For specific questions not covered on the website, please call the Office of Student Life at Russell Sage at 518-244-2207.

Where will Commencement take place?
Houston Field House on the RPI Campus located at 1900 Peoples Avenue, Troy, NY 12180

Is transportation provided?

Students and families will need to secure their own transportation to the Field House.
Shuttles from the Troy High School and Middle School Parking lots will be provided.

What time does the ceremony start and what time will doors open?

Start: 10:00 a.m.
Doors open:  8:30 a.m.

When should graduates be in place for ceremony line up?

9:00 a.m. SHARP

Do we need tickets and how many guest may we bring?

You do NOT need tickets and we do not limit the number of guests a graduate may have. However, the venue only seats about 5,000 total people, so we recommend that graduates limit their guests to 6-8.

Who do I tell that I will be participating in Commencement?

Students will be asked to complete an online Commencement Participation Form by early April.  They will receive email notification about this at the end of February from the Student Life Office.

How do I order my Cap and Gown?

Students will need to order their academic regalia for commencement.  Information is provided online.

How do I properly wear my regalia (cap/gown/hood)?

Check out one of these YouTube videos!

How long does Commencement typically run?

Approximately 2-3 hours.

Out of respect for all graduates, attendees are asked to stay for the entire Commencement ceremony.  Graduates are to remain seated during the ceremony.

Is the Field House accessible to guests with disabilities?

Yes. If you or one of your guests have a disability that will require special accommodation during the commencement ceremony, please notify the Office of Student Life at 518-244-2207 by May 1 so we can make appropriate arrangements.

Where can we park?

Please allow extra time for parking on Commencement day

  1. On the street (please be mindful of the signs)
  2. RPI Field House Parking Lot- 1900 Peoples Avenue, Troy, NY, 12180.
  3. Troy High School/Middle School- off of Burdett Ave/1976 Burdett Ave

Parking immediately around the RPI Field House is very limited. We have made arrangements for parking and shuttle service from Troy High School and Middle School.

The shuttle will run continuously from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Note that the Field House has a limited number of spaces available in a parking lot reserved for those with disability plates or placards. CARS MUST HAVE A PERMIT OR PLACARD TO BE ALLOWED INTO THIS LOT.  If this lot is full, guests will be permitted drive up to the entrance to drop off individuals with disabilities.