Commencement Delegates 2021-2022

Each college selects one undergraduate student and may also select one graduate student to represent degree candidates from the college—students whose overall personal achievement demonstrates the ideals of RIT including, but not limited to, academic achievement.

College of Art and Design

Portrait of Siobhan Gannon.
Siobhan Gannon
Undergraduate Delegate

From Hudson, Massachusetts, Siobhan is graduating with a BFA in film and animation with minors in software engineering and 3D digital design. She also is member of the RIT Honors program and serves as a volunteer 3D modeler for PRESENCE VR, where she creates assets, helps with user testing, and collaborates with an RIT software engineering team to create a VR app for companies to interview art students. Her professional interests include shading, lighting, rendering, rigging, and modeling. Siobhan is the recipient of the RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award, Vicarious Visions In It Together Scholarship, NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Award, and was a 2016 Scholastic Art Award Honorable Mention. She is also the Metrohacks: Women 2018 Social Track Winner. She serves as vice president for RIT’s American Cancer Society On Campus.

Portrait of Selma Pena.
Selma Pena
Graduate Delegate

From Mexico City, Mexico, Selma is graduating with an MFA in film and animation. She is passionate about writing and coordinating animation projects. Her work includes serving as a production coordinator/writer at MAGIC Spell Studios, where she oversees teams of 3D artists, editors, sound composers, motion picture scientists, and animators; Moonbug Entertainment, where she assists in the implementation of the company’s Talent Tracker, a tool that interfaces with a database of potential employees and contractors, develops story, narration, and music ideas for properties including “Little Baby Bum,” “Digley and Dazey,” and “KiiYii;” co-founder/producer at PeAr Animation Studios, where she creates projects from initial concept to script, and completes key frames, music, and essential artwork; and creative manager for Univision Mexico (Televisa), where she managed a team of writers, artists, and musicians.

Saunders College of Business

Portrait of Ann-Katherine Candelori.
Ann-Katherine Candelori
Undergraduate Delegate

From Glastonbury, Connecticut, Ann-Katherine is graduating with a BS in management information systems with a minor in supply chain management. Ann-Katherine was the recipient of the RIT Presidential Scholarship, D & F Rutty Scholarship, 2020 Community Impact Awardee–Alfred L. and Ruby C. Davis Scholarship, and the Jack Shirman and Peter H. Sykes Endowed scholarships. She also was a two-time Grace Hopper Conference Scholarship Recipient. Ann-Katherine has been the chief academy officer of the Leadership Academy at Saunders and served as the planning committee chairwoman for RIT’s Women’s Leadership Summit. Following graduation, Ann-Katherine will join Cisco Systems, Inc. as a product management engineer in the Strategy and Planning–Customer Partner Experience Organization.

Portrait of Kelly Fidler.
Kelly Fidler
Graduate Delegates

From Irvine, California, Kelly is graduating with a master of business administration–executive MBA. Kelly leads global therapy awareness marketing strategy for at Edwards Lifesciences for their Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement business outside the USA, and she is involved in the development and execution of innovative programs to expand procedural adoption across physician and patient communities. In this global role, Kelly explores a multitude of strategic approaches to therapy awareness and patient access that are the best individual fit for the varied regional health care systems. A passionate sales and marketing leader with more than 25 years in health care diagnostics, device, and pharmaceutical industries, Kelly works hard to develop high-performing teams. She is a highly skilled presenter and storyteller who enjoys motivating audiences to change behavior through a healthy dose of humor and inspiration.

Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Portrait of Yanika Telus.
Yanika Telus
Undergraduate Delegate

From Westford, Massachusetts, Yankia is graduating with a BS in human-centered computing. Her co-op experience at SusArc technology allowed her to design and implement a user interface for a remote collaborative document sharing software. She participates in many multicultural clubs on campus including the Black Awareness Coordinating Committee, Organization of African Students, and the Caribbean Student Association, which has broadened her perspective on the ways technology and culture can be combined. As a first-generation Haitian American she is proud to represent her family’s heritage while graduating from a STEM program. Outside of class, she is a digital artist and avid lover of video games. After graduation, she looks forward to solving the more complex problems in life.

