Mary Karol Matchett stands in front of a light grey background. She has long blonde hair. She’s wearing glasses, light colored long-sleeve shawl.
Dear fellow RIT Tigers,
We did it!
we persevered successfully and finished the academic year.
As we complete finals, please take a moment
to personally reflect on this accomplishment. Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to get us where we are today during the pandemic.
I have a few notes related to one of my favorite times of year — Commencement.
Commencement is the most magnificent thing we do on campus.
This is the culmination. This is the launch point for our new graduates. It’s going to feel great this year as our graduates walk across the stage, in person,
at one of the many college-based ceremonies.
For the first time
in more than a year,
we will greet many guests to our campus
as many families and friends watch the ceremonies virtually
and then join in celebration afterward. Let’s give them a warm and friendly RIT welcome.
A few reminders:
Please remember that when indoors
and in the presence
masks are required.
The Center for Disease Control
recently updated guidance on outdoor mask usage.
It is OK to not wear a mask outdoors as long as you maintain a physical distance
of at least six feet.
We encourage our graduates, families,
and friends to capture the excitement of graduation with memorable photos at four key locations:
including the Gordon Field House,
Gene Polisseni Center, the Tiger statue,
and the Sentinel sculpture.
Feel free to unmask,
but be sure to distance from others while waiting in line.
There will be plenty of places to eat on campus, including food truck options.
families and friends can watch the live stream of the ceremonies throughout the three days.
Share your posts on social media and tag them with
We’ll post your messages in the online ceremonies.
We plan to make this a festive time for our graduates.
You’ve earned it!
Please visit the Commencement website for additional information about this very special weekend.
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