Student Activities

At IYRS,  we place a high value on community.  IYRS is an inclusive, engaged, and fun learning environment and offers many opportunities for students to get involved, make valuable personal connections, and enhance their educational and social experience. 

A look at student activities...

Graduation & Launch Day
The pinnacle of the IYRS experience is Graduation & Launch Day. Family, friends, and members of the greater Newport community gather on campus in historic Restoration Hall to celebrate IYRS' new graduates from all programs each spring. After the graduation ceremony, Boatbuilding & Restoration students pop champagne to christen their newly restored boats as they launch them into Newport Harbor for the first time. 

Coffee with the President
All students are invited to meet monthly with IYRS president Jay Coogan over coffee to discuss the projects they are working on, hear about campus updates, learn about networking opportunities, and provide feedback and ideas about their IYRS experience.  

On-Campus Student Events
Student social events are hosted by IYRS Student Activities monthly. From "Friendsgiving" in November to pancake breakfasts to Earth Day activities and sailing, we never miss an opportunity to get our students and staff together for some fun. 

End of Program Celebrations
The successful completion of a program deserves a celebration. IYRS hosts on-campus student celebrations for each class at the conclusion of their program.

Student & Alumni Regatta
This longstanding IYRS tradition gets current students and alumni out on the water for a morning of fun competition on Newport Harbor. 

Holiday Party
A favorite not only of our students but also of the Newport community, the annual Holiday Party in Restoration Hall kicks off the holiday season in style with our students' boat restorations dressed in their holiday finery.

Student Ambassador Program
Student Ambassadors are the face of IYRS and are student volunteers who offer their time and talent by touring potential students, writing blog posts for the IYRS website about their school experience, giving Open House "flash talks" on interesting topics, and more. Student Ambassadors are campus leaders who gain valuable resume experience through their contributions.  

Student Council
Student Council is comprised of elected members of the student body who meet monthly with IYRS staff leadership to provide insight and suggestions about their programs and their student experience. These student leaders play a valuable role for their fellow students and for IYRS.