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Recognition Event for January 2017 Graduates
Saturday, December 17, 2016
Bartels Hall, Newman Arena

The university's fourteenth annual Recognition Event and Reception for January 2017 graduates is a special event enjoyed by students and families. There is no limit to the number of guests who may attend and there are no tickets. However, for event planning purposes, students who plan to attend must RSVP.



  • 9:00am - Doors open
  • 9:00-9:30am - Students arrive to register & assemble
  • 10:00-11:15am - Recognition Event in Bartels Hall, Newman Arena
  • 11:15am-Noon - Coffee Reception in Bartels Hall, Ramin Room


Check back in October for a helpful checklist for students and families.

Students planning to attend:

  • ORDER cap & gown by 11/15
  • RSVP by 12/15 for Recognition Event
  • PICK UP cap & gown 12/15 or 12/16 at distribution
  • RSVP to college if additional event is planned
  • Follow any other instructions from college, department, Bursar, University Registrar, Housing Office, etc.

RSVP for University Recognition Event

RSVP form (RSVP link will be posted here in October.)
Students must RSVP by December 15
if planning to attend the university event.

College Events - additional RSVP

The following colleges host additional celebratory events for their graduate & undergraduate students. These students are asked to RSVP for their college event, in addition to their separate RSVP for the university event.

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS)
(please check back)
Questions: 607-255-2257 or email
School of Hotel Administration (SHA)
(please check back)
Questions: 607-255-6376 or email
College of Human Ecology (CHE)
(please check back)
Questions: 607-255-2235 or email
ILR School (ILR)
(please check back)
Questions: 607-255-2223 or email


The Statler Hotel is available for on-campus lodging and dining in December. Please contact The Statler Hotel directly for reservations. A list of area hotels and bed & breakfasts may be found at

Announcements, Class Rings, Diploma Frames

  • Announcement Cards
    (Please check back for products and link to order.)
  • Class Rings
    Order your official Cornell class ring at The Cornell Store.
  • Diploma Frames
    Choose from a variety of quality diploma frames available online and on display at The Cornell Store.

The Cornell Store

Visit The Cornell Store for the best selection of Cornell gifts and apparel.

Cap & Gown

Wearing cap & gown is both traditional and required for students participating in the university Recognition Event. Students order their cap & gown from our supplier, Herff Jones. These are rental outfits, so students must return items immediately following the event.

Order Cap & Gown (rent)
Pick Up Cap & Gown
Return Cap & Gown
Tassel | Hood | Gown
Purchase PhD Regalia to Own (optional)
Faculty: go to faculty page

Cap & Gown - Order

(check back in October for link to order)

Cap & Gown - Cost

    Undergrad: $-0-*
    Master: $21.35*
    Doctoral/PhD: $71.10*
    *Includes tax. Add $10 for walk-in orders.

Cap & Gown - Distribution (Pick Up)

The cap & gown company rep will be on campus December 15-16 to distribute pre-ordered outfits to students. Students who did not pre-order online should go to distribution to request cap & gown in-person as a walk-in order (add $10 cash). Extra souvenir tassels will be available for purchase.

  • Online Pre-Orders: pick up your order, try on items; exchange for proper fit, if necessary.
  • Walk-in Orders: stand in "walk-in orders" line to request cap & gown (add $10 cash).

Pre-orders and walk-in orders:

  • Dates: December 15-16 (Thursday & Friday)
  • Times: 10:00am-5:00pm
  • Location: Day Hall, room 163
  • Cost: See above (add $10 cash for walk-in orders)

Cap & Gown - Return

Students MUST RETURN their rental regalia in BARTELS HALL by NOON. Students may keep their tassel and mortar board; however, all gowns, graduate hoods, and soft tams must be returned. The "cap & gown return" area will be located inside Bartels Hall for students to conveniently drop off items before leaving the building.

Free Tassel. Cap & gown orders include a tassel for students to keep. (Exception: The sewn-in tassel on the PhD tams cannot be removed.) The appropriate tassel color representing one's college will be supplied with the cap & gown order.
Souvenir Tassel. Students have an option to purchase a souvenir red & white Cornell University tassel when ordering their cap & gown. The souvenir tassel is available to all degree candidates.

Graduate degree outfits include a hood (none for undergraduate degrees). The appropriate hood color for one's field of study will be supplied with graduate degree regalia orders. The hood is part of the rental outfit and must be returned following the event.

The appropriate gown style representing one's degree will be supplied with cap & gown orders.

