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What You Need To Know

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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).

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 http://facilities.rit.edu/pats/parking/forms/parkingandseatingrequest/. 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 22    
Artesano's    
Beanz    
Ben and Jerry's    
Brick City Cafe    
Bytes on the Run    
Nathan's Soups    
Cafe & Market @ Crossroads    
The College Grind    
The Commons    
Concessions (Field House)    
Concessions (Simone Circle)    
The Corner Store    
Global Village Cantina & Grille    
Global Village Market    
RITz Sports Zone    
Grace Watson Dining Hall    
Sol's Underground    
SATURDAY, MAY 23    
Artesano's    
Beanz Cafe    
Ben and Jerry's    
RITz Sports Zone    
Bytes on the Run    
Global Village Cantina & Grille    
Nathan's Soups    
Concessions (Field House)    
Concessions (Simone Circle)    

Artwork/Gallery Openings

The NTID Dyer Arts Center
http://www.rit.edu/ntid/dyerarts/exhibitions/current

Bevier Gallery
Undergraduate Student Honors Exhibition
An exhibition showcasing undergraduate student honors work, selected by faculty representing all programs in the three schools.

School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) Gallery
2015 Annual Student Honors Exhibition
The School of Photographic Arts and Sciences (SPAS) Gallery presents the 2015 Annual Student Honors Exhibition.

Gallery r / CIAS

RIT Photo Store (Student Alumni Union)

 

RIT Digital Den (Barnes & Noble @ RIT)

 

Barnes & Noble @ RIT



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

 

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 - Make your mark on RIT

Want to leave a permanent legacy of your connection to RIT? For a gift of $175, you can buy a 4x8 inch brick - engraved with your personal three-line message - that will be installed in a prominent campus location. The Buy A Brick program supports scholarships and enhanced learning opportunities for current and future RIT students. You will receive a map showing the on-campus location of your brick upon installation. DEADLINE: To have your brick installed for Commencement, place your order on or before April 7th. To buy a brick online, go to rit.edu/buyabrick.

Senior Class Toast



Alumni Relations Welcome Center

Study Abroad Graduation Sashes

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

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