main story photo
Less than a decade after graduating, alumnus Austin McChord, founder and CEO of the widely acclaimed technology company Datto Inc., returned to campus today to give the commencement speech to some 3,500 graduates, including 32 students who earned Ph.D.s. more »
story photo

A family first: Graduating from college Thousands of RIT students took the stage in the Gordon Field House May 19 as their status shifted from student to graduate. For Leah Bockhahn, Muhammad Ibraheem and Shantel Forrest, crossing the stage had an even deeper meaning as they became the first in their families to graduate from college.

story photo

Army vet first to receive exercise science degree With a leap of faith, Rachael (Gardner) Aho transferred to RIT before the exercise science BS degree was officially in place. In her senior year, Aho became the first student to enroll in the program.

story photo

Grad defines strength in the face of adversity Amie Sankoh came to the U.S. from Sierra Leone when she was 12 years old. The biochemistry student, who is deaf, will begin studying in August for her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.

Magnanimous GIS grad student wants to give back

CIAS grad sculpts new future after engineering his past

Student to defend U.S. cybersecurity in new job

NTID students graduate with accolades

Words matter: Making the alma mater more inclusive

CAST faculty to receive Ph.D.s

Grad aims to pave the way for more Native Americans pursuing STEM degrees

Nutrition management grad moves closer to goal

Two first to graduate from digital humanities program

MBA grad will take leadership skills back to Egypt

Datto CEO McChord to give commencement address

Photo Gallery


Graduation Announcements on

merit imageLet your friends and neighbors know about your graduation! University News will send a news release announcing your graduation to your hometown newspaper. We will also send you an online story through to share your news with family and friends as well as post on social media sites like Facebook. Questions? Email

Commencement 2017

Complete commencement information is available on the RIT Commencement site.

Meet the Delegates

Twenty-four graduation delegates will represent RIT’s colleges and degree-granting units during this year’s commencement and convocation ceremonies. more »

Graduation Tweets


  • Academic Convocation: noon May 19, Gordon Field House
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf ceremony: 3:30 p.m. May 19, Gene Polisseni Center
  • College of Applied Science and Technology ceremony: 4 p.m. May 19, Gordon Field House
  • Golisano Institute for Sustainability ceremony: 4:30 p.m. May 19, Golisano Institute for Sustainability
  • Saunders College of Business ceremony: 6:30 p.m. May 19, Gene Polisseni Center
  • Kate Gleason College of Engineering ceremony: 7:30 p.m. May 19, Gordon Field House
  • College of Liberal Arts ceremony: 8:30 a.m. May 20, Gene Polisseni Center
  • Air Force ROTC Commissioning Ceremony: 8:30 a.m. May 20, Ingle Auditorium
  • College of Imaging Arts and Sciences ceremony: 9 a.m. May 20, Gordon Field House
  • College of Science ceremony: 11:30 a.m. May 20, Gene Polisseni Center
  • B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences ceremony: 12:30 p.m. May 20, Gordon Field House
  • School of Individualized Study ceremony: 2:30 p.m. May 20, Gene Polisseni Center
  • College of Health Sciences and Technology ceremony: 5 p.m. May 20, Gene Polisseni Center
  • Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony: 5 p.m. May 20, Ingle Auditorium

Related Links