RIT to offer in-person grad ceremonies for both 2021, 2020 grad classes

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Created: April 16, 2021 01:26 PM

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC)— The celebration will be on for the Rochester Institute of Technology class of 2021 come May, but they're not the only class that will join in on the celebration.

RIT Friday announced it will hold in-person ceremonies for both the upcoming class, as well as the 2020 class.

The 2021 class will be celebrated on Friday, May 14, and Saturday, May 15, while the 2020 class will be celebrated on Sunday, May 16. Last year, the ceremony was held virtually.

This year, while the grads can celebrate in person, the ceremony itself will not allow guests, at least inside. RIT says it is expecting about 5,000 grads to attend, and it does not have the room to fit everyone inside.

Recent New York State guidelines say large-scale ceremonies with more than 150 people will be capped at 10%. This is applicable to venues with a total capacity of 1,500 or more.

However, friends and family will be able to come to campus but will have to follow safety protocols such as mask-wearing and physical distancing. RIT says it will have a photo op area set up, as well as food vendors.

Additionally, RIT said it will live-stream the event, and will be providing a survey for students, who will have the option of attending in-person.

Information on tickets and times for the events can be found on the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 pages.

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