NTID-supported delegates offer wisdom to fellow graduates

Left, a dark-skinned female in glasses, grad cap, gown and cord; right a light-skinned female in cap gown and cords.

Among the 23 commencement delegates at Rochester Institute of Technology’s commencement ceremonies May 11 and 12 were two deaf students who shared their own stories of overcoming obstacles and imparted advice to their fellow graduates.

Paula MacDonald, the undergraduate delegate for the National Technical Institute for the Deaf from Cumberland, Ontario, Canada, graduated with an associate degree in computer aided drafting technology.

RIT/NTID students among RIT's 2018 Legacy Leaders

Group of female students, each holding a blue folder.

Three RIT/NTID graduating seniors were recognized as part of the Legacy Leadership program of RIT's Center for Women and Gender and the Center for Leadership & Civic Engagement. They are:

Brianna Conrad, an American Sign Language-English Interpretation major from Frederick, Maryland

Kaitlyn Shirey, an American Sign Language-English Interpretation major from Ambler, Pennsylvania

Britta Schwall, a business management major from Pflugerville, Texas

Twin sisters graduate from RIT/NTID, follow different paths

Two dark-skinned females with glasses wearing graduation caps and gowns, one has an orange master's hood, medallion, gold cords.

Born and raised in Irving Texas, twin sisters Joan “Jo” and Jane Bempong attended mainstream schools together from elementary through high school, and then decided to continue learning together in college when they were both accepted at Rochester Institute of Technology, supported by the university’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

At RIT they were able to live together, but follow different educational and career paths.

RIT/NTID honors graduates at Academic Awards and Commencement Ceremonies

President Buckley and Gary Behm with nine student award recipients, all female.

Several students at Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf were honored with their families and friends at an academic awards ceremony May 11. NTID President and RIT Vice President and Dean Gerry Buckley and Interim Associate Vice President for NTID Academic Affairs Gary Behm hosted the ceremony.

Academic Achievement Awards were presented in recognition of high academic achievement to the following RIT/NTID associate, baccalaureate and master’s graduates:

RIT/NTID Dyer Arts Center celebrates 50 artists and 50 years

50 artists and 50 years with the reunion logo and social media tags

The Dyer Arts Center is proud to be celebrating 50 years of artists at NTID. Since the pilot group of 70 students enrolled in 1968, RIT/NTID has seen thousands of talented deaf and hard-of-hearing artists. In conjunction with NTID’s 50th anniversary this summer, the Dyer Arts Center is celebrating 50 of those artists by displaying their works in 50 Artists, 50 Years. This exhibition contains over one hundred works, including paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media, videos, and textiles.

RIT/NTID student recognized for creating diversity and inclusion

Beacon award winners pose with awards. RIT/NTID's Miko Arayata is second from left.

Third-year design and imaging technology student Miko Arayata, from the Philippines, was presented with the 2018 Student Beacon Award. Arayata was commended for being an outstanding student leader at Rochester Institute of Technology's National Technical Institute for the Deaf, most recently, as vice president for Asian Deaf Club.

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