RIT welcomes first-year students

Welcome activities await incoming students before classes begin Aug. 25

A. Sue Weisler

RIT is preparing to welcome an estimated 2,700 freshmen to its Henrietta campus on Aug. 19.

Rochester Institute of Technology is preparing to welcome an estimated 2,700 freshmen to its Henrietta campus on Tuesday, Aug. 19. The university also welcomes about 660 transfer students and 1,175 graduate students attending in the fall.

Students and their families will move into the residence halls, on the east side of campus, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 19. Parents are invited to stay and participate in some of Tuesday’s orientation activities, including the RIT Resource Fair in the Gordon Field House and Activities Center.

Students and their families will officially open the academic year during Convocation at 3:30 p.m. Aug. 20 in the Gordon Field House. The students will process during the annual Tiger Walk ceremony at 3 p.m., where faculty and staff line the walkway leading into the Field House to cheer and welcome them.

The Convocation for New Students and Families features an academic procession; recognition of faculty; and welcoming remarks by RIT President Bill Destler, new Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Sandra Johnson, and RIT Student Government President Ashley Carrington. Sean Hansen, assistant professor of management information systems in the Saunders College of Business and recipient of the 2013-2014 Richard and Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, will serve as keynote speaker.

RIT’s first day of classes is Monday, Aug. 25. For more information on this year’s RIT New Student Orientation, go to the RIT Orientation website.

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