News and Deadlines
Congratulations to the parents of students graduating this weekend! For any last-minute questions, please refer to the Commencement website.
For parents of students who have not yet moved out of RIT housing, a reminder that housing contracts end on Saturday and students must move out by 10 a.m. Graduating students and students working Commencement must move out by Sunday at noon. Please visit the End of Year Closing website for information about checking out of housing.
Parents of Incoming Students
Welcome to RIT! I’m happy that you have found your way to the Parent Newsletter. As the parent of an incoming student, you will also be receiving communications throughout the summer to help prepare you—and your student—for life at RIT. Keep an eye on your inbox for emails from the Parent & Family Programs office beginning in June. In the meantime, save the date for Move-in and Family Orientation—August 20-21. You can see the preliminary schedule on the Family Orientation website.
Living with Your Student Over the Summer
If your student is returning home for the summer, you are likely experiencing mixed feelings. You are excited to spend time with them, but you know your student has grown and changed in their time at RIT. But it’s not just your student who has changed—the family and the household will feel very different to your Tiger. Remember that you and your student will have different expectations for the summer; it is necessary to communicate and negotiate household rules and expectations. Here are a few things to remember as your student returns home:
- Discuss your plans for the first week prior to the return. After exams, packing up rooms/apartments, and saying goodbye to friends, students will be exhausted. They may prefer a couple quiet days to adjust before you invite family and friends to welcome them home.
- Expect a lot of sleep. Don’t worry about the number of naps—students will need time to recover from the end of the semester and the adjustment of moving back home.
- They will want independence. You may want to enforce a curfew and know where your student is going at night, but they are used to not having limitations. They survived at RIT with more freedom, but you have house rules—negotiate to find a middle ground that works for everyone.
- They are on an entirely different schedule than the rest of the family. Between varying course schedules, late-night socializing, studying, and student group meetings, college students may be used to staying up until 3 a.m. and sleeping until noon. Don't try to control your student's schedule as they adjust to their summer schedule—you may find it works best to set house quiet hours and let your students work out their own schedules.
- They will miss their college friends and lifestyle. They may be able to pick up old high school friendships easily, but the experiences of living, learning, and growing into an independent adult alongside college friends creates a special bond that students will miss over the summer. Expect to hear a lot about your student's life at RIT.
Unsubscribing From this List
If you are the parent of a graduate and no longer wish to receive the RIT Parent Newsletter, you can unsubscribe on the Parent Newsletter website. You can also use this site if you would like to change the email address we have in our database.