Campus Traditions

Embrace RIT’s tradition of tiger pride by taking part in one of our many campus-wide events and programs. Join us to celebrate the season, showcase innovation and creativity, and bookend your chapter at RIT with moments you’ll cherish forever.

Fall Traditions

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New Student Orientation

Aug. 18-25, 2024

Orientation is a series of events, activities, and opportunities developed to assist you and your family as you transition to life at RIT. You’ll establish a place within the RIT community, build community, and connect with campus resources before classes even start.

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Aug. 26-30, 2024

Start off the semester right with a roaring welcome to RIT! During the first week of classes, take part in TigerFest. You’ll get a chance to connect with other students, learn about different resources on campus, and discover ways to get involved.

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Rochester Fringe Festival

Sept. 10-21, 2024

The Rochester Fringe Festival is a spectacular celebration of the performing and visual arts. RIT arts come to life at the Fringe. Last year, RIT students, faculty, staff, and alumni participated in 38 performances and exhibits.

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Sept. 19-22, 2024

Crisp air and crunchy apples mean it’s fall in Rochester! Kick-off RIT’s annual seasonal celebrations with FallFest. Join us for a variety of events sponsored by different departments and student clubs and organizations.

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Brick City Homecoming and Family Weekend

Oct. 18-20, 2024

This yearly tradition honors RIT’s families, students, alumni, staff, and friends of the university. Get involved in one of the many Brick City happenings: check out one of our distinguished speakers, enter the Brick City 5k race, cheer on our Tigers at sporting events, and more!

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Spring Traditions

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Jan. 27-Feb. 8, 2025

Grab your gloves and embrace the cold during RIT’s annual winter celebration, FreezeFest! This longstanding campus tradition features multiple days of festivities, including hot cocoa tastings, ice skating, and more. Be sure to keep an eye out for Roarie, FreezeFest’s white tiger mascot.

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April 17-20, 2025

Wrap up the end of the school year with a celebration of all things spring! SpringFest is a great way to unwind and have fun before finals. Join us for music, food, games, and everyone’s favorite, free swag!

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Imagine RIT

April 26, 2025

Where creativity and innovation come to life, Imagine RIT features the extraordinary work of our students, faculty, and staff. This university-wide event features hundreds of exhibits and welcomes visitors of all ages year after year. Check out Imagine RIT to see the next big idea, explore hands-on demonstrations, and watch interactive presentations and performances.

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May 9-10, 2025

Commencement marks your final chapter at RIT as you celebrate and reflect on your experiences and hard work. Take part in academic convocation and college commencement ceremonies as well as Grad Week events like Passing the Torch, Black Graduation, Rainbow Graduation, and more!

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