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May 19, 2017
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Soon-to-be graduates gather ahead of RIT’s 132nd commencement celebration. College ceremonies take place throughout the day today and Saturday. more »
Today’s special commencement edition of News & Events Daily is the final regularly scheduled issue for spring semester. The summer schedule starts May 23. Congratulations graduates, and best wishes to all for a safe and enjoyable summer.

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Today’s Top Stories
Commencement speaker: Success awaits hard workers
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. read more »

RIT alumnus and Datto CEO addresses graduates
Read the full text of keynote speaker Austin McChord’s commencement address. McChord, a 2009 RIT alumnus, is founder and CEO of Datto Inc, a billion-dollar company that backs up and restores data. read more »

President Destler delivers final commencement speech
Read the full text of President Bill Destler’s commencement address. Destler is retiring at the end of June after 10 years as RIT’s president. read more »

Meet the delegates
Twenty-four graduation delegates are representing RIT’s colleges and degree-granting units during this weekend’s commencement and convocation ceremonies. Delegates were selected based on their academic standing and will give a speech at their respective college’s graduation service. read more »

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Graduation announcements on Merit
University News will announce your graduation to your hometown newspaper. You will also receive a Dean’s List badge in your Merit profile that you can share on social media. See RIT’s Merit homepage at rit.meritpages.com. Questions? Email univnews@rit.edu.

RIT in the News
RIT on TV: Grad defines strength in face of adversity
Amie Sankoh '17 (biochemistry) featured more »

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Upcoming Events
National Technical Institute for the Deaf ceremony: 3:30 p.m. today, Gene Polisseni Center

College of Applied Science and Technology ceremony: 4 p.m. today, Gordon Field House

Golisano Institute for Sustainability ceremony: 4:30 p.m. today, Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Saunders College of Business ceremony: 6:30 p.m. today, Gene Polisseni Center

Kate Gleason College of Engineering ceremony: 7:30 p.m. today, Gordon Field House

College of Liberal Arts ceremony: 8:30 a.m. tomorrow, Gene Polisseni Center

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences ceremony: 9 a.m. tomorrow, Gordon Field House

College of Science ceremony: 11:30 a.m. tomorrow, Gene Polisseni Center

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences ceremony: 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, Gordon Field House

School of Individualized Study ceremony: 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, Gene Polisseni Center

College of Health Sciences and Technology ceremony: 5 p.m. tomorrow, Gene Polisseni Center

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