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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 »
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Grad aims to pave the way for more Native Americans pursuing STEM degrees Hard work, engagement with his community and dedication to research have defined Brendan John’s time at RIT, and he is poised to take the next step in pursuing his dream of becoming a professor.

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CIAS grad sculpts new future after engineering his past After earning his master’s degree in computer science and spending more than a decade as a computer hardware engineer in the semiconductor industry, Joe Lee felt unfulfilled and decided to get creative—literally and figuratively—in finding a new career.

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NTID students graduate with accolades Several students at NTID were honored with their families and friends at an academic awards ceremony May 18.

Army vet first to receive exercise science degree

Nutrition management grad moves closer to goal

Words matter: Making the alma mater more inclusive

Grad defines strength in the face of adversity

CAST faculty to receive Ph.D.s

Datto CEO McChord to give commencement address

Magnanimous GIS grad student wants to give back

Student to defend U.S. cybersecurity in new job

Two first to graduate from digital humanities program

A family first: Graduating from college

MBA grad will take leadership skills back to Egypt

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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 »

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  • 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

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