More detailed information can be found in our FAQ.  If you need additional information, please e-mail us at  We look forward to celebrating this major milestone in your lives with you and your student!

Review the Weekend Schedule

There are many events to attend, including the Academic Convocation (with guest speaker), college commencement ceremonies, receptions, and more.

Make your reservations for overnight accommodations.

Several other area universities are holding graduation ceremonies this weekend, so reservations should be made as soon as possible directly with the lodging of your choice. For information on area hotels, inns, motels, and bed and breakfast lodgings, contact Visit Rochester at 1-800-677-7282 or 585-279-8300.  Locations nearest to RIT are found on Jefferson Road, West and East Henrietta Roads, White Spruce Boulevard, Lehigh Station Road, and Hylan Drive.  RIT is approximately 25 minutes from downtown Rochester.

Review parking, shuttle and accessibility information.

If needed, request special parking and seating arrangements for guests with special needs.  Please note that our campus is large and that there is considerable walking involved from all locations to shuttle stops.  We encourage you to consider the distances you may have to walk and to wear comfortable shoes.  A limited number of golf carts operated by staff will be available to help elderly guests or guests with special needs.

Dress for Comfort

Business casual is most common.  Wear comfortable walking shoes!

Consider bringing activities for young children to do quietly at their seats.

Let your friends, family and neighbors know about your graduation!

  • A news release announcing your graduation will be sent to your hometown newspaper (contact Marie Lang at University News with any questions).
  • Generic graduation announcements are available at Barnes & Noble @ RIT; if you would like personalized announcements, please visit
  • We’ll also send you an online story through RIT's merit pages to share or post on social media. RIT will be projecting tweets on the big screens between ceremonies in the Gordon Field House and the Gene Polisseni Center, so use the hashtag #RITgrad to share photos of your graduation day!

Order your DVD of the Academic Convocation or college commencement ceremony.

DVDs of a college ceremony and the Academic Convocation are $26.00 each or you can purchase both together for $42.00, a savings of $10.00. All prices include tax and shipping. DVDs may also be ordered by calling 585-475-2516 or by completing an order form and submitting it via mail or fax or purchased at the ceremony locations during Commencement Weekend. Orders received and postmarked prior to May 16th will ship by the end of June. After May 16th, all orders must be submitted online and will be charged a late production fee of $3.00.

Pre-register your e-mail address with RIT’s official Commencement Photographers.

Professional photographers from GradImages will be at each college ceremony and will photograph each graduate as he or she crosses the stage.  You will be contacted directly by GradImages with ordering information and a link for viewing proofs.  For fastest viewing of your graduate’s photos, visit the GradImages website and pre-register your preferred e-mail address. You can also provide access to the photographs to up to six other individuals by preregistering their e-mail addresses.