Volunteers

Graduation is a special time for our graduates and their families. Your assistance during each ceremony is makes the event even more special. Thank you for taking the time to make this a memorable event for our graduates and their families.

Volunteer Registration

RIT Commencement Volunteer Registration Form

Please note: This form is for general volunteer assignments. Please register here only if you are volunteering in addition to assignments required by your college/unit.

Commencement Health & Safety Guidelines

 Please review these guidelines on the Commencement website. In brief, all persons, 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. Self-administered tests (including home tests) will not be accepted. 

These requirements also apply to RIT Faculty, Staff and Students who are volunteering for commencement. Showing your RIT SpiRIT Pass is the easiest and quickest form of proof. Persons who are vaccinated or show negative test will receive and orange bracelet that will allow them to enter the ceremony facilities on all days. You can get your bracelet at the tents located outside of the Gordon Field House or Gene Polisseni Center on May 6 & 7, but you are encouraged to get yours on May 4th or 5th if possible to avoid the crowds of guests on the 6th and 7th.

Obtaining Your Orange Bracelet

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

Date Time Location
Wed. 5/4 8am-1pm Polisseni Center
Thu. 5/5 8am-2pm Field House
Thu. 5/5 8am-5pm Campus Center Breezeway
Fri. 5/6 6am-6:30pm Tent at Gordon Field House
Fri. 5/6 7am-7pm Tent at Polisseni Center
Sat. 5/7 7am-4:30pm Tent at Gordon Field House
Sat. 5/7 7am-3:30pm Tent at Polisseni Center

Commencement Volunteer FAQ

Most volunteer positions require a 3-hour time commitment and involve standing and interacting with guests for the duration of the shift.

Volunteer by registering above. We are using a platform called CERVIS that enables us to communicate with volunteers more efficiently. You should receive a confirmation email with your volunteer assignment(s). If you do not receive confirmation, please send an email to graduation@rit.edu and include VOLUNTEER in the subject line. 

Volunteers may login to their account on the registration page and update their profile and/or assignment information at any time.

We are not holding in person training this year. Please download and read the appropriate training document for your role. If you have questions, please send an email to graduation@rit.edu and include VOLUNTEER in the subject line. 

Visit the Volunteer Hospitality Room | Field House Reception Room, 2nd floor overlooking the pool

  •  Friday: 12:30pm- 7:30pm | Lunch  | Hot dinner
  •  Saturday, 6:30am-5:00pm | Continental breakfast | Lunch Sandwich buffet
  •  Hot and cold beverages will be available at all times

Please contact graduation@rit.edu and include VOLUNTEER in the subject line.

Volunteer Training

There will not be any in person training this year. Please download and review the training document for your volunteer role(s).