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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


College of Health Sciences and Technology


Gene Polisseni Center

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.

Thursday, May 7th
Event Time Location
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound 'Pinning' Ceremony (Invitation Only)
  • 10:00am - 11:30am
  • Student Alumni Union, Ingle Auditorium (SAU-1250)
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound Reception (Invitation Only)
  • 11:30am - 1:30pm
  • Student Alumni Union, Fireside Lounge (1550) (SAU)
Physician Assistant Awards & Coating Ceremony (Invitation Only)
  • 4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Student Alumni Union, Ingle Auditorium (SAU)
Physician Asistant Reception
  • 5:30pm - 7:00pm
  • Student Alumni Union, Davis Room 1300 (SAU)
Friday, May 8th
Event Time Location
Academic Convocation
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Gordon Field House and Activities Center (GOR)
Saturday, May 9th
Event Time Location
CHST Commencement Line Up
  • 7:45am
  • Tent east side of Gene Polisseni Center (POL)
CHST Commencement Ceremony
  • 8:30am - 10:00am
  • Gene Polisseni Center (POL)
CHST Reception
  • 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • George H. Clark Gymnasium (CLK)
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