Each college selects one undergraduate student and may also select one graduate student to represent degree candidates from the college—students whose overall personal achievement demonstrates the ideals of RIT including, but not limited to, academic achievement. College delegates speak at their college commencement ceremonies.

Saunders College of Business


Rosalie Phan, Undergraduate delegaterosalie phan
From Vung Tau City, Vietnam, Rosalie graduates with a BS that includes a double major in management information systems and economics. She completed internships at Ernst & Young, Oracle, and BlueCross BlueShield of Western NY, as well as a co-op at Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems. A member of the Honors Program and the Beta Gamma Sigma international business honor society, Rosalie is also the recipient of the Legacy Leader Award and the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship Award. She also is a recipient of the RIT Founders International Scholarship, the J&M Bartholomew Scholarship, the Nathaniel Rochester Society Scholarship, and the Saunders College of Business Alumni Endowed Scholarship. Rosalie has accepted a full-time position with Ernst & Young as a technology advisory consultant.
tara shedlosky

Tara Shedlosky, Graduate delegate

Originally from Old Lyme, Conn., Tara now lives in Pittsford, N.Y., and graduates with an Executive MBA. She completed a BA in chemistry at Colgate University and a Ph.D. in coatings and polymeric materials at North Dakota State University, where she developed a protective and removable coating for outdoor bronze. Tara’s professional experience includes manufacturing-based research, and improvement and leadership roles at DuPont, including serving as a plant manager for DuPont’s Advanced Printing division. With the knowledge gained in the EMBA program, Tara is now employed in the service industry as a business improvement process manager at Paychex.

College of Liberal Arts


shakierah smith

Shakierah Smith, Undergraduate delegate

From Rochester, N.Y., Shakierah graduates with dual BS degrees in criminal justice and communication. Shakierah served as a youth mentor for the Higher Education Opportunity program at RIT and as a project assistant for the National Science Foundation AdvanceRIT program. She is a member of the Honors Program and the McNair Scholars Program. She is a recipient of the Richard B. Lewis Award, the Kearse Undergraduate Writing Award, the Center for Public Safety Initiatives’ Excellence in Research Award, the RIT Innovation and Creativity Award, and the Outstanding  Undergraduate Scholarship Award. Shakierah plans to obtain a law degree and become an advocate for victim’s rights.
charlotte lefkovich

Charlotte Lefkovich, Graduate delegate

From Southington, Conn., Charlotte graduates with a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in science, technology, and public policy. She completed co-ops at Medtronic MITG, where she  conducted early product testing for biomedical devices, and at UTC Aerospace Sensors and Integrated Systems, where she engaged in process improvement and cost analysis for projects. At RIT, she was a member of the Honors Program, and a recipient of the Barbara Paul Memorial Scholarship and the O’Meara Foundation Scholarship. Charlotte plans to obtain a position that allows her to combine her engineering and policy degrees to make a positive impact in the biomedical industry.

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences



breanna dionne

Breanna Dionne, Undergraduate delegate

From Auburn, N.H., Breanna graduates with a BS in information technology. She completed internships at Liberty Mutual Insurance as an application developer, where she contributed to mobile app design and development, and at JPMorgan Chase where she served as a technology analyst focusing on data migration. Breanna completed two co-ops at Ahold Delhaize as a frontend  developer, building responsive web and mobile applications. At RIT, she was a recipient of the RIT Presidential Scholarship and received Liberty League All-Academic Honors as a varsity crosscountry runner. Breanna has accepted a position as a software engineer at Constant Contact.

Adriana Sejfia, Graduate delegate

Adriana graduates with an MS in software engineering. She completed a BS in applied arts and sciences at RIT Kosovo, where her studies focused on information technology and economics. She conducted research on software architecture, vulnerabilities prediction, and traceability. Her research was presented at the IEEE International Conference on Software Architecture, where she received the Best Paper Award. At RIT, she was a recipient of the Transformational Leadership Program Scholarship, jointly funded by Kosovo’s government and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Following graduation, Adriana plans to build upon the work that she conducted as a research assistant and pursue a Ph.D. in software engineering.

Kate Gleason College of Engineering


joan bempong

Joan "Jo" Bempong, Undergraduate delegate 

From Irving, Texas, Jo graduates with a BS/MS in computer engineering and a minor in Deaf cultural studies. She completed co-ops at Texas Instruments, Sandia National Laboratories, and VTCSecure. Jo was a recipient of the Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship Award, the Deep Learning Classification Challenge Award, and the Machine Intelligence Best Project Presentation Award. She was a finalist in both the Digital Rochester GREAT Award for student achievement and the RIT Tiger Tank competition. Jo was invited to present her work at the 25th Anniversary Congress on Women’s Health. Jo has accepted a full-time position at Texas Instruments.
eloy yague-martinez

Eloy Yague-Martinez, Graduate delegate

From Cartagena, Spain, Eloy graduates with an ME in mechanical engineering. He completed a BS in mechanical engineering at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena. His work experience includes serving as a calibration engineer at Navantia, Cartagena, and as quality engineer at Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe, Amsterdam. Eloy worked as a manufacturing engineer and later as an application engineer at The Gleason Works. At RIT, he completed a graduate research assistantship in the Gear Research Laboratory, where his work focused on computer-generated gears, including simulated meshing, contact, and stress analysis, which he will continue while pursuing a Ph.D. in engineering at RIT.

School of Individualized Study


richard cremin

Richard Cremin, Undergraduate delegate

From Easton, Conn., Richard graduates with a BS in applied arts and sciences. His work experience includes serving as the co-founder and operations manager at CBG Images Design, a marketing agency in Rochester, N.Y., and a principal at Lifestyle Promoter, a market research startup providing product viability exploration. At RIT, he was a recipient of the Presidential Scholarship, and served as a student manager at the Innovative Learning Institute. Richard will continue serving in his existing role at the company, and will lead an initiative to open a second office in Fairfield County, Conn.
rachel abbett

Rachel Abbett, Graduate delegate

From Rochester, N.Y., Rachel graduates with an MS in professional studies, with concentrations in communications and higher education administration. She completed a BS in visual arts and interpreting at Northeastern University. Her professional experience includes serving as a staff interpreter at RIT/NTID and the University of Rochester Medical Center, in addition to freelance sign language interpreting. She is certified in health care interpreting and a nationally certified interpreter. Rachel plans to continue working in the Department of Access Services at RIT/NTID, where she serves as the manager of the interpreting team for the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

College of Imaging Arts and Sciences


ethelia lung

Ethelia Lung, Undergraduate delegate

From Hong Kong, China, Ethelia graduates with a BFA in new media design. She completed two co-ops at Grayscale Web Design in user experience design and served as a user experience design intern for the YouTube product team at Google. Her work at YouTube focused on graphic and interface design, research and prototyping, and cross-team collaboration. At RIT, she was a member of the Honors Program. She is the recipient of the RIT Founders International Scholarship, the Cameros Family Nathaniel Rochester Society Scholarship, the Stan McKenzie Prize for Writing, and the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship Award. Ethelia Lung will return to YouTube as a full-time interaction designer.
akanksha vishwakarma

Akanksha Vishwakarma, Graduate delegate

From Bhilai, India, Akanksha graduates with an MFA in industrial design. She completed an internship at Hasbro, working with the animatronics design team developing electronic toys. Akanksha completed a co-op at MagicSpell Studios at RIT, working on improving 3D printed prosthetic hands using 3D modeling and renderings, and completed a graduate assistantship in the 3D print lab. She was a recipient of the Fram Award for Critical Thinking and contributed research to a publication presented at the IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference. Akanksha plans to gain additional professional work experience in the product design field.

College of Applied Science and Technology


linden pohland

Linden Pohland, Undergraduate delegate 

From Germantown, Wis., Linden graduates with a BS in hospitality and tourism management. He participated in the Disney College Program and completed internships with Hershey Entertainment & Resorts and the Hilton Garden Inn. He is a recipient of the Eric Scott Senna Spirit Award, the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship Award, and the Statler Foundation Scholarship of Excellence. Linden is a member of the Honors Program and Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals. He has submitted research to several industry journals. Linden will begin his career as a manager-in-training specializing in finance at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Hawaii.
stephanie rankin

Stephanie Rankin, Graduate delegate

From Rochester, N.Y., Stephanie graduates with an MS in service leadership and innovation. She previously completed a BS in marketing at RIT. Her professional experience includes serving as a marketing coordinator at LaBella Associates and she is a co-founder of Rochester Brainery. At RIT, Stephanie serves as a member of the Faculty/Staff Alumni Chapter Committee, Rochester Alumni Chapter Committee, RIT Young Professionals, and the RIT Benefits Advisory Board. Following graduation, Stephanieplans to continue working at RIT as a foundation relations officerin the Division of Development and Alumni Relations.

College of Science


madison ricco

Madison Ricco, Undergraduate delegate

From Cornwall, N.Y., Madison graduates with a BS that includes a double major in biology and biomedical sciences. Madison worked in the Oncology Research and Development Department at Pfizer, studying tumor microenvironments. At RIT, she conducted research on cancer therapies and viral mutations, and is currently involved in a research project that is looking at alternative cancer treatments. Madison is a member of the Honors Program and a recipient of the David M. Baldwin Memorial Award, the Alfred L. and Ruby C. Davis Award, the College of Science Alumni Endowed Scholarship, and the Nathaniel Rochester Society Scholarship. Madison will pursue a Pharm.D. at the University of Denver.
ronald kemker

Ronald Kemker, Graduate delegate

An active-duty U.S. Air Force Captain, Ronald graduates with a Ph.D. in imaging science. He received a BS in computer engineering, a BS in electrical engineering (photonics), and an MS in electrical engineering from Michigan Technological University. At RIT, his research interests include applying machine and deep-learning techniques to solve remote sensing problems and developing brain-inspired frameworks for artificial general intelligence. Ronald supervised four high school and undergraduate students, and their work has been published in top-tier artificial intelligence conferences and remote sensing journals.Ronald will return to the Air Force as a program manager.

