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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

& Receptions


B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences


Gordon Field House and Activities Center (GOR)

Graduates and their families are welcome and encouraged to attend! College ceremonies and receptions are listed in chronological order. 

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.

Friday, May 8th
Event Time Location
Academic Convocation
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Gordon Field House and Activities Center (GOR)
Ph.D. Computing and Information Sciences Reception
  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • Engineering Technology Hall (ENT), 1130 McGowan Commons
School of Information Reception
  • 12:30pm - 2:00pm
  • B. Thomas Golisano Hall, 2nd FL Lounge (GOL)
School of Interactive Games and Media Reception
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • B. Thomas Golisano Hall, Atrium (GOL)
Computer Science Reception
  • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
  • Louise Slaughter Hall, Rooms 2210-2240 (SLA)
Saturday, May 9th
Event Time Location
GCCIS Commencement Line Up
  • 8:00am
  • Lower level basketball courts, Student Life Center (HAC)
GCCIS Commencement Ceremony
  • 9:00am - 11:30am
  • Gordon Field House and Activities Center (GOR)
Software Engineering Reception
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Center Student Innovation, Room 1600 (CSI)
Computing Security Reception
  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • B. Thomas Golisano Hall, Atrium (GOL)
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