Parking and Shuttle Bus Service

Commencement Weekend 2024

Ceremonies are held in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center (labeled GOR on the map) and the Gene Polisseni Center (labeled POL). You can view an interactive map which shows the location of RIT parking lots and ceremony locations. RIT Public Safety staff will direct you to parking areas.

College receptions and other special events are located across the campus. Check with your graduate for specific college event information.

Accessible/Disabled Parking

Accessible/disabled parking will be available in both D and U lots.  D lot is the primarily lot for those attending ceremonies in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center (GOR), and U lot is the primary lot for those attending ceremonies in the Gene Polisseni Center (POL).  To enable us to best serve your needs, please submit our Accessible Parking Request Form before May 1st (even if you have a disabled parking permit). A limited number of golf carts operated by staff will be available to help elderly guests and others needing mobility assistance. This is a limited service and we ask that guests not requiring extra assistance please respect the needs of those that do. For safety reasons, carts will not take on passengers until crowds have cleared the building entrances after ceremonies. Please be aware that you may have to wait for up to 15 minutes for a mobility cart immediately prior to and after the Academic Convocation and college ceremonies when demand is at its highest. We suggest you wait at your seat for the crowd to clear. Thank you for your patience.

Shuttle Bus Service from Parking Lots

Special Commencement shuttle bus service will be available Friday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday, 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. to transport guests from parking lots to the Academic Convocation, Ph.D. Hooding ceremony and college ceremonies. All RIT buses meet ADA regulations for those with mobility needs and can board passengers in wheelchairs.

Commencement shuttles will run on a continuous loop with stops in these locations:

  • North Loop: Parking lots E, F, G, H and J to the Gordon Field House (GOR).
  • South Loop:  Parking Lot S to the Gene Polisseni Center (POL)
  • North/South Loop: Parking lots E, F, G, H, J and S to the Gene Polisseni Center (POL)
  • To assist you in finding your car at the end of the day, please note your parking lot letter.

Shuttle Bus Service from RIT Apartments for Student/Graduates

RIT shuttle service will run a limited schedule to the regular apartment routes Commencement Weekend. See schedule below or here.

To arrive at your ceremony on time, please check the bus schedule and allow extra travel time due to heavier than usual traffic on campus.

Route Start End
Off Campus Express 7:00 AM 11:00 PM
RIT Campus / Inn 7:00 AM 11:58 PM


For more information about parking and shuttle service during Convocation and Commencement, contact