Dear Faculty and Staff Colleagues,

I cordially invite you to participate in Commencement 2020 on Friday and Saturday, May 8-9, 2020. Commencement activities begin with the Academic Convocation on Friday at 10 a.m. in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center. During the ceremony, the entire RIT community will come together to celebrate with our graduates and their families and mark the close of another academic year. This is a special time for our students and their families, and I hope you will be able to share it with them.   

RIT’s 2019 commencement speaker is John Seely Brown, Ph.D., the former chief scientist at Xerox and the director of Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Today, he’s a visiting scholar and adviser to the provost at the University of Southern California (USC) and the Independent Co-Chairman of Deloitte’s Center for the Edge.  Dr. Brown is a co-founder of the Institute for Research on Learning, and his personal research interests include new approaches to learning, digital youth culture, digital media, and the application of technology to accelerate deep learning within and across organizational boundaries. He serves on numerous boards including Amazon and has published more over 100 papers in scientific journals and written nine books.

Dr. Brown’s address will be just one highlight of the convocation ceremony. RIT’s 10th president, Dr. David C. Munson, Jr., will also speak to the Class of 2019 as will two students, one undergraduate and one graduate delegate.  Finally, we will honor the students receiving their Ph.D.’s during the doctoral hooding ceremony. 

Faculty and staff are an important part of Academic Convocation. Full-time faculty are expected to attend convocation and the commencement ceremonies for their respective colleges. If you have a conflict, please notify your dean as soon as possible. Staff in regalia at convocation are also invited to participate in the procession. Line-up for the procession will be in the lower level of the Student Life Center at 9:00 a.m.

Following convocation, we will hold individual college commencement ceremonies and receptions Friday afternoon and Saturday. Look for details and instructions from your college commencement liaison. For the full schedule of ceremonies and receptions, click here.

Kerry Hughes is the contact person for Commencement 2019. If you have any questions, please contact her directly at   

I appreciate your support during commencement weekend; most importantly, our students and their guests appreciate your presence. Thank you for your participation. 


Ellen Granberg
Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs