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What You Need To Know

Topics

Caps and Gowns
Decorum
Spread the Good News!
Immediate Locale
Shuttle Bus Service
Accessibility
Tickets
Information Booths
Food
Artwork/Gallery Openings
RIT Digital Den
Barnes & Noble @ RIT
RIT Class Rings
Graduation Announcements
Photographs
DVDs of Academic Convocation and College Ceremonies
Buy-a-Brick - Leave a Lasting Memory
Senior Toast
Alumni Relations Welcome Center
Study Abroad Graduation Sashes



Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns must be worn by all graduating students and may be picked up on the second floor of the college bookstore, Barnes & Noble @ RIT (100 Park Point Drive).

Starting Monday, April 28, 2014, regalia will be distributed during normal store hours:
Monday - Saturday - 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Please note:

• We are pleased to announce that Oak Hall, our supplier of academic regalia, has created earth-friendly gowns and caps made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles and made in the USA.

•There is no charge for the caps and gowns. Undergraduate and graduate students, other than Ph.D. students, may keep their caps and gowns. Ph.D. students may keep their hoods; however, Ph.D. gowns and tams are on loan for the day and must be returned to Barnes & Noble @ RIT after the ceremony or ceremonies.

• You do not need to place an order or be measured.

• If you cannot pick up your regalia, a friend or relative may do so for you -- be sure that person knows your height and approximate weight, the college you are graduating from (ie: CAST, CLA, GCCIS, etc.), and the type of degree you are receiving (ie: Associates, Bachelors, Masters or PhD).

• If you are not in the Rochester area during the above dates, please contact Linda Marsden at lmsbks@rit.edu to arrange shipping. There is no charge for the regalia; however, there is a shipping fee of $7.00 to ship to the lower 48 states. (Shipping outside the lower 48 will need a price quote.)

For further information about cap and gown pickup, call 585-424-6766, x214 or x217 (voice only) or e-mail Linda at lmsbks@rit.edu.

Decorum

The Academic Convocation will be held in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center; college ceremonies are held in either the Field House or the Ritter Ice Arena. While a spirit of joy and enthusiasm is encouraged, commencement is a true milestone in each candidate's life and we ask that all candidates and guests respect the importance and dignity of this occasion.

Candidates and guests may not carry into any RIT facility champagne, sparklers, firecrackers, airhorns, or any objects that might present danger or disrupt the ceremony. Balloons are prohibited in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center as they interfere with the smoke detection system. Smoking is not permitted in RIT facilities. Cell phones and other electronic devices should be turned off or set to vibrate. Animals other than certified assistance animals are not permitted in any RIT facility. We ask you to help make Commencement at RIT a proud and memorable moment for everyone.

Spread the Good News!

Let your friends and neighbors know about your graduation! We will send a news release announcing your graduation to your hometown newspaper. We will also send you an online story through rit.meritpages.com to share with family and friends as well as post on social media sites such as Facebook.

Shuttle Bus Service

To enter campus, please use the entrances on Jefferson Road. RIT Public Safety personnel will direct you to parking areas. Shuttle service will be available both Friday and Saturday to reach the Academic Convocation, the Commencement ceremonies locations and most reception locations. On both days, shuttles will make continuous loops throughout all the major parking lots (D, E, F, G, H, J, T, and S) and will return guests to the parking lots after the ceremonies. G lot is the designated handicapped parking lot.

Accessibility

"People Movers"
Senior citizens and individuals with special mobility needs are invited to use our special carts operated by RIT staff. Carts are available at one of the many people-mover stations across campus and located in the handicapped parking lot G.

Seating/Special Needs
Both the Gordon Field House and Activities Center and the Ritter Ice Arena have bleacher seating, which have steps. For a Handicapped  Parking permit please fill out this form at https://www.rit.edu/fa/facilities/content/commencement-2014-accessible-parking-and-seating-request. Please note that seating is not guaranteed. If your guests have mobility issues, please plan to arrive 90 minutes prior to the ceremony. Volunteers will be at the venue, please indicate to one of them if you need handicapped seating when you arrive.

