Welcome to the RIT Graduate Student Online Orientation

Greetings RIT graduate students!

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the RIT family. We are here to kick off your graduate student online orientation. Welcome Tigers!

RIT is one of the top universities in the nation working at the intersection of technology, the arts, and design. We are a university that is shaping the future and improving the world through creativity and innovation. Thank you for selecting RIT for your graduate education experience.

Whether you are full-time, part-time, or an online graduate student, you will find valuable information and relevant resources presented in the following videos. These graduate orientation videos will be available to you for the duration of the semester for you to review at your own pace.

The dean of graduate education, Dr. Twyla Cummings, and her team have prepared a robust orientation program featuring partners from across campus who, you will discover, are ready and available to aid you in reaching your academic goals. 

As we continue to learn from these challenging times, we are committed to continuing to take the steps necessary to keep students safe, and we will work diligently to support your total well-being and academic success. As classes begin, you will find that many caring hands from across campus have been eagerly preparing for your arrival—the start of your journey as an RIT Tiger. 

I am proud of what we already have accomplished together in preparation for your first semester at RIT and I look forward to seeing you on campus, or Zoom, or wherever our paths might cross.

Once again, welcome to the RIT family.

Go Tigers!

David Munson
President, RIT

Welcome from RIT Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ellen Granberg


Read More About Dr. Ellen Granberg



Welcome from RIT Associate Provost and Dean of Graduate Education, Dr. Twyla J. Cummings PhD



In this section, Dr. Cummings shares information on what graduate education at RIT has to offer. 

Read More About Dr. Twyla Cummings



Introduction to Graduate Education by Assistant Dean of Graduate Student Success, Rauncie Reynolds




This section contains Information on the reimbursement program, graduate education week, workshops, and events. 

Read More About the Research & Creativity Reimbursement Program



Welcome from your Graduate Senator, Sri Charitha Velamuri



Learn More About RIT Student Government



Introduction to the Doctoral Student Association (DSA)


DSA is a multidisciplinary Doctoral Students association at RIT, striving to create a collaborative environment.  This organization will serve as a resource for PhD students where they can collaborate to produce high quality journal publications and conference presentations in a friendly and encouraging environment. They also work to provide information about professional and social activities to help produce well rounded graduate students. All doctoral students are welcome to join.

Visit DSA on Campus Groups to Join or for More Information

Introduction to the Graduate Student Advisory Council (GSAC)


The Graduate Student Advisory Council is a self-formed student body that represents and supports the interests of current and future graduate students at RIT through scholarly activities and by providing leadership, service, and social opportunities.  All graduate students are welcome to join.


Visit Our Facebook Page for More Information or to Join

RIT Toastmasters Club - "Tiger Tales"


"Tiger Tales" is a Toastmasters International club, founded at RIT in 2014. Toastmasters International is a nonprofit, educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations.  We offer a program of communication and leadership projects designed to help men and women learn the art of speaking, listening and thinking.

Visit Tigertales.toastmastersclub.org for More Information


Introduction to Library Resources for Graduate Students Presented by Roman Koshykar, RIT Libraries Graduate Services Coordinator


This workshop will provide graduate students with information that is helpful for research. Roman Koshykar, RIT Libraries Graduate Services Coordinator, will demonstrate the most useful research sources you will need to rely on for your thesis research and will be available to answer all of your questions about the library’s services. Recommended to all graduate students; highly recommended to graduate students beginning their studies at RIT.

Visit the RIT Libraries Information & Services for Graduate Students Page


RIT Ombuds Office Presented by Joe Johnston, Ombudsperson and Ashley Meyer, Associate Ombudsperson


The RIT Ombuds office remains committed to assisting members of the RIT community with any conflicts or issues they may be having, especially in our current situation. This office is a safe and confidential place for students, faculty and staff and are available for video conference or phone call at this time. 

Connect With the Ombuds Office


Information on Graduate Student Employment Presented by Rachel Nemeth, Associate Director, Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education


Whether you are looking for your first on-campus job or interested in a new area at RIT, the Student Employment office is here to grow your work experience right on campus.

Visit the Student Employment Office Website for More Details

Off Campus and Commuter Services Presented by Shawna Lusk, Senior Associate Director of the Center for Campus Life


Find More Information on Cummuter Services


Sponsored Research Services Presented by Charles Bush




If you have further questions not addressed by the material provided or for one on one zoom appointments with graduate education leadership, email gradstudies@rit.edu.

A special thank you to RIT graduate student, Cyril Weerasooriya, for creating all the orientation videos. We truly appreciate you!

Music for all videos provided by: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music.