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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.

CAP & GOWN | RSVP | PROCESSION ORDER

Schedule

  • 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

Checklist

Click here for a 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 for college event, if one 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)
Continental Breakfast for CALS Graduates & Families
Saturday, December 17, 7:30-9:00am
Statler Hotel, Terrace Restaurant

Questions: 607-255-2257 or email
(RSVP link will be posted here in October)
School of Hotel Administration (SHA)
Celebratory Breakfast with SHA Deans
Saturday, December 17, 8:00-9:00am
Statler Hotel, Ballroom, 2nd Floor

Questions: SHA website, 607-255-6376 or email
(RSVP link will be posted here in October)
College of Human Ecology (CHE)
Reception to Honor CHE January Graduates
Friday, December 16, 3:00-4:30pm
Human Ecology Building, Human Ecology Commons

No tickets, no guest limit.
Questions: 607-255-2235 or email
(RSVP link will be posted here in October)
ILR School (ILR)
Informal Reception for ILR Graduates & Families
Friday, December 16, 3:30-4:30pm
Ives Hall, Room 281, Doherty Lounge

Questions: 607-255-2223 or email
(RSVP link will be posted here in October)

Accommodations

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 www.visitithaca.com.

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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 in Bartels Hall immediately following the event.

Order Cap & Gown (rent)
Pick Up Cap & Gown
Return Cap & Gown
Regalia FYI - Colors, Keepers, What to Return
Purchase PhD Regalia to Own (optional)
Faculty: go to faculty page

Cap & Gown - Order

(RSVP link will be posted here in October)

Cap & Gown - Cost

    Bachelor: $-0-
    Master/MPS: $21.75*
    Doctoral: $72.55*
    *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 at distribution.

  • Online Pre-orders: pick up your outfit at distribution
  • Walk-in Orders: request an outfit at distribution (add $10 cash)
  • Dates: December 15-16 (Thurs-Fri)
  • Times: 10am-5pm
  • 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.

Regalia FYI: Colors, Keepers, What to Return

Each cap & gown order contains a full set of regalia with the pieces, styles and colors appropriate to the degree being conferred.

  • Cap - All mortar boards and soft tams are one-size-fits-all, so no measuring is necessary when ordering. The appropriate cap style will be supplied with regalia orders. Mortar boards may be tastefully decorated and kept as a souvenir.
    All soft tams must be returned.
  • Tassel - Tassel color represents one's conferring college, and may be kept as a souvenir (sewn-in tassels on tams cannot be removed). In addition to the free detachable tassel, students have an option to purchase a Cornell red & white tassel, and are welcome to wear both on their caps at graduation.
  • Gown - The gown style represents the degree being conferred. Students must know their height when placing their order.
    All gowns must be returned.
  • Hood - A hood is part of graduate degree regalia (none for undergraduate degrees) and represents one's field of study. An appropriate hood will be supplied with graduate degree orders.
    All hoods must be returned.

*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.

GRAD-PHD
Doctor of Philosophy (all PhD)

GRAD-MASTER
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

ILR
Bachelor

AAP
Master of Architecture 1 (MArch1)
Bachelor

SHA
Master of Management in Hospitality (MMH)
Bachelor

HUMEC
Bachelor

ENGR
Master of Engineering (MEng)
Bachelor

CALS
Bachelor

ARTS
Bachelor

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.

Ceremony
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.

Reception
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

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

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

Parking

Several parking areas are available near Bartels Hall at no cost. map

Accessibility

  • Mobility-Impaired Parking: Passengers may be dropped off at the Bartels Hall main entrance on Campus Road before parking. map
  • Mobility-Impaired Seating: Accessible seating will be available in Bartels Hall and does not need to be requested in advance.
  • Hearing-Impaired: A sign language interpreter will be on stage during the ceremony. The livestream will be captioned. If you need further hearing-impaired assistance, please contact the Commencement Office by December 14.

Photographs

Professional 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 www.gradimages.com.

Reception

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.)

Tickets

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.

Webcast

Livestream of the Recognition Event will be viewable online at www.cornell.edu/video/ beginning at 10:00am the day of the event. The recorded event will remain online for later viewing as well.

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.