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The RIT community is looking forward to celebrating the achievements of the Class of 2021. Commencement will be held on Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15, 2021. The format is pending due to New York State COVID-19 guidelines. Once any updates are available, we will post them on this site.

The Celebration of the Class of 2020 is a virtual conferring of degrees. While not intended to replace a traditional commencement, this celebration recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of the Class of 2020.


Total degrees to be conferred


RIT’s campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo are expected to award degrees to more than 550 students


Projected number of doctoral degrees to be conferred during the 2019-2020 academic year

Graduate Checklist

Applying for Graduation
Once a student is eligible to apply for graduation, the Office of the Registrar will send an email reminder each month to complete the application for graduation in SIS, and a notification will pop up on the student’s SIS account indicating they are eligible to apply for graduation. To access SIS, visit http://sis.rit.edu. Helpful SIS screen shots available here.


Edit your name on your diploma
Visit http://sis.rit.edu to edit how your name will appear on the diploma.

Update contact information for diploma delivery
Visit http://sis.rit.edu to change your permanent address or setup a special one for diploma delivery.

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Highlights from the Class of 2020

  • May 14, 2020

    Minecraft character posing next to photo of tiger statue.

    RIT students organize bonus graduation ceremony via Minecraft

    RIT’s Class of 2020 is getting a bonus opportunity after last week’s virtual conferral of degrees — a ceremony in the video game Minecraft that will allow them to virtually walk across the graduation stage, receive a diploma from “Minecraft Munson” and take a photo with the Tiger statue.

  • May 8, 2020

    student standing in front of huge jet engine.

    Record number of RIT students to graduate

    Friday’s celebration of the Class of 2020 certainly cannot replace the atmosphere of a traditional commencement, which RIT plans to host on campus when it’s deemed safe. But many of graduates say they won’t let the pandemic, or the circumstances surrounding the virtual celebration, define them or their feelings about their time at RIT. (Pictured: Bradley Speck, who will finish his classes online this summer, has a job waiting for him at GE Aviation in Cincinnati, where he completed four co-ops.)

  • May 8, 2020

    student standing with poster presentation.

    A record 29 students graduating from RIT’s HEOP program in 2020

    For more than 50 years, the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) has provided academic support, financial assistance, and advocacy for eligible students who would otherwise be excluded from higher education due to academic and economic disadvantage.

  • May 6, 2020

    student posing behind Shortsville, N.Y. ambulance.

    Biomedical sciences graduate balanced studies with emergency medicine

    Graduating senior and first responder Bryon Campbell spent his final semester at RIT on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic. A New York State Emergency Medical Technician and Certified Flight Paramedic, Campbell volunteered more than 35 hours per week with Shortsville Fire and Ambulance in Shortsville, N.Y.