We do not have wheelchairs available on campus. If you would like to rent a wheelchair, you may contact Monroe Wheelchair at 585-546-8595 or www.monroewheelchair.com/, or Fonte Surgical Supply at 585-338-1000 or 800-836-2130.

Interpreting Services
The Academic Convocation and all college ceremonies will be sign-language interpreted and real-time captioned. The Gordon Field House and Activities Center is equipped with an FM hearing assistance system. Receivers will be available at the ticket office on the second floor, northwest entrance foyer.

Blue Light Call Boxes
Emergency call boxes, indicated by blue lights, are located across campus. In addition to reporting emergencies, you can use the call boxes to request help if you lock your keys in your car, need a vehicle jumpstart, or would like an escort to your car. Simply open the box and press the large red button and you will automatically be connected with a Public Safety dispatcher.

Lost and Found
If you lose an item while on campus, please check at the ticket booths in the main lobbies of the Ritter Ice Arena and the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. All items will be taken to the Public Safety office in Grace Watson at the end of the day on Friday and Saturday. Please call 585-475-2853, the Public Safety dispatcher will take your contact information and you will be notified if the item is found.

Tickets

Tickets are not needed for any of the college commencement ceremonies or the Academic Convocation and there is no limit to the number of guests who may attend. Seating for all college commencement ceremonies is on a first-come, first-served basis. Although tickets are not needed for the Academic Convocation, seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow seating for the Academic Convocation will be available in the Ritter Ice Arena.

Information Booths

Information booths will be located around campus for your assistance. You also can get information at any time by asking individuals wearing yellow ribbons.

Food

FRIDAY, MAY 23    
Artesano's 7:30 am-5 pm Breakfast pastries, brownies, cookies, tarts, and several gluten-free products. Proudly serving Peet's Coffee and Tea products - blended frozen drinks, espresso, lattes, and cappuccinos
Beanz 7:30 am-3 pm Freshly baked gourmet pastries and desserts, bagels, muffins, cookies, fruit, Panini's, soups, sandwiches, and salads. Finger Lakes roasted coffee, cappuccinos, espresso, teas, smoothies
Ben and Jerry's 11 am-7:30 pm Ice cream, sundaes, cakes, cookies, real fruit smoothies, and shakes
Brick City Cafe 7-11 am Breakfast entrees, sandwiches, bagels, pastries, hand fruit. Coffeee station offering Seattle's Best blends and tea
Bytes on the Run 9 am-7:30 pm Treats, snacks, beverages, bulk candy, novelty items and gifts, specialty chocolates, Gelato ice cream, sugar-free candies, & make-your-own-gift-baskets
Nathan's Soups 10 am-4 pm Local Rochester favorite, Nathan's Soup & Salad offers a variety of home-style soups, sandwiches, and fresh baked breads
Cafe & Market @ Crossroads 7:30 am-6 pm Market-style food court, convenience store, and Starbucks coffee & Freshens smoothie bar. Subs, salads, grill items, pasta bar, pizzas, and calzones
The College Grind 8 am-4pm Offers a variety of Starbucks' brewed coffee and tea beverages, salads, freshly baked goods, cold drinks, and Freshens Smoothies
The Commons 11 am-7 pm Made-to-order Shumway Subs & Salads, Hettie's Grill, Stone Oven Pizza & Pasta Cucina, fresh soups, Moo Bella ice-cream
Concessions (Field House) 9 am-8 pm Assorted beverages, hot dogs
Concessions (Simone Circle) 11 am-6 pm Assorted beverage, snacks
The Corner Store 8 am-2 am Wide range of snacks, beverages, dairy products, dry goods, refrigerated and frozen items, fruits and vegetables, coffee station offering Seattle's Best blends
Global Village Cantina & Grille 11 am-7 pm Made-to-order Mexican cuisine, cooked-to-order international cuisines, and freshly prepared, made-to-order sushi
Global Village Market 10 am-6 pm International foods & spices, ready-to-eat ethnic meals, refrigerated & frozen items, fresh fruits & vegetables, cheeses, local products, breads, dry goods, snacks, beverages
RITz Sports Zone 11 am-3 pm Lunch entree menus, salad bar, subs, wraps, full deli, grill items, fresh soups, desserts, snacks, and coffee station offering Seattle's Best blends
Grace Watson Dining Hall 7 am-2 pm "All You Care To Eat" - Mongo's Grill offers fresh cook-to-order ingredients, Just Veggie bar, pizza, Soup & Sandwich Station, desserts, waffle bar, grill items, salad bar, and coffee station
Sol's Underground 11 am-11 pm Flat bread pizzas, quesadillas, paninis, fresh soups, wraps, Upstate Farms ice-cream
SATURDAY, MAY 24    
Artesano's 8 am-3 pm Breakfast pastries, brownies, cookies, tarts, and several gluten-free products. Proudly serving Peet's Coffee and Tea products - blended frozen drinks, espresso, lattes, and cappuccinos
Beanz Cafe 8 am-3 pm Freshly baked gourmet pastries and desserts, bagels, muffins, cookies, fruit, Panini's, soups, sandwiches, and salads. Finger Lakes roasted coffee, cappuccinos, espresso, teas, smoothies
Ben and Jerry's 11 am-7 pm Ice cream, sundaes, cakes, cookies, real fruit smoothies, and shakes
RITz Sports Zone 7am-7 pm Breakfast (7-11 am) and lunch entree menus, salad bar, subs, wraps, full deli, grill items, fresh soups, desserts, snacks, and coffee station offering Seattle's Best blends
Bytes on the Run 10 am-3 pm Treats, snacks, beverages, bulk candy, novelty items and gifts, specialty chocolates, Gelato ice cream, sugar-free candies, & make-your-own-gift-baskets
Global Village Cantina & Grille 11 am-6 pm Made-to-order Mexican cuisine, cooked-to-order international cuisines, and freshly prepared, made-to-order sushi
Nathan's Soups 10 am-4 pm Local Rochester favorite, Nathan's Soup & Salad offers a variety of home-style soups, sandwiches, and fresh baked breads
Concessions (Field House) 7:30 am-7:30 pm Assorted beverages, hot dogs
Concessions (Simone Circle) 7:30 am-6 pm Assorted beverages, snacks

