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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


Non College-Specific Ceremonies and Receptions

The ceremonies, receptions, and events featured on this page are not specific to a college. Please check with your graduate for more information.

Monday, April 27
Event Time Location
Rainbow Graduation
  • 4:30pm - 6:30pm
  • University Gallery, Booth Hall Room 2765 (BOO)
Thursday, May 7th
Event Time Location
Honors Program Ceremony & Reception
  • 1:30pm - 3:00pm
  • Student Alumni Union (SAU) Alfred L. Davis Room (1300)
Office of Graduate Education Reception
  • 2:30pm - 4:30pm
  • Crossroads (CRS)
Office of Graduate Education Reception
  • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Crossroads (CRS)
Newman Catholic Community Baccalaureate Mass
  • 7:00pm
  • Allen Chapel, Schmitt Interfaith Center (SMT)
Friday, May 8th
Event Time Location
MCAS Family & Friends Send Off
  • 12:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Student Alumni Union, MOSAIC Center, Room 2510 (SAU)
International Student Services Reception
  • 12:00pm - 1:30pm
  • Student Alumni Union, Fireside Lounge (1550) (SAU)
Saturday, May 9th
Event Time Location
Army ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Student Alumni Union, Ingle Auditorium (SAU)
Army ROTC Reception
  • 7:00pm - 8:00pm
  • Student Alumni Union, The 1829 Room (room #1550) (SAU)
Sunday, May 10th
Event Time Location
Newman Catholic Community Sunday Mass (Interpreted)
  • 10:00am - 11:00am
  • Schmitt Interfaith Center, Allen Chapel (SMI)
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