College of Health Sciences and Technology


rachel tassoni

Rachel Tassoni, Undergraduate delegate

From Chepachet, R.I., Rachel graduates with a BS in diagnostic medical sonography. She completed clinical rotations in the radiology and antenatal testing departments at Rochester General Hospital and Rochester Regional Health, performing ultrasound exams in outpatient, inpatient, and emergency settings. Rachel completed an internship at the Rhode Island Department of Health, and studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark. At RIT, she was a member of the Honors Program and received the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholarship Award, the Excellence in Student Life Award, and the Legacy Leader Award. She is a recipient of several scholarships including the Alfred L. and Ruby C. Davis Scholarship, the Kathleen M. Keyes Memorial Scholarship, and the Nathaniel Rochester Society Scholarship. Rachel plans to pursue a full-time sonography career in Boston, Mass.
joshua farrell

Joshua Farrell, Graduate delegate

From Latham, N.Y., Joshua graduates with a BS/MS in physician assistant. During his fifth year, he completed 10 five-week clinical rotations across numerous disciplines of medicine including in-patient medicine, pediatrics, emergency medicine, pediatric oncology, orthopedic surgery, family medicine, geriatrics, general surgery, psychiatry, and OB/GYN. At RIT he was the recipient of the Physician Assistant Mentor of the Year Award, the Max & Marion Farash Charitable Foundation Scholarship, and the RIT Presidential Scholarship. Joshua plans to return to the Albany area with interests in pursuing internal, emergency, or surgical medicine.

Golisano Institute for Sustainability


susan wylie

Susan Wylie, Graduate delegate

A licensed attorney from Rochester, N.Y., Susan graduates with an M.Arch. She completed a co-op at Bero Architecture focusing onhistoric preservation. Susan earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame. She has 25 years of experience as an attorney in both private practice and at Eastman Kodak Company, where she served as assistant general counsel. At RIT, she was a recipient of the Leadership Award, the Academic Merit Award from the School of Architecture, and the American Institute of Architects (Rochester Chapter) Scholarship. Susan intends to obtain a position in which she can apply both her legal expertise and knowledge of architecture in endeavors such as community and urban planning, neighborhood renewal, and research and policy initiatives.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf


paula macdonald

Paula MacDonald, Undergraduate delegate

From Ontario, Canada, Paula graduates with an AAS in computer aided drafting technology. She completed a co-op with Fulcrum Engineering, where she prepared drawings and specifications for structural engineering projects. At RIT/NTID, she served as president of the Deaf International Student Association and was active with the Deaf Basketball Association and the Deaf Volleyball Association. Paula will be transferring to the BS program in civil engineering technology at RIT and plans to become a civil/structural engineer.

RIT Croatia


ana maria trojic

Ana Maria Trojić, delegate

From Dubrovnik, Croatia, Ana Maria Trojić is graduating with a BS in international hospitality and service management. She is a recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award. During her studies, she completed internships at Dubrovnik Tourist Board and the Korkyra travel agency.  She was student assistant at the admissions office at Dubrovnik campus for two consecutive years.  Ana Maria was part of Student Government and she held tutoring lectures for Microeconomics course, in addition to being engaged in numerous volunteering activities.  Ana Maria will pursue a graduate degree and career in the hospitality field.

RIT Dubai


raina zakir

Raina Zakir, delegate

From Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Raina Zakir graduates with a BS in computing security. Raina completed a co-op with the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot. At RIT, she competed in numerous hackathons and competitions, served as a member of Student Government, and is a founder of the Bitcoin Club. She is a recipient of the President’s Cup,  and led the graphic design section of the student magazine. Raina assists professors in both the computing and business department’s research initiatives. Her passion for cyber security has led her to co-found a startup that she hopes will further her endeavors in the field.

RIT Kosovo


yllza hoti

Yllza Hoti, delegate

From Prizren, Kosovo, Yllza graduates with a BS in applied arts and sciences at RIT Kosovo.  She is a recipient of the Outstanding Student Scholarship, the Dr. Ferid Murad Scholarship, and the Best in Generation Scholarship. Her professional experience includes serving as a procurement specialist for UA Builders, as well as a web and social media writer and editor at RIT Kosovo Media Center. She completed an internship at PECB conducting client research, and performing market research for Brighton Group. On campus, she served as a math tutor at the Academic Support Center. Following graduation, Yllza plans to explore career opportunities in Pristina and later pursue an MBA abroad.