Artwork/Gallery Openings

The NTID Dyer Arts Center - 2014 Information Coming Soon!
Friday, May 17 - 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 18 - 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Bevier Gallery
Undergraduate Student Honors Exhibition
An exhibition showcasing undergraduate student honors work, selected by faculty representing all programs in the three schools.
Friday, May 23 - 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 24 - 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 25 - 1:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) Gallery
2014 Annual Student Honors Exhibition
The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) Gallery presents the 2014 Annual Student Honors Exhibition. It will be on view beginning Wednesday, May 14 and continue through the summer. This exhibition features faculty-juried work by students active in all SPAS programs: advertising, biomedical photographic communications, fine art (BFA and MFA), imaging & photographic technology photojournalism, and visual media.
Friday, May 23 - 10:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 24 - 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Gallery r / CIAS the RIT metro showcase and learning laboratory for the arts
Gallery r will showcase The Artist Teacher Invitational: a celebration of creativity and teaching May 16 - May 31. You are cordially invited to the opening reception, Thursday, May 22, 6pm-9pm. Featured artwork by graduates in the Masters of Science for Teachers (MST) in the School of Art and the students they teach. Our new location is 100 College Avenue, Rochester, 14607 - just west of Village Gate on N Goodman Street. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday 1-5pm or by appointment. For gallery directions please call 585.256.3312. Gallery r is a member of the Neighborhood of the Arts (NOTA) and Rochester First Fridays. Our new galleries are wheelchair accessible and parking is free, street side and in r's adjacent parking lots. Stop by Commencement weekend and we suggest adding your email in our guestbook to receive future announcements regarding gallery events. 

