Safety and Security

To ensure the highest level of safety and security, ALL persons, guests and graduates, entering the ceremony locations will be subject to security screening including metal detection gates and inspection of all bags.

To expedite the screening process, be aware that all objects made of metal must be removed from pockets and placed in a bin for inspection. If possible, avoid bringing metal objects to ceremonies. No bags or backpacks will be permitted. Only small purses will be allowed in.  

 Prohibited items

  • Air horns, balls, beach balls, laser pointers, noise makers, inflatables, alcohol and helium filled balloons. (Balloons can trip the Laser Beam Smoke Detection System and result in building evacuation.)
  • Firearms, explosives, fireworks, sparklers
  • No weapons (including knives of any kind, style or purpose) will be permitted in the venue.
  • Bags and backpacks will not be permitted.


Service dogs are the only animals permitted inside of Commencement Weekend venues.


RIT is a tobacco-restricted university. Use of tobacco products is restricted to designated areas shown on this map. The smoking area behind and between the Schmitt Interfaith (SMT) and the August Student Health (AUG) Centers is closest to the ceremony locations (Gordon Field House and Gene Polisseni Center).

 Lost Items

For lost items, please check the ticket booth in the main lobby of the Gordon Field House and Activities Center and at Guest Services at the Gene Polisseni Center. All items will be taken to Public Safety in Grace Watson Hall (GWH) at the end of each day. Call 585-475-2853 for assistance. The Public Safety Dispatcher will take your information and contact you if the item is found.

 Emergency Situations

The RIT Public Safety emergency number is 585-475-3333 (v/tdd) or text (585) 205-8333

Call boxes indicated by blue lights are located across the campus. If you need assistance of any type, please open the box and push the red button. You will be immediately connected with an RIT Public Safety dispatcher.

To receive important updates (safety, weather, traffic, emergency alerts from RIT, etc.) throughout Commencement Weekend, Text RITGRAD to 888777. Your subscription is anonymous, and you will automatically be unsubscribed from the service at the end of the weekend. You can unsubscribe at any time by replying STOP.