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RIT commencement 2016

24 May

African American graduate walking across the stage.

RIT held its 131st commencement on Friday, May 20, 2016 with 4,000 students graduating. Ten percent of this group of graduates were deaf or hard of hearing. France A. Córdova, director of the National Science Foundation, served as the keynote speaker. Watch video.

Meet the RIT/NTID 2016 college delegates

20 May

left to right Leslie William and Chloe Ho in graduation cap and gown.

Meet Leslie Williams and Chi Man “Chloe” Ho, who were selected as the 2016 NTID College delegates. Delegates are selected based on their academic standing and give a speech at NTID’s commencement.

Leslie Williams is NTID’s undergraduate delegate. A student in the laboratory, science technology associate degree program, she knew she wanted to attend RIT since elementary school and be a part of the deaf community in Rochester. Williams, from Chicago, Illinois, is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Following graduation, she plans to enroll in RIT’s College of Health Sciences and Technology and pursue a bachelor’s degree in diagnostic medical sonography.

After earning her master’s degree in secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing, Chloe Ho, NTID’s graduate delegate, will return to her hometown of Hong Kong. Prior to coming to RIT, Ho worked in sign bilingualism and co-enrollment in the deaf education program run by the Center for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. It is the first program in Asia applying this specific educational model to enhance inclusion of both deaf and hearing students in a mainstream school setting. She will return to the program following graduation. She is excited to contribute the experiences and knowledge she gained at RIT to the field of deaf education there.

Innovation and creativity on display

9 May

Ferris wheel made out of Kinetics blocks.

Tens of thousands of visitors came to RIT’s campus on May 7, 2016 to tour the more than 400 interactive exhibits that comprised the ninth annual Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival. The festival showcases the talents and entrepreneurial creativity of RIT students, faculty and staff. More.

RIT men’s lacrosse team wins fifth straight Liberty League title

9 May

RIT men's lacrosse players

The top-seeded RIT men’s lacrosse team defeated third seed Rensselaer 15-5 on Sunday, May 8, 2016 in the Liberty League Men’s Lacrosse Championship. The Tigers will play John Carroll University in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Division III Men’s Lacrosse Championship on Wednesday, May 11, 2016. More.


RIT all-female race team places third in national competition

6 May

RIT student wearing a purple helmet driving an orange and sliver electric race car.

Hot Wheelz, Rochester Institute of Technology’s all-female race team, finished third in the electric category in its first national event, the Formula Hybrid competition that took place May 2-5, 2016 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire. The team’s on- and off-track performance also was recognized with two additional trophies, the GM Spirit of Formula Hybrid and the Fiat Chrysler Automobile’s Gracious Professionalism awards. More.