Parking

You can view an interactive map which shows the location of RIT parking lots and ceremony locations. Ceremonies are held in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center (labeled GOR on the map) and the Gene Polisseni Center (labeled POL).  RIT Public Safety staff will direct you to parking areas.

College receptions and other special events are located across the campus. Check with your graduate or consult the Ceremonies & Receptions tab at the top of the Commencement website for specific college event information.

Disabled Parking: G Lot is the primary lot, however limited disabled parking will be available in U Lot adjacent to the Gene Polisseni Center (POL). To enable us to best serve your needs, please submit our Accessible Parking Request Form (even if you have a disabled parking permit). Parking lot G is serviced by wheelchair accessible buses.  A limited number of golf carts operated by staff will be available to help elderly guests and others needing mobility assistance. This is a limited service and we ask that guests not requiring extra assistance please respect the needs of those that do. For safety reasons, carts will not take on passengers until crowds have cleared the building entrances after ceremonies. Please be aware that you may have to wait for up to 15 minutes for a mobility cart immediately prior to and after the Academic Convocation and college ceremonies when demand is at its highest. We suggest you wait at your seat for the crowd to clear. Thank you for your patience.

Shuttle Bus Service from Parking Lots

Special Commencement shuttle bus service will be available Friday, 7:00 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. to transport guests from parking lots to the Academic Convocation, college ceremonies and some reception locations. All RIT buses meet ADA regulations for those with mobility needs and can board passengers in wheelchairs. Get up to date bus information with the RIT Mobile App and track your bus in real time! Download it here, then go to “Graduation” within the app to view commencement buses. (Graduation icon will not appear in RIT Mobile until Commencement Weekend.)

Commencement shuttles will run on a continuous loop with stops in these locations:

  • Parking Lots E/F, G/H, J, and S
  • Gene Polisseni Center (POL)
  • Parking Lot D is the shuttle stop for the Gordon Field House (GOR)
  • To assist you in finding your car at the end of the day, please pick up an “I parked in Lot _” card from staff in the lot or an Information Booth.

Shuttle Bus Service from RIT Apartments

Students/Graduates: RIT shuttle service will run a limited schedule to the regular apartment routes on Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12, 2018. See schedule below or here  https://www.rit.edu/fa/parking/transportation/bus.

To arrive at your ceremony on time, please check the bus schedule and allow extra travel time due to heavier than usual traffic on campus.

 

AM Route Start End PM Route Start  End
Racquet Club 6:57 AM 2:15 PM Racquet Club 2:16 PM 1:19 AM
RIT Inn 7:00 AM 2:13 PM RIT Inn 2:16 PM 1:19 AM
East Side 7:00 AM 12:45 PM East Side 12:45 PM 1:40 AM

*East Side: Perkins, Colony Manor, Park Point, and Province apartments

For more information about parking and shuttle service during Convocation and Commencement, contact Adam Petzold at appfms@rit.edu.

How much walking is involved in getting around campus?

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 others with special needs. Carts can be requested from any of the information booths, ceremony locations, or the main shuttle drop-off at Parking Lot D. For safety reasons, golf carts will not take on passengers until crowds have cleared the building entrances after ceremonies. Please be aware that you may have to wait for a golf cart immediately prior to and after the Academic Convocation and college ceremonies when demand is at its highest. Thank you for your patience.