Updated Health and Safety Requirements

With thousands expected on campus, we are taking steps to ensure a safe environment for all attending.

All guests will be asked to comply with these Commencement Health and Safety Guidelines, which include masking in specific facilities and on RIT Shuttles and providing proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR a COVID-19 negative test result.

Arrival and Admission

We recommend that guests arrive at least two hours prior to the start of the Academic Convocation and 90 minutes prior to the start of a college ceremony. Security checks will be conducted at the Gordon Field House and Activities Center and the Gene Polisseni Center along with confirmation of proof of vaccination/negative test. Please allow additional time if guests have mobility/physical disabilities.

After vaccination/testing documentation has been verified, graduates, faculty, staff, and guests will receive an orange wristband. Graduates, faculty, staff, and guests will need to show the orange wristband to be admitted to ceremonies in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center, the Gene Polisseni Center, Ingle Auditorium, and Clark Gymnasium. If you lose your orange wristband, you will need to show your documentation to get another one.

Opportunity to Show Vaccine or Covid Test Documents and Get Bracelet to Enter Ceremony Locations

Date Time Location

Thu. 5/5

8am-5pm

Campus Center (CPC) Breezeway

Fri. 5/6

6am-6:30pm

Tent at Gordon Field House (GOR)

Fri. 5/6

7am-7pm

Tent at Polisseni Center (POL)

Sat. 5/7

7am-4:30pm

Tent at Gordon Field House

Sat. 5/7

7am-3:30pm

Tent at Polisseni Center

Mask Requirements

RIT is requiring masks at all commencement ceremonies that take place in the Gordon Field House, Gene Polisseni Center, Ingle Auditorium, and Clark Gymnasium. In these locations, students walking across the stage will be able to remove their masks for photographs when accepting their diplomas. Masks will not be required in other venues or outdoor areas.

  • All guests and ceremony participants are strongly encouraged to wear N95 or KN95 masks. Masks will be available at each ceremony location.
  • Receptions are open events and attendance is optional. N95 or K95 masks are strongly recommended if indoors when not eating or drinking.
  • Masks will continue to be required on contracted RIT transportation, including RIT shuttles, buses, and vans.
A sign language interpreted translation of this information is available

COVID-19 Vaccination/Test Requirements

All guests, ages 5 and over, will need to provide proof of vaccination OR a negative COVID test result (PCR or antigen) within 72 hours of commencement or special recognition ceremonies held in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center, the Gene Polisseni Center, Ingle Auditorium, and the Clark Gymnasium. Boosters are NOT required.

  • Acceptable tests are PCR or antigen tests or any type of test performed at an accredited lab/clinic/pharmacy/health care site. Home tests are NOT accepted. Acceptable documentation includes:
    • Paper or electronic copy of the test results from an accredited lab/clinic/pharmacy/health care site.
    • Results must include:
      • The state where the test was performed.
      • The person’s date of birth.
      • The state’s PCR or antigen test.
      • The results reporting the person is COVID negative or not detected.
      • Test taken within 72 hours of event.
  • Self-administered tests (including home tests) will not be accepted. 
  • No tests will be performed on campus.
  • A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving all recommended doses in the primary series of their COVID-19 vaccination. Moderna and Pfizer require two shots; Johnson & Johnson requires one shot. 
  • RIT's acceptable vaccines include those approved for use in the U.S., accepted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, or approved by the World Health Organization.
  • RIT READY COVID-19 Vaccine and Booster website provides information on acceptable vaccinations and where to get a COVID test if guests are unable to get one prior to coming Rochester. We strongly encourage those who are traveling to get their test prior to their travel.
  • Acceptable vaccination documentation includes:
    • a vaccination card (or copy or photo of it) with a photo ID.
    • NYS Excelsior or other state issued pass
    • Vaccine passport
    • RIT SpiRIT pass (for RIT graduates, faculty and staff only)
  • Allow additional time for COVID-19 documentation and security checks. We recommend that guests arrive at least two hours prior to the start of the Academic Convocation and 90 minutes prior to the start of a college ceremony. Please allow additional time if guests have mobility/physical disabilities.
  • Guests are responsible for obtaining a health care site administered test within 72 hours of the event they are attending on campus. 
    • Costs related to the tests are the responsibility of the guest(s).  
    • RIT is not responsible if test results are not available in a timely manner from the test provider.
    • If not vaccinated, negative tests results are required for entry. No exemptions are permitted.