*Purchase Regalia to Own (optional)
Herff Jones is the university's preferred vendor offering custom regalia throughout the year for alumni, faculty, and degree candidates wishing to purchase regalia to own. Please contact Herff Jones directly to buy regalia, but be sure to inquire about delivery time, as it may take several weeks to receive custom orders.

Ceremony Instructions - All Degree Candidates

Arrival and Registration
Candidates must arrive in Bartels Hall between 9:00-9:30am, wearing cap & gown (PhD will carry their hood) and must report to their college registration table to receive their name card. Candidates will also line up, march, sit, and cross stage with their college.

Doctor of Philosophy (all PhD)

Master of Architecture 2 (MArch2)
Master of Arts
Master of Fine Arts
Master of Health Administration
Master of Industrial and Labor Relations
Master of Landscape Architecture
Master of Public Administration (CIPA)
Master of Regional Planning
Master of Science
MPS in Agriculture and Life Sciences
MPS in Applied Statistics
MPS in Human Ecology
MPS in Human Resources
MPS in Industrial and Labor Relations
MPS in Information Science
MPS in International Development
MPS in Landscape Architecture
MPS in Real Estate


Master of Architecture 1 (MArch1)

Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH)


Master of Engineering (MEng)



Procession Lineup
After receiving your name card, line up two-across (not alphabetically). You must be in line for the procession by 9:30-9:45am. You MUST CARRY YOUR NAME CARD during the procession and to your seat. Do not fold your card, and do not change seats. An usher will collect your name card for the reader as soon as you've been seated.

During the ceremony, each college or degree group will be asked to stand and approach the stage. Readers from each college will read students' names from the name cards, as students cross the stage. Each student will walk across the stage to shake hands with their college dean and the university president. PhD candidates will carry their hood and be formally hooded on stage by the dean of the Graduate School.

After the ceremony, students, family members, and guests may enjoy a reception with light refreshments. Congratulations!

Informational Mailing

Undergraduate Degrees: In late October, Bachelor candidates receive an email about the event, ordering their cap & gown, submitting an RSVP, etc. In addition, event information is mailed to undergraduate families per the home address the student provided in StudentCenter.

Graduate Degrees: PhD & Master candidates receive information via email from their college.


Diplomas are mailed to graduates, not distributed at the Recognition Event.

The conferral (diploma) date for January degrees is January 30, 2017.


When parking on campus, please use the Hoy Parking Garage, the Crescent Lot behind Schoellkopf Stadium, the Kite Hill Lot along Campus Road, or parking spaces below Tower Road and along Garden Avenue. There is no charge to park on campus on Saturday.


Mobility-Impaired Parking
(please check back)

Mobility-Impaired Seating
(please check back)

Hearing-Impaired Sign Language Interpretation
A sign language interpreter will be present on the stage. If you need further hearing-impaired assistance, please contact the Commencement Office by December 14.


Photographs will be taken of each student crossing the stage and again after exiting the stage. Students will receive an email the following week to view and/or purchase photos. For questions, please contact Grad Images at 800-261-2576 or email, or visit


A reception with light refreshments (coffee and pastries) will immediately follow the Recognition Event. All students and guests are invited to stay and enjoy the reception, which will be held in the Ramin Room at Bartels Hall. (Students must return caps & gowns before leaving Bartels.)


There are no tickets required for this event, as there are plenty of seats for everyone. However, we do ask students RSVP to help with our planning.


A live webcast of the Recognition Event will be viewable at beginning at 10:00am the day of the event. The recorded event will remain online for later viewing as well. (Video of this event is not available for purchase.)

Weather Plan

Wondering if Ithaca weather conditions are affecting the event? If the University is open, then the event will go on as scheduled. If the University closes (due to winter weather, for example), then the Recognition Event will be cancelled. It will not be rescheduled. Diploma distribution will not be affected, as diplomas are not distributed at this event. Students may still return for their official Commencement Ceremony in May.
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Commencement Ceremony - May 2017

January '17 degree candidates are welcome to participate in May 2017 Commencement events in addition to the December Recognition Event.

Undergraduate Students: The Commencement Office mails Commencement information packets in late January to January graduates, including those who attend the December Recognition Event. Graduates planning to attend Commencement events in May should follow instructions received in the Commencement Packet, but they do not need to inform the Commencement Office of their plans to attend.

Graduate Students: Commencement Packets for graduate students should be obtained in the spring through the appropriate graduate field/college by graduate students who plan to attend the May ceremony.