RIT Photo Store (Student Alumni Union)

Friday, May 23 and Saturday, May 24 - 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

RIT Digital Den (Barnes & Noble @ RIT)

Friday, May 23 - 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 24 - 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Barnes & Noble @ RIT

Our bookstore is located at Park Point on the corner of Jefferson Rd. and John St. The store will be open during Commencement Weekend offering an assortment of RIT imprinted clothing and gifts as well as books and supplies. Visit our website at rit.bncollege.com.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday - 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

RIT Class Rings

As graduation nears, we are pleased to offer a lasting reminder of your RIT experience: the Official Ring. Our ring evokes special memories of the traditions and images of RIT. The Official Ring is a symbolic, continuous link with university experiences, fellow classmates and alumni. Our ring is reserved exclusively for alumni and students and will remain unchanged - a tangible connection to the past, present and future. Click here for more information.

Graduation Announcements

Generic graduation announcements are available at Barnes & Noble @ RIT bookstore. They can be purchased in the RIT gift dept. on the 1st floor or by calling 585-424-6766, ext. 201. Generic announcements come 10/pk.

Personalized graduation announcements and rings can be ordered from Balfour at www.balfour.com or by calling 1-877-225-3687, after January 1, 2014. Balfour reps will be on campus Feb. 12, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Fireside Lounge; Feb. 13, 11-4 p.m., outside RIT Photo Store in Monroe Hall; March 19-20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., outside RIT Photo Store in Monroe Hall; May 23-24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., B&N @ RIT Bookstore.

Photographs

GradImages┬« is the official photographer for Commencement. Pre-register with GradImages by visiting www.gradimages.com, and clicking on the Pre-Event Registration at the top of the page.Grad Images Button
You may register your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to view and order photos.  Proofs will be available after the ceremony. To view proofs online, please visit www.gradimages.com. Photos may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail. If you have any questions please contact Customer Service at 800-261-2576 or via email at giservice@gradimages.net.

DVDs of Academic Convocation and College Ceremonies

DVDs of each college ceremony and the Academic Convocation are available for purchase. The DVD for each college ceremony will include all platform speeches and the individual recognition of graduates. The DVD for the Academic Convocation will include the official conferral of degrees as well as all platform speeches.

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.

Click here to purchase RIT Convocation and College Ceremony DVDs.

DVDs may also be ordered by calling 585-475-2516 or by completing an order form and submitting it via mail or fax. DVDs can also be purchased at ceremony locations during Commencement Weekend. All orders must be received and postmarked by June 2, 2014 and will be shipped by the end of June.

Buy-a-Brick - Leave a Lasting Memory - 2014 Information Coming Soon!

Want a permanent reminder of your connection to RIT? For a donation of $175, you can buy a 4x8 inch brick - engraved with your personal three-line message - that will be set into the border of RIT's Quarter Mile. This program supports scholarships and enhanced learning opportunities for RIT students, and when you purchase a brick, you can choose to support any one of 23 funds. You will receive a map showing the on-campus location of your brick upon purchase. DEADLINE: To have your brick installed for Commencement, place your order on or before March 25th. To Buy-A-Brick online, go to rit.edu/buyabrick.

Senior Class Toast

Thursday, May 22, 4:30-6 p.m., Ritter Ice Arena. Hosted by Alumni Relations for all graduating students; brief remarks.

Alumni Relations Welcome Center

Friday, May 23, 12-4:30 p.m., 1010 and 1015 Campus Center.
Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 1010 and 1015 Campus Center.
Hosted by Alumni Relations, complimentary family portraits for graduates with their families.

Study Abroad Graduation Sashes

Sashes go on sale February 12th at the Graduation Fair (11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Fireside Lounge) and continue through March 14th.

Place your order in the RIT Global office in the Constellation Commons on the second floor of Global Village (above the Cantina & Grille). Sashes are customizable with up to four countries or the RIT Global (Study Abroad) logo. Sashes are $28 and up, payable by cash or check (payable to RIT). The first 100 students who went on a program through this office will receive $10 off their order!

Goabroad@rit.edu, 585-475-4466, Studyabroad.rit.edu

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