Class of 2024

Congratulations to the College of Art and Design's newest graduates! As the Class of 2024 gets set to make its creative mark on the world, we celebrate its ingenuity and countless accomplishments.

Animation by Priscilla Nascimento '24 (3D digital design)



Total degrees to be conferred in 2024 across the College of Art and Design

List of graduates



Number of undergraduate candidates



Number of graduate candidates

Todd Jokl

Congratulations to the Class of 2024! I am so proud of your growth and resilience during your time here at RIT! When you first started your college journey, you had to navigate your way through a time of great uncertainty as the world battled a pandemic.

You faced the unexpected head-on and created personal and professional connections, celebrated successes and milestones, and hopefully made memories that will last a lifetime. I am always amazed to learn about how our alumni are out in the world making an impact! And you are officially joining the ranks of our incredible College of Art and Design alumni. I look forward to what is next for all of you. Go Tigers!

Todd Jokl
College of Art and Design


Photos of the Convocation and Commencement ceremonies (hover over image for credit)


Sophia Scaravilla headshot.

Sophia Scaravillo (undergraduate)

Sophia is graduating with a BFA in photographic imaging arts with a concentration in advertising photography. A photographer and production designer, their passion for photography became a way of exploration of how they process themself and the world around them. Sophia was given the honor of co-producing the Vignelli Center for Design Studies' Beyond Fashion show at RIT, gaining valuable industry experience. They have been brought on as a production designer on multiple films, notably the award-winning short film, Pyggie, that has entered the international film circuit.

Diane Lee headshot.

Diane Catsburrow Linnet (graduate)

Diane will be graduating with an MFA in film and animation with a concentration in 2D animation. She earned her BA in studio art at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania. A storyteller, filmmaker, and animator, she strives to tell stories about people. She has worked as an animation intern at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, and as a contract animator for Cartuna in Brooklyn. At RIT, Diane wears many hats: she is the producer of AniMAGIC, where she manages student productions of client projects, a graduate teaching assistant to classes and workshops, and was a concept artist for the multi-year game development project, That Damn Goat. Her most recent film production Tadpole — an immersive animated short — took her to film festivals in the UK and South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. In her non-spare time, she enjoys journaling these vibrant adventures in her biweekly Instagram cartoons.

Keynote Speaker

Alumna and prominent designer Patricia Moore '74 was RIT’s 2024 Academic Convocation and College of Art and Design Commencement keynote speaker! She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

Bright Futures


An ad design of a royal character next to a bottle of perfume.

Kyra Allen (advertising photography) and Char Miller (graphic design)

Dylan Bennish headshot.

Dylan Bennish (electrical engineering)

Jackie Drozd and Bari Hayden laugh as they get their portrait taken.

Jackie Drozd (graphic design and illustration) and Bari Hayden (graphic design)

A diptych of Quinn Freidenburg singing, next to a photo of space.

Quinn Freidenburg (photojournalism)

A collage of typographic projects by RIT faculty and students.

Honey Gardharia, Phoebe Huey and Ipek Koprululu (visual communication design)

Amanda Giglia accepts an award on stage.

Amanda Giglia (visual arts-all grades)

Emma Herz in the ceramics studio.

Emma Herz Thakur (ceramics and illustration)

Nathan Irving headshot.

Nathan Irving (motion picture science)

Kat Kauffman leads an artist demo in Bevier Gallery.

Kat Kauffman (fine arts studio)

Athena Lemon speaks at a podium.

Athena Lemon (School of Individualized Study)

Diane Catsburrow Linnet in front of a SXSW backdrop.

Diane Catsburrow Linnet (film and animation)

A 3D design representing NASA's Psyche mission.

Paige Manley (3D digital design)

Spider Martins leads a performance in the glass hot shop.

Spider Martins (glass)


A student donning regalia at a commencement ceremony.

Get Social

Share your decorated caps and commencement moments on social using #RITartdesigngrad and #RITgrad

Tiger Wisdom

Alumni share their words of encouragement for RIT's newest graduates

A student takes a selfie with faculty Juan Carlos Caballero-Perez

Picture Perfect

Capture the excitement of graduation by taking photos at hand-picked campus locations

Spring Exhibitions

Each spring, RIT's galleries and other locations showcase thesis and capstone work by graduating students across the College of Art and Design's wide portfolio of undergraduate and graduate programs. Below is a collection of highlights from some of the exhibitions and screenings! *Hover over an image for photo credit.*  


Faculty, students and staff across RIT are annually recognized for their outstanding efforts in and out of the classroom with awards from the Office of the Provost. Additionally, the College of Art and Design gives out end-of-year awards. This year's honorees were:

Hye-Jin Nae sits on a chair in a photo studio.

Eisenhart Award for Outstanding Teaching

Hye-Jin Nae
Associate Professor, School of Design

An individualized approach to teaching earned Nae RIT's highest honor for tenured faculty.

Learn more

Michael Amy portrait.

Distinguished Professor

Michaël Amy
School of Art

The Distinguished Professor designation is the highest academic title at RIT and is given to faculty who have exhibited a record of sustained excellence over the course of their careers. 

Paige Smith headshot.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Paige Smith
Industrial Design MFA

Awarded annually to an MFA, MS or MST candidate in the College of Art and Design.

Sharon Kompalla-Porter headshot.

Staff Recognition Award

Sharon Kompalla-Porter
Assistant Dean for Student Services

The award recognizes a College of Art and Design staff member for their outstanding contributions within the college and RIT campus community.

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel holds a book in a library.

Edline M. Chun Award

Amelia Hugill-Fontanel
Associate Curator, Cary Graphic Arts Collection

The Edline M. Chun Award for Outstanding Teaching and Service recognizes an adjunct faculty member who has shown excellence in teaching and provided exemplary service to their affiliated school and the college.

Atia Newman headshot.

Romano Prize

Atia Newman
Associate Professor, School of Film and Animation

The Frank J. Romano Prize for Publishing Entrepreneurship is given to a College of Art and Design faculty member/team who works with students to create innovative publications using new technologies and/or workflows.

Christine Banna and Piper Charron pose next to each other.

Pfizenmaier Award

Piper Charron
Animation student
Christine Banna (mentor)
Senior Lecturer, School of Film and Animation

The Irene Pfizenmaier Award for Excellence in Graphic Expression is given each year to a student recipient, who selects a faculty mentor to share the honor with.

Photo by Clara Riedlinger

Amy Adrion headshot.

Gitner Family Prize

Amy Adrion
Assistant Professor, School of Film and Animation

The award is given to a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in an area related to graphic communication who has been judged to have made an outstanding contribution to their profession.

Clay Patrick McBridge portrait.

Thumbtack Award

Clay Patrick McBride
Senior Lecturer, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences

The new award recognizes efforts, big or small and against all odds, by College of Art and Design faculty and staff.

Tiree Walker headshot.

Thumbtack Award

Tiree Walker
Manager, Fab Lab

The new award recognizes efforts, big or small and against all odds, by College of Art and Design faculty and staff.


Tom Gasek headshot.

Tom Gasek

Professor, School of Film and Animation

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Mary Lavender

Senior Staff Assistant, School of Photographic Arts and Sciences

Steve Scherer headshot.

Stephen Scherer

Lecturer, School of Design