Academic Convocation

Friday, May 6, 2020, 10:00 AM -11:30 AM
Gordon Field House and Activities Center (GOR)

Kick off the weekend by attending the Academic Convocation!

The Academic Convocation celebrates the graduates from all RIT's colleges, and features:

  • A procession of the graduates wearing their caps and gowns
  • The official conferral of degrees by President Munson*
  • The 2022 Commencement Address by Kimberly Bryant
  • Remarks by the chair, RIT Board of Trustees
  • Remarks by RIT's undergraduate and graduate delegates
  • A rousing group recognition and celebration of all of RIT's graduates by college

*NOTE: Graduates do NOT walk across the stage at this event. They are individually recognized at their college or Ph.D. Hooding ceremony later on Friday or Saturday.

All graduates and their guests are invited to the Academic Convocation. Tickets are not required; however, seating is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow seating will be available in the Gene Polisseni Center, where the ceremony will be streamed live. You may also access the live stream via the Commencement website. The link for the live stream will be available on the day of the event.

Students and faculty will line up by college in the lower level of the Gordon Field House or Hale Andrews Student Life Center courts at 9:30am. Look for balloons that match your college color for your specific location.

2022 Commencement Speaker

Kimberly Bryant Headshot

Kimberly Bryant, founder and CEO of the non-profit organization Black Girls CODE, will be the keynote speaker for Rochester Institute of Technology’s Academic Convocation ceremony starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 6, in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center.

As founder of Black Girls CODE, Bryant focused the organization on “changing the face of technology” by introducing girls of color, ages 7-17, to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.

Prior to starting the non-profit, Bryant had a 20-year career in engineering and technical leadership in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries for several companies including Genentech, Merck, and Pfizer.

Since 2011, she has helped Black Girls CODE grow from a grassroots initiative to an international organization with 15 chapters across the United States and in South Africa. Black Girls CODE has reached more than 30,000 students and continues to thrive.

Bryant is a nationally recognized thought leader for her work to increase opportunities for women and girls in the technology industry and she has received numerous awards for her work. She was awarded the Jefferson Award for Community Service for her work to support communities in the Bay Area; she was named to Business Insider’s list of “The 25 Most Influential African Americans in Technology”; she was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People; and, in 2013, she was included in The Root 100 and the Ebony Power 100 lists.

In 2015, the White House honored her as a Champion of Change for her work in technology inclusion, and she received an Ingenuity Award in Social Progress from the Smithsonian Institution, among other awards and recognitions. She has also spoken nationally and internationally on diversity, equity, and inclusion at conferences.