Portrait of Emily Lederman.
Emily Lederman
Graduate Delegate

From Morgantown, West Virginia, Emily is graduating with an MS in human computer interaction. She is the daughter of Chilean immigrants. Deaf since birth, Emily learned American Sign Language as an undergraduate computer science student at RIT/NTID. She worked extensively to create accessible experiences for the Deaf Jewish community. Accessibility in computing is the foundation of Emily’s educational and professional goals. For her capstone project, she researched the usability of closed captioning, a technology that millions of Deaf people rely on for access. She has accepted a position with Microsoft as a front-end developer. Emily hopes to leverage this opportunity to become a contributor of, and advocate for, accessibility for humans across the world.

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Portrait of Kaden Profit.
Kaden Profit
Undergraduate Delegate

From Portland, Oregon, Kaden is graduating with a BS degree microelectronic engineering. He has completed co-ops at Micron Technology, Inc., Northrop Grumman, and Texas Instruments. He will complete another co-op with Texas Instruments this summer. In his co-op experiences, Kaden worked as a process and integration engineer on memory, communication/aerospace, analog, and embedded semiconductor devices through photolithography and plasma etching. He is involved with the Microelectronic Engineering Student Association and mentors RIT students. After graduation, Kaden will pursue a master’s degree in RIT’s engineering management program before pursuing a career in the semiconductor industry.

Portrait of Hannah Dean.
Hannah Dean
Graduate Delegate

From Rochester, New York, Hannah is graduating with an MS in industrial and systems engineering. Hannah is currently working as a parts, materials, and processes engineer at L3Harris Corporation in Rochester, NY. Hannah is a critical and creative thinker who constantly demonstrates her engineering skills by proposing innovative solutions to challenging course projects. She is able to seamlessly integrate her course work with applications she encounters at L3Harris, and her degree will have an immediate impact with her employer.

College of Engineering Technology

Portrait of Oluwatosin Femi-Lawal.
Oluwatosin Femi-Lawal
Undergraduate Delegate

From Lagos, Nigeria, Oluwatosin is graduating with a BS in civil engineering technology. In his first year, he gained field experience working in the construction industry, which served as a gateway experience for his interest in the on-site aspect of the industry. His work included plotting data onto AutoCAD and drafting a representation of the existing road conditions to later plot a proposed sidewalk remodel design. At RIT, Oluwatosin is involved in the Organization of African Students Fashion Showcase, where he shared the beauty of his African heritage. He is the recipient of the 2020-21 Outstanding Scholar Award and served as a 2020-21 RIT Eisenhart Teaching Award Committee Student Representative, President Munson Roundtable Student Panelist, Senator of the National Society of Black Engineers, and Imagine RIT Exhibitor, to name a few.

Portrait of Allison McClain.
Allison McClain
Graduate Delegate

From Denver, Colorado, Allison is graduating with an MS in environmental health and safety management. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Student Scholar Award, Women in Safety Scholarship from the National Safety Council, and the Outstanding Environmental Scholar Award from Air and Waste Management Association. She was accepted to Phi Kappa Phi and was on the RIT Dean’s List. During the Urban Poverty course, where students went to The House of Mercy, a homeless shelter in downtown Rochester, Allison began lending her support to the organization and to other organizations in the community. Allison has accepted a position with Evonik as a rotational environmental health and safety specialist.

College of Health Sciences and Technology

Portrait of Maduka Gunasinghe.
Maduka Gunasinghe
Undergraduate Delegate

From Rochester, New York, Maduka is graduating with a BS in biomedical sciences. He is a member of the RIT Honors program. Maduka is president of the Health Sciences and Technology Student Association, chair of Special Projects in the RIT Honors program, and a teaching assistant for numerous RIT courses. Maduka volunteers at Friends of Strong and the Sri Lanka America Association of Rochester. He completed an internship as a health coach through the Greater Rochester Independent Practice Association. He is the recipient of the 2021-22 Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award and the 2022 Bruce R. James Distinguished Public Service Award. After graduation, Maduka will attend medical school.

Portrait of Xian Boles.
Xian Boles
Graduate Delegate

From Midland, Michigan, Xian is graduating with an MFA in medical illustration. She collaborated with researchers to create 2D and 3D Illustrations and animations for various journals, conference presentations, and other educational media. Xian was a graduate assistant, a research assistant, and completed internships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Boston University. In these roles, Xian created educational illustrations and animations for surgeons for use in publication, symposiums, and other educational media, and held meetings with medical professionals and mentors. She is a student member of the Association of Medical Illustrators.

