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What to Wear (Students and Guests)

Most students elect to wear business or business casual attire to this event (such as you would wear to an interview or nice restaurant.) Please do not feel obligated to purchase new clothing for this event.seated students

What to Wear (Faculty)

Academic regalia is not required for faculty. Most faculty elect to wear business or business casual attire to this event.

How do I get to campus?

For directions to campus, as well as an interactive campus map, please visit the maps page on our admissions website.

Will the ceremonies be interpreted?

The ceremony is  American Sign Language interpreted. The Gordon Field House and Activities Center is equipped with an FM hearing assistance system.  Receivers will be available at the ticket office in the main lobby.

Safety and Security

Service dogs are the only animals permitted inside of the venue.

Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is not permitted in any of RIT’s facilities. Smoking is permitted on campus in the following areas: 

  • Eastside of Lyndon B. Johnson Hall
  • Outside Nathaniel Rochester Hall
  • Northeast of entrance to Gene Polisseni Center
  • East side of S Lot
  • East of Greek housing
  • South of Golisano Hall


Floor seating is reserved for scholars and faculty; guest seating is available in the bleachers. Please contact Dawn Murray  if you or a family member require special accommodations for wheelchairs or walkers.


Parking for students, guests and honored teachers is available in Lot D, northeast of the Gordon Field House. Disabled parking is available for those with a permit.d lot map

What time to arrive

Students, guests, and honored teachers should plan to arrive by 4:30 p.m. in order to participate in the pre-ceremony reception. Students and honored teachers must check in at the lower level entrance of the Gordon Field House. For those attending the ceremony only, plan to arrive no later than 5:15 (check-in for ceremony guests is not required).

Extra Guests

Scholars are provided 3 guests at no charge. For more information, please visit the Guests page. 

What if I was home schooled and want to nominate an honored teacher?

Home-schooled students may nominate a home-school educator, parent or relative that has played an important role in their home school education. Please submit the name of your home school educator you’d like to honor, and how you would like your home school name to appear in the program.  You may also nominate a community college teacher.

Is wi-fi available?

People without an RIT username can connect to the "RIT-Guest" wireless network. Open a Web browser and follow the on-screen prompts to get Internet access. Guests must have a phone number capable of receiving text messages in order to register (carrier text message rates may apply). RIT guest access prohibits access to some internal RIT network resources.Students, employees, and others with RIT computer accounts should continue to use the encrypted RIT wireless network. If you have any questions about guest wireless at RIT, please contact the ITS Service Desk at or 585-475-4357.


Walking up to a quarter mile may be required between buildings and parking lots for this event. Please wear comfortable shoes. 

Why can’t I nominate a professor from RIT as my honored teacher?

This event is designed to honor high school and community college teachers who have influenced the Scholar and the Scholar’s career.  There are other programs at RIT to recognize outstanding RIT faculty.

How will my honored teacher be acknowledged?

A certificate of appreciation and an acknowledgement from the Scholar will be presented during the dinner program.


For any other questions, please contact Dawn Murray at (585) 475-5334.