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  • Apply for graduation when you receive your invitation from SISIf you want your name to appear in the Commencement Program Book and on the Commencement website, you must “Apply for Graduation” by April 1, 2020. Helpful SIS screen shots available here.
  • Update your address and contact information in SIS.  Make sure everything is sent to the right place after graduation. You can also enter a special address for your diploma mailing as well as your diploma name, if different than your legal name. 
  • Meet with your advisor to confirm that you have met all the requirements for graduation.
  • Tell your family and friends the names, dates, times and locations of your college commencement ceremony and reception and any other events you wish to attend.
  • Make or encourage your guests to make hotel reservations as soon as possible. Several other area colleges are holding graduation ceremonies this weekend.
  • Encourage your guests to obtain an RIT Disabled Parking Permit (even if they have one from their state)
  • Check out the CAB website for the latest news about trips, events and celebrations leading up to the big day. When it comes to Grad Week events, the College Activity Board (CAB) has you covered.
  • Pick up your cap and gown starting Monday, April 20, 2020 at Barnes & Noble @RIT
  • Learn the time and place for lining up for the Academic Convocation and your college commencement ceremony.
  • Plan to attend 2020 Class Toast on Wednesday, May 6, 2020 at 6 p.m.  in the Gene Polisseni Center. 
  • Become a Class of 2020 donor by making a gift of $20.20 or more and show off your Tiger Pride at Commencement with an exclusive orange and black philanthropy cord
  • Schedule your exit interview if you have William D. Ford Federal Direct Student Loans or Federal Perkins Loans.
  • Complete your First Destination Survey in Handshake to let us know what you'll be doing after graduation and to find out what other graduates have planned.


  • Come to the lower level of the Student Life Center by 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 8, to line up for the Academic Convocation.  Allow extra time to find a parking space or check the RIT bus schedules so you can arrive on time.
  • Know the time and location of line up for your college ceremony.
  • Plan a place in advance to meet your family and guests after the Academic Convocation and your college commencement ceremony.
  • Wear appropriate clothing and shoes – remember you will be doing a fair amount of walking.  Caps and gowns are required for the Academic Convocation and your college ceremony.
  • Line up locations are not secure.  Do not plan to leave valuables, purses, cell phones, etc. in any line up location. During ceremonies, do not leave personal items on your chair when you go on stage. You may not be returning to the same seat.
  • Remind your guests that backpacks, purses, and other bags will be searched.
  • Recycle your gown (but not the cap or hood) at Goodbye, Goodbye drop off locations.



Graduation policies are available for your review in the RIT Governance Policy Library.