems students will be on display and celebrated.

Following the speaking portion and graduation ceremony, twelve beautiful wooden sailboats restored by forty-two IYRS School of Boatbuilding & Restoration students will be launched into Newport Harbor and sailed as friends, family and the Newport community celebrate the completion of the nine-month wooden boat restoration projects.

Launch Day Experience 2015
On Saturday, May 30, 2015, the IYRS community came together for an annual tradition like no other: Graduation & Launch Day. A total of eleven boats were launched into the Harbor as fifteen students graduated from the School of Boatbuilding & Restoration, a two-year program in advanced wooden boatbuilding.

About IYRS School of Technology & Trades

IYRS School of Technology & Trades is a world-class experiential learning school with an education model dedicated to teaching highly technical and deeply craft-oriented career skills. The school’s legacy is born out of a mission to preserve the craft of making, building and restoring in the marine trades. Currently, IYRS has three accredited programs and regularly collaborates with post-secondary schools of architecture, preservation, industrial design and engineering through short-term classes, including recently with MIT, Harvard, RISD, Roger Williams and others. The skills acquired in IYRS’ programs are applicable across a broad range of industries and with a wide range of materials from traditional wood to modern composites. Learn more at http://www.iyrs.edu.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What's Up Newp. He was born and raised in Rhode Island and graduated from Coventry High School. He serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League for Animals. Ryan also is currently the Senior Editor - North America for Mountain News, publisher of OnTheSnow. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).