Student Success Stories

"I wanted something different, and I knew RIT would give me the opportunity to be with both hearing and deaf students and provide me with a lot of support," more
This Advertising Photography major always knew that she wanted to pursue a major in photography. more
This Rochester, N.Y., native is the 13th member of her family to enroll at RIT. more
McIlwain is president of the NTID Ebony Club, has worked as a camp counselor for Explore Your Future and Summer Vestibule programs, and currently is a peer mentor for NTID’s Step-Up program. more
With an associate degree in Applied Computer Technology in hand, and on his way to a bachelor’s degree in Urban Community Studies, Eric Cardenas, 22, is well-positioned to follow his chosen career path and achieve his goals. more
Born into a hearing family, James attended mainstream middle and high schools before choosing to come east to RIT. more
After working for several years, Don decided to continue his education in a field that would take advantage of his mathematics skills. Accounting Technology was a perfect fit. more
Sofia's two loves are people and numbers, and she hopes to use her education in Accounting Technology as a jumping-off point to a career that lets her work with both every day. more
Originally from Israel, Reut discovered RIT/NTID when she attended NTID's Explore Your Future program. A Dean's List regular, she says simply, "Having low grades isn't my thing." more
Jamie, an ASLIE student and member of the RIT women's swimming team, hopes to someday use her interpreting skills in courtrooms and other legal settings. more
Originally from the Bahamas, Pierre has been glad to be able to take advantage of the social opportunities available through the NTID Deaf International Student Association. more
This Applied Optical Technology major is an accomplished horseback rider who in 1993 became the first deaf person to win a championship title on a Morgan horse. more

More Success Stories

Portrait of Shavone Moncrieffe
Be yourself and live life to the fullest,” is a motto Shavone Moncrieffe strives to follow every day.
Shareef Ali in glasses and a blue shirt
A job with VTCSecure, an international provider of telecommunications access, awaits Shareef after graduation.
Viet Q. Le
Viet Q. Le is a faculty member in NTID’s Science and Mathematics Department.
Joseph Hill
Joseph Hill is a faculty member in NTID’s American Sign Language and Interpreting Education Department.
Laural Hartman
Laural Hartman is a lecturer in NTID’s Visual Communications Studies Department, teaching core courses such as Drawing and Principles of Design and Color.
Jason Nordhaus
Nordhaus is a core faculty member in RIT’s Center for Computational Relativity and Gravitation in the School of Mathematical Sciences, and a professor in the astrophysics Ph.D. program in RIT’s School of Physics and Astronomy.
Alesia Allen
Visiting Assistant Professor in NTID’s Department of Liberal Studies, Allen teaches introductory courses in psychology and abnormal psychology.
Jonathan Roman
At RIT, Roman found his purpose — to bridge the gap and connect the hearing and the deaf worlds.
Susana Flores
Flores, the only deaf person in her family and the first to go to college, is planning to be the curator of an art gallery one day.
Kelly Jo Hilleshiem
The NBA Indiana Pacers’ dance team wanted her, but Hilleshiem chose RIT/NTID instead.
Christopher Caulfield
Christopher chose RIT to pursue the web and mobile computing program, and to meet successful deaf role models that he never had encountered back home.
Alesia Allen
Visiting Assistant Professor in NTID’s Department of Liberal Studies, Allen teaches introductory courses in psychology and abnormal psychology.
Jason Nordhaus
Jason Nordhaus joined the faculty in NTID’s Science and Mathematics Department as an assistant professor and theoretical astrophysicist.
Portrait of Talila Lewis
A desire to work with young people and involve them in social justice advocacy brought Lewis to RIT/NTID.
Mary Rose Weber
Weber’s favorite quote is from Albert Einstein: “The only source of knowledge is experience.”
Simmons, 22, from Pickering, Ohio, is a fourth-year Packaging Science major who plans to graduate in May.
RIT’s variety of support services was important to this Mechanical Engineering Technology major.
This NTID Presidential Scholarship recipient works hard, but still finds time to play.