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A bagpipe procession is an RIT tradition that preceeds all major formal events on-campus, such as college commencement ceremonies and academic convocation.  Bagpipers who participate are members of the RIT and local communities.

Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend

Each fall RIT celebrates Brick City Homecoming & Family Weekend. This three-day event is a chance for students and families to spend time together while attending a number of exciting events. Nationally known speakers, cultural and athletic events, college receptions, opportunities to mingle with faculty, a 5K Fun Run, and the President's Alumni Ball are just a few of the activities featured.


FreezeFest, RIT’s annual winter festival, brings together students, friends, family and the RIT community together for an assortment of winter themed programs and activities.  Since its inception in 2010, FreezeFest has grown in a variety of ways to become a campus-wide celebration of the cold and snowy Rochester months.  FreezeFest events that have become an annual tradition include Unification, FreezeFest 5k, Rockin’ Bingo, Ski Lodge, and entertainment on a national scale.

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. Held annually each spring, Imagine RIT is the kickoff to Rochester’s rich festival season.


Lighting the Way

Lighting the Way, which takes place during New Student Orientation, is an annual ceremony that celebrates and welcomes new RIT women with a lantern-lit procession down the Quarter Mile. Lighting the Way is sponsored by the Center for Women & Gender.

Mud Tug

Every fall, the Brothers of Phi Kappa Psi and the Sisters of Zeta Tau Alpha host a charity event called Mud Tug. Grass fields get dug up and water gets poured in, creating the mud pits for this tug-of-war competition. Mud Tug is a student tradition, in which teams consisting of Greek organizations, residence hall floors, clubs, or simply groups of friends compete to get dirty! There are three different divisions for the tug – all male, all female, and co-ed.

Project SpiRIT

Project SpiRIT is a Student Government initiative to increase school spirit, increase attendance at campus events, and foster a stronger sense of community and Tiger Pride at RIT! Students have the opportunity to earn “SpiRIT points” throughout the semester to qualify for prizes. It’s easy:

  • Earn 10 SpiRIT points by attending SpiRIT events and getting your ID scanned (see calendar below)
  • Earn 5 SpiRIT points for wearing RIT gear on Fridays and getting your ID scanned (details below).
  • Accumulate points to earn prizes!




The College Activities Board (CAB) hosts an annual festival at the end of each academic year to celebrate the spring season.  SpringFest is a weekend long event, comprised of a major concert, food-tasting competitions, giveaways, PuppyFest, and much more.  CAB often collaborates with other clubs and organizations on campus, in an effort to make this one of the biggest and most memorable weekends of the year!

Tiger Walk

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 welcoming posters and noisemakers, line the walkway leading to the Gordon Field House and Activities Center offering newcomers a cheering welcome as they arrive for New Student Convocation.