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Commencement 2020 update due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak:

"We have come to the difficult decision to cancel 2020 commencement ceremonies scheduled for May 8 and 9, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We had no choice but to make this heartbreaking decision to protect the health of students, their family members, faculty, staff, and the greater Rochester community.

The university will work hard to find a way to celebrate the Class of 2020 at a later date, when medical experts say it is safe. I invite ideas from our community on how we might best accomplish this.

In the meantime, I hope our graduating students will remember that, even though the previously scheduled ceremony is cancelled, this does not take away from your hard work and extraordinary accomplishments.”
- RIT President David Munson

President Munson’s full commencement message is available on RIT’s Coronavirus Information Website

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Due to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, are commencement activities still planned?

Commencement is among the most important days in the life of the university, and we understand how important this celebration is to our graduates and their guests. We will have an answer by April 3 as to whether it will be safe to hold commencement ceremonies on campus.

- RIT President David Munson




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2020 Commencement Speaker

Peace Corps Director Josephine “Jody” Olsen, Ph.D., MSW, will be the keynote speaker at RIT's annual commencement celebration. Dr. Olsen will speak at the Academic Convocation, set for 10 a.m. Friday, May 8, in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center.

Commencement Tickets

Tickets are not needed for any of our ceremonies. However for the Academic Convocation, seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow seating will be available in the Gene Polisseni Center, where the ceremony will be streamed live. All other ceremonies have ample guest seating.