Veterans Day Breakfast

The RIT Veterans Day Breakfast is a longstanding tradition on campus. Held on Veterans Day each November, it is free and open to the entire community. It is our “salute” to veterans and their families, our way of saying thank you for your service, thank you for your sacrifice.

Dr. Barry Culhane is the visionary behind it. He is a Vietnam-era veteran and has said, “The breakfast is a way to acknowledge the service of all veterans affiliated with RIT and special guests from the Greater Rochester community who work to serve veterans and their families every day.”

2021 Veterans Day Breakfast

Keynote speaker: Thomas L. Peeples ’94, MS ‘03

Peeples is the Sr. Manager of Lean Operations, Americas at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. In this role, he has responsibility for Operational Excellence, Continuous Improvement, the Quality Management System and Business Continuity Planning, in the Goodyear Innovation Center in Akron, Ohio. He is also Adjunct Faculty at RIT in the College of Engineering Technology.

As a student at RIT, Peeples took part in the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). He was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy after graduation and was onboard the USS Fletcher (DD-922) and the USS Hewitt (DD-966) working in various Surface Warfare roles. Today he continues to serve, in uniform, as the Operations Officer of the Ohio Navy.

Educational Opportunities

RIT is consistently ranked among the best colleges for veterans (U.S. News & World Report) and is designated a Military Friendly® School for the 2020-2021 Military Friendly® Cycle.

If you are a U.S. veteran and you are future focused, RIT is a place where your educational dreams can become a reality. We offer a myriad of opportunities to do that through our Veterans Upward Bound program.
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