This memo is sent on behalf of Jeremy Haefner, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dear Faculty & Staff Colleagues:

I cordially invite you to participate in the events of Commencement Weekend 2017.  The weekend begins with the Academic Convocation Friday, May 19, 2017, at 12 p.m. in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. The program includes the 2017 Commencement Address. Also, Dr. Destler will address the Class of 2017, Ph.D. candidates will be hooded, delegates and graduates from each college will be introduced and recognized, and degrees will be officially conferred. Degree candidates will process in cap and gown with the faculty and sit together by college.  During the official conferral of degrees, the degree candidates from each college will be recognized as a group.  The Convocation will last about two hours and faculty will be recognized during the course of the program in addition to the college recognition.   

Every full-time faculty is expected to attend this culminating event of the academic year to witness the conferral of degrees as well as to attend his or her respective college commencement ceremony. If, however, you have a conflicting event (e.g., a family member graduating from another university) please notify your dean of your anticipated absence from either the Academic Convocation or your own college ceremony.

Faculty should gather for line-up for the Academic Convocation in the lower level of the Student Life Center at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 19.  Please follow the instructions from your college commencement representative regarding line-up for individual college commencement ceremonies.

Sue Provenzano is the contact person for Commencement 2017. If you have questions, please contact her directly at stp1031@rit.edu.  

I appreciate your support of the Academic Convocation and the college commencement ceremonies; most importantly, our students and their guests appreciate your presence. Thank you for your participation. 

Sincerely, 

Jeremy Haefner
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs