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Traditions and Campus Events

An important part of the college experience is campus traditions and events. Encourage your student to take advantage of the opportunities on campus; this is a unique time in his/her life and these traditions will only add to the college experience! There are many events for parents to attend on campus as well. Be sure to have discussions with your student before showing up on campus; make sure it is a good time for your student and manage expectations before your arrival.

Tiger Walk and Convocation
New students at RIT are not likely to ever forget their first full day on campus as they navigate the RIT Tiger Walk. Faculty and staff, dressed in RIT garb and armed with posters and noisemakers, will line the walkway leading to the Gordon Field House and Activities Center offering newcomers a cheering welcome as they arrive for New Student Convocation.

Lighting the Way
Lighting the Way is a welcoming ceremony during New Student Orientation for new RIT women sponsored by Campus Life. This special event features a lantern-lit procession in which the light of knowledge is symbolically passed on to new RIT women.

Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend
Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend is a three-day event that includes speakers, cultural and athletic events, college receptions, and many other activities for students, family, and alumni.

Mud Tug
Mud Tug is an annual event hosted by Zeta Tau Alpha sorority and Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. Grass fields behind Grace Watson Hall get dug up and water gets poured in, creating the mud pits for this tug-of-war competition. Hundreds of participants from the RIT community join in this all-day event, which raises money for a charitable organization.

FreezeFest, RIT's annual winter festival, brings together students, friends, family, and the RIT community for an assortment of winter-themed activities. This initiative celebrates the cold and snowy Rochester months, and includes such traditions as Unification, FreezeFest 5k, Rockin' Bingo, Ski Lodge, and a high profile comedian.

SpringFest is a weekend long event, celebrating spring and the end of the academic year. Events include a major concert, food-tasting competitions, giveaways, PuppyFest, and much more. With campus-wide collaborations, SpringFest is one of the biggest weekends on campus.

Imagine RIT
Imagine RIT: Innovation and Creativity Festival is a campus-wide event that showcases the innovative and creative spirit of RIT students, faculty, and staff. Visitors experience the breadth and depth of RIT through interactive presentations, hands-on demonstrations, exhibits, and research projects set up throughout campus. Children's activities, games, food, and multiple performance stages with live music and entertainment are also a hit with visitors of all ages.

Men's Teams—baseball, basketball, crew, cross country, ice hockey (Division I), lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, track, and wrestling

Women's Teams—basketball, crew, cross country, ice hockey (Division I), lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, and volleyball