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The Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Awards

March 19, 2020

Reception (open to public)  4:30 p.m.
Ceremony (open to public) 5:30 p.m
Dinner (Invitation only) 7 p.m.

Gordon Field House and Activities Center
One Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rochester, N.Y. 14623

Since 1976, RIT has honored the top 1% of undergraduate students that are able to maintain a high standard of academic excellence while also giving back to their community through civic or volunteer work, conducting research, or being engaged in co-op or work in their field of study. This event celebrates our Outstanding Undergraduate Scholars, and also gives them an opportunity to acknowledge a past teacher or professor that has had a significant impact on their academic career.

This event will be live streamed (open captioned) via the Ustream video streaming platform beginning at 5:30 p.m on March 19.  It is available via browser and on the Ustream app, available for both Android and iOS mobile devices. After downloading, search “RIT Events” to find the stream.

Event Details


A reception for students, guests and honored teachers begins at 4:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Gordon Field House. Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Near the end of the reception, scholars will be called for lineup to coordinate entry into the ceremony. The reception is free and open to the all.


The award ceremony, where students receive their medallions, begins at 5:30 in the lower level of the Gordon Field House (adjacent to the reception area.) The president and provost will speak, and the deans of each college and the School of Individualized Study will be introduced. The provost will introduce the Scholars by college. Each scholar will cross the stage, receive a medallion and be greeted off stage by faculty and staff. This event is free and open to the RIT community.

Dinner and Recognition of Honored Teachers (Invitation only)

Immediately following the ceremony, scholars, honored teachers and invited guests will move to the adjacent dining area for a celebratory dinner.  During the dinner, the provost will acknowledge each of the honored teachers present by reading a brief statement submitted by the scholar. The honored teachers will be presented with a framed certificate as well as a copy of the nomination submitted by the scholar.

RSVPs required, walk-ins cannot be accommodated at this event.

Check-in Details

Students, guests, and honored teachers should check in at the lower level of the Gordon Field House to receive table information (for those invited to dinner) and instructions for guests.

Parking is reserved for OUS guests and teachers in Lot D.

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