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WELCOME

Greetings Graduate Students!

On behalf of the Office of Graduate Education (OGE) it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to another exciting academic year. This fall we are enrolling more than 1,000 new graduate students who will be pursuing a degree in one of our various professional or research masters, MFA, or PhD programs. The addition of our new graduate students brings our total graduate student population to approximately 3,400. RIT has a diverse group of graduate students consisting of individuals sponsored by more than 60 different government agencies, universities and organizations both domestic and international.

The focus of the OGE is to support graduate students and help them succeed in their programs of study, research and creative endeavors. All of our graduate programs offer exceptional education and research opportunities in numerous cutting-edge areas. Our office along with RIT’s outstanding graduate faculty look forward to helping each of you develop meaningful partnerships with RIT colleagues, the Rochester community, the business and private sector. Throughout the academic year our office sponsors numerous workshops for students and faculty on topics such as: library research, thesis and career preparation, teaching assistantships and grant writing. Another signature event is the annual Graduate Symposium and Showcase, which highlights the creative, innovative and scholarly research accomplishments of our students and faculty. This year’s event will take place on November 3, 2017 and includes opportunities for campus-wide networking and interdisciplinary education. The year will begin with a series of orientation events to help introduce new students to RIT and to welcome back our returning students. To learn more about these activities go to: https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/gradstudies/orientation

This year OGE is partnering with Academic Affairs to share information on immunization compliance for new and returning graduate students. All students born after January 1, 1957, who are enrolled for six or more credit hours, and attending classes on campus must comply with New York State and RIT immunization requirements. This includes faculty and staff who are taking classes. Failure to comply within 30 days of the start of classes will result in disenrollment from RIT. For more information on this important requirement, please visit www.rit.edu/studentaffairs/studenthealth/new-students/immunizations or contact the Student Health Center at (585)475-2255 or by e-mail at immunize@rit.edu. You can also check your immunization and compliance status by clicking the ‘portal’ link on the immunization website.

A key benefit of OGE is the support provided by the Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success, Rauncie Ryan and our Sr. Staff Specialist, Belinda Dunwoody both who are here to help make your time at RIT both successful and meaningful.  All of us look forward to hearing from you and are always available to discuss your needs, listen to your concerns and ideas and to hear about your successes during your time at RIT. Wishing you a wonderful academic year!

Sincerely,

Twyla J. Cummings, Ph.D.
Dean of Graduate Education
Rochester Institute of Technology
585-475-5567
tjcppr@rit.edu

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