RPI Commencement 2013
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Guests attending Rensselaer’s 2014 Commencement are advised that no large handbags/purses, backpacks, luggage, coolers, parcels, briefcases, and like articles will be allowed at the Commencement Ceremony.


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Saturday, May 24,
at 8:30 a.m.


 Graduation Checklist

Before you can graduate, you must complete this checklist from the Office of the Registrar.

 Ticket Pickup/Status Check: Thursday, May 8

  • 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Mueller Center, 2nd Floor Classroom

 Commencement Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 21

  • Undergraduates – 2:00 p.m.
  • Graduate Students – 6:00 p.m.
  • Arena Gymnasium, East Campus Athletic Village

 President’s Commencement Colloquy: Friday, May 23

  • 3:30 p.m.
  • EMPAC Concert Hall

 Ph.D. Hooding Exercise: Saturday, May 24

  • 7:00 a.m.
  • East Campus Athletic Village, Practice Arena

Virginia M. RomettyTechnology leader and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty will address graduates at the Commencement 2014 ceremony.

Rometty will receive an honorary degree, along with World Wide Web inventor Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, and pioneering geneticist Mary-Claire King.

On the eve of Commencement, Rensselaer will convene for the 2014 President’s Commencement Colloquy. Led by President Jackson, Rometty, Berners-Lee, and King will participate in a discussion titled “Creating Clarity in Complexity to Enable Transformational Change”. More Info

President’s Picnic for the Graduates

Immediately following the Commencement ceremony on the Science Quad and the Hassan Quad.

Seating Options

You’ll have the option of seating on the Field (at the same level of the stage), or in elevated seating in the Stadium.

* Stadium Seating

There will be 5,700 guest seats available on the Field, and 3,800 seats available in the Stadium.

As you enter the East Campus Athletic Village, you’ll need to decide which seating option is preferable for you so ushers can direct you.

Both seating areas will be on a first-come first-served basis.

Questions about Commencement?  

Please email us at commencement@rpi.edu

Class of 2014
Class of 2014
Commencement Guide
Commencement Guide for Graduates and Guests
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