More detailed information can be found in our FAQ.  If you need additional information, please e-mail us at  We look forward to celebrating this major milestone in your lives with you and your student!

Review the Weekend Schedule

There are many events to attend, including the Academic Convocation (with guest speaker), college commencement ceremonies, receptions, and more.

Make your reservations for overnight accommodations.

Several other area universities are holding graduation ceremonies this weekend, so reservations should be made as soon as possible directly with the lodging of your choice. For information on area hotels, inns, motels, and bed and breakfast lodgings, contact Visit Rochester at 1-800-677-7282 or 585-279-8300.  Locations nearest to RIT are found on Jefferson Road, West and East Henrietta Roads, White Spruce Boulevard, Lehigh Station Road, and Hylan Drive.  RIT is approximately 25 minutes from downtown Rochester.

Review parking, shuttle and accessibility information.

If needed, request special parking and seating arrangements for guests with special needs.  Please note that our campus is large and that there is considerable walking involved from all locations to shuttle stops.  We encourage you to consider the distances you may have to walk and to wear comfortable shoes.  A limited number of golf carts operated by staff will be available to help elderly guests or guests with special needs.

Dress for Comfort

Business casual is most common.  Wear comfortable walking shoes!

Consider bringing activities for young children to do quietly at their seats.

Let your friends, family and neighbors know about your graduation!

  • Generic graduation announcements are available at Barnes & Noble @ RIT; if you would like personalized announcements, please visit
  • RIT’s University Communications office will automatically send a news release announcing your graduation to your hometown newspaper. You will also receive a badge in your Merit profile that you can share on social media. See all of the RIT Merit announcements at Contact University Communications at if you have any questions. You can manage your Merit profile privacy options, or to learn how to opt out here.
  • RIT will be projecting tweets on the big screens between ceremonies in the Gordon Field House and the Gene Polisseni Center, so use the hashtag #RITgrad to share photos of your graduation day!


Order your video of the Academic Convocation or college commencement ceremony.

Video recordings of each college ceremony and the Academic Convocation are available for purchase.

  • Academic Convocation includes the official conferral of degrees and all of the speeches.
  • College ceremony videos include all speeches and the individual recognition of graduates as they cross the stage.

Videos are available in two formats: Digital Download or DVD.

  • DVDs of a college ceremony and the Academic Convocation are $26 each or you can purchase both together for $42, savings of $10. Price includes tax and shipping.
  • Digital downloads are $20 each.

Purchase online here. DVDs may also be ordered at ceremony locations during Commencement Weekend or by calling 585-475-2516.


Pre-register your e-mail address with RIT’s official Commencement Photographers.

Professional photographers from GradImages will be at each college ceremony and will photograph each graduate as he or she crosses the stage.  You will be contacted directly by GradImages with ordering information and a link for viewing proofs.  For fastest viewing of your graduate’s photos, visit the GradImages website and pre-register your preferred e-mail address. You can also provide access to the photographs to up to six other individuals by preregistering their e-mail addresses.  

Buy a Brick

You can make your mark at RIT today with the purchase of a brick that can be engraved to commemorate your graduate. Direct your gift to one of 19 scholarship and student life funds, helping current and future students while you become a part of RIT’s history. Your brick will be placed on Philanthropy Way – a visible symbol of many who give to RIT. Visit  Buy a Brick for more information or place your order here. Please note: The deadline to order bricks for installation by Commencement 2020 is Sunday, March 15, 2020.

Philanthropy Cords

Celebrate the Class of 2020 by making a gift of $20.20 or more - your grad will be recognized with an exclusive orange and black philanthropy cord to wear at Commencement. Cords will be available for pick up on campus during the last week of classes, senior events, and at the  2020 Class Toast.