School of Individualized Study

Portrait of Harrison Canning.
Harrison Canning
Undergraduate Delegate

From West Granby, Connecticut, Harrison is graduating with a BS in applied arts and sciences with concentrations in business, design, and neuroscience. He founded the Neurotechnology Exploration Team, a multidisciplinary student-run research organization that builds assistive brain-computer interface devices, and BCI Guys LLC, a media company that produces digestible neurotechnology content. He was a member of the School of Individualized Study Student Council and a Gap Year Fellow. After graduation, Harrison plans to continue his work as a neurotechnology communicator/ educator with BCI Guys and is interested in developing a company that builds software environments for researchers.

Portrait of Marie Gillum.
Marie Gillum
Graduate Delegate

From Hilton, New York, Marie is graduating with an MS in professional studies. Gillum is the assistant director in RIT’s Office of Faculty Diversity and Recruitment. Previously, she served as an associate interpreter in the Department of Access Services. She began her interpreting career with the Department of Access Services following her acceptance in the Apprenticeship Program. Marie also worked as a preceptor for NTID’s Randleman Program, where she assisted in recruiting and mentoring BIPOC ASL interpreters. Marie is a member of the Diversity Outreach Committee, which plans and organizes diversity-based presentations to more than 100 staff interpreters annually. She received her bachelor’s degree in signed language interpreting from the University of New Mexico. She also has a background in nursing.

College of Liberal Arts

Portrait of Anika Griffiths.
Anika Griffiths
Undergraduate Delegate

From Miami, Florida, Anika is graduating with a BS in sociology and anthropology. Anika’s field experience includes an internship with the Commission on Racial and Structural Equity, examining systemic and institutional racial inequalities; and work as an AmeriCorps Vista and Urban Fellow, developing academic and emotional resources for students at Rochester Prep Charter School. Anika was a research assistant for the college’s Department of Student Affairs, an RIT Student Government Women’s Senator, and has written for RIT’s Reporter magazine. After graduation, Anika plans to work within the Rochester community to further develop her experience before continuing with her education with a master’s degree in public health.

Portrait of Benedicte Adair.
Benedicte Adair
Graduate Delegate

From Portland, Oregon, Benedicte is graduating with an MS in science, technology, and public policy. Her field and co-op experiences include analyzing environmental audit concerns, factors affecting product line capacity constraints, and conference-displayed research into piezoelectric sustainable technology. Benedicte has been an RIT research assistant in physics and public policy and was a recipient of the Kearse Undergraduate Writing Award. She also is a member of the Grand Challenge Scholars Honors Program. Benedicte has accepted a position as a process engineer with Materion Corporation, a multinational company specializing in high-performance engineered materials.

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

Portrait of Maameyaa Asiamah.
Maameyaa Asiamah
Undergraduate Delegate

From Fairfax, Virginia, Maameyaa is graduating with an AAS in laboratory science technology. In the summer 2021, she successfully completed a research experience in computational chemistry at James Madison University where she studied the formation of atmospheric methanol clusters and their possible link to global warming. As part of her research, she won first place in her research program’s elevator pitch competition. She is a native ASL signer and she serves in the NTID Department of Access Services as an ASL consultant. Maameyaa is also a research assistant in NTID’s Deaf Health Lab. She served as president of Hands of Fire, secretary of the Asian Deaf Club, and was a member of the Randleman Program, working with interpreters who are people of color. Maameyaa will continue her studies at RIT in the biochemistry BS program.

Portrait of Lia Horyczun.
Lia Horyczun
Graduate Delegate

From Trumbull, Connecticut, Lia is graduating with an MS in secondary education of students who are deaf or hard of hearing. She was a student-teacher at The Learning Center for The Deaf in Framingham, MA, where she taught English Language Arts in grades 9 through 12. She serves as a teacher’s assistant for RIT/ NTID’s Development English course and at Margaret’s House, RIT’s on-campus day care. She also was an undergraduate research assistant, peer advisor for incoming first-year students, and a New Student Orientation Leader. She worked and studied abroad in Italy, researching similarities and differences between the American and Italian deaf communities. She participated in the RIT Honors Program’s Puerto Rico Natural Disaster Relief Trip and Alternative Spring Break.

College of Science

Portrait of Quinn Kolt.
Quinn Kolt
Undergraduate Delegate

From Solon, Ohio, Quinn is graduating with a BS in applied mathematics and computer science with a minor in applied statistics and an immersion in psychology. They are a member of the RIT Honors program, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, and Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Society. Quinn was a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar, RIT School of Mathematical Sciences Fortnight Problems Fellow, John Wiley Jones Outstanding Student in Science, and an RIT Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar. Quinn led RIT's transgender and nonbinary support group and tutored for the Higher Education Opportunity Program and Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program. Throughout their undergraduate studies, Quinn researched inverse problems, fusion categories, and pure probability theory. After graduation, they will pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics, with plans to become a professor and help students learn about themselves and their passions.

Portrait of Rema Amawi.
Rema Amawi
Graduate Delegate

From Safad, Palestine, Rema is graduating with a Ph.D. in color science. Her dissertation was on the Effects of Pill Colors on Human Perception and Expectation of Drugs’ Efficacy. In 2015, Rema began her RIT career at RIT Dubai as a faculty member teaching chemistry and biology. She continued her responsibilities as a full-time faculty member, expanding RIT Dubai’s science offerings (courses and labs), while completing her doctorate degree online and in-person at RIT’s main campus in Rochester, NY. She is the first RIT doctoral student to graduate with primary residency at the RIT Dubai campus. She earned her BS degree in biochemistry from Wichita State University and a postgraduate degree in inorganic chemistry from Baylor University. Rema looks forward to continuing her career at RIT Dubai with research interests in the effects of color in the pharmaceutical industry, and the chemical screening and identification of compounds obtained from natural resources.

Golisano Institute for Sustainability

Portrait of Diana Rodriguez Alberto.
Diana Rodriguez Alberto

From Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Diana is graduating with her Ph.D. in sustainability. Her research includes technological innovations for food waste management. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry at the Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo and a master of science degree in chemistry from RIT. She mentors high school students as well as students pursuing their undergraduate and graduate degrees. After graduation, Diane will begin a postdoctoral position at RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability as part of a new multi-university project funded by the National Science Foundation.

RIT China

Portrait of Jiayu Li.
Jiayu Li

From Weihai, China, Jiayu Li is graduating with a BS in management information systems from RIT China. She is the RIT China representative for the 2021 and 2022 graduating classes. Jiayu completed internships in Ernst & Young Global Limited, IBM, and Digital China. At RIT China, Jiayu served as a vice president and academic director of the International Communication Association and was a team leader of the Model Apec school team. She also participated in the establishment of a student/staff committee at RIT China, bridging the gap between the students and professors. After graduation, Jiayu plans to pursue a master’s degree in business analytics at Washington University in St. Louis and plans to become a professional consultant.

RIT Croatia

Portrait of Filip Stanišić.
Filip Stanišić

From Podgorica, Montenegro, Stanišić is graduating with a BS in hospitality and tourism management. Filip is the recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award. At RIT Croatia, Filip was a teaching assistant for College Algebra, Introduction to Statistics 1 and 2, Financial Accounting, and Strategic Financial Analysis. He also served as a co-moderator of a panel discussion at the Career Education Day and helped in the development of the hotel and F&B simulations. Filip is completing internships at Porto Montenegro, where he worked as an innovation center coordinator; HTP Korǒula Port 9 Hotel, where he was a hotel manager assistant; and Zizoo, which he was a partner success intern.

RIT Dubai

Portrait of Kriz George.
Kriz George

From Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Kriz is graduating with a BS in mechanical engineering. Kriz served in various positions in the RIT Dubai Student Government, including being elected vice president. He was also active in several clubs including the Music Club, where he performed and taught the violin. He was a founding member of the Drama Club and also served as president of the Improv/ Comedy Club. Kriz has represented RIT as a competitor in several poetry and music competitions and in the Formula SAE competition, where he is currently part of the powertrain and cooling team. Kriz plans on pursuing a career in STEM education while further developing his knowledge of the mechanical engineering field.

RIT Kosovo

Portrait of Erzë Ahmeti.
Erzë Ahmeti

From Prishtina, Kosovo, Erzë is graduating with a BS in applied arts and sciences with concentrations in web and mobile computing, management, and entrepreneurship and an immersion in economics. She is a 2022 recipient of the Outstanding Undergraduate Scholar Award and a member of the RIT chapter of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She is also an RIT Kosovo Honors Program student for the 2021-22 academic year. Erzë served as president and generation representative of the RIT Kosovo Charity Club and was a member of numerous other student clubs. Erzë worked as a peer tutor in the Academic Support Center, a work-study student in the Academic Affairs Office, and a student team leader in the student-run Interdisciplinary Allied Health Digital Practice Centre. Erzë completed an internship at Selmans Network as a UI designer and is currently completing an internship at The Hyperactive as an IT manager. After graduation, Erzë plans to pursue a master’s degree in software development, IT management, quality assurance, or data science.