Veterans Day Breakfast

RIT's 11th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast

Friday, November 11th 2022

8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

RIT Gordon Fieldhouse

Held on Veterans Day each November, it is free and open to the entire community. It is our “salute” to veterans and their families, our way of saying thank you for your service, thank you for your sacrifice.

Dr. Barry Culhane, RIT Retiree and Vietnam-era veteran has said, “The breakfast is a way to acknowledge the service of all veterans affiliated with RIT and special guests from the Greater Rochester community who work to serve veterans and their families every day.”


Keynote Speaker

Chad van Gorder, Inaugural Director of Veteran Student Success, Academic Affairs  is a native of Utica, N.Y., Van Gorder served in the Army for 21 years and was stationed in Ft. Bragg, N.C.; Ft. Campbell, Ky.; Camp Greaves, Korea; Ft. Jackson, S.C.; and Ft. Drum, N.Y. He was deployed in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, and he retired in 2014 as First Sergeant.

Prior to coming to RIT this semester, Van Gorder was director of operations for EquiCenter in Mendon, N.Y., which offered therapy for individuals with physical and intellectual disabilities through equestrian and horticulture opportunities.


Service after Service Award is given annually at the Veterans Day Breakfast to a veteran who has demonstrated a steadfast commitment of service to others following their military service.

Veterans Upward Bound Resiliency Award is given annually to a graduate of the VUB program who has demonstrated perseverance, overcoming obstacles while making meaningful impacts in their education and on others in the community.