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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 Art and Design


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)
School of Photographic Arts & Sciences Reception
  • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Gannett Hall, William Harris Gallery, Room 3030 (GAN)
Schools of Art and American Crafts Reception
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Lyndon Baines Johnson Hall, Dyer Arts Center (LBJ)
School of Design Reception
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Student Alumni Union, Davis Room 1300 (SAU)
School of Film & Animation Reception
  • 3:00pm - 5:00pm
  • MAGIC Center, Lobby (MSS)
CAD Commencement Line Up
  • 5:30pm
  • Lower level basketball courts, Student Life Center (HAC)
CAD Commencement Ceremony
  • 6:30pm - 8:30pm
  • Gordon Field House and Activities Center (GOR)
Event Time Location
3DDD Thesis Show TBD
  • Booth Hall (BOO) rooms A428, A430, and A450
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