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Recognition Event for January 2015 Graduates
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Barton Hall

The twelth annual Recognition Event and Reception for January 2015 graduates is being planned. This 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 (see below).

Checklist - Student To-Do List

Students planning to attend must do the following:

  • ORDER cap & gown by 11/15 ($10 late fee)
  • RSVP by 12/18 if planning to attend Recognition Event.
  • PICK UP cap & gown 12/18 or 12/19 at Teagle Hall
  • RSVP for additional college/department events, if applicable.
  • Follow any other instructions from college, department, Bursar, University Registrar, Housing Office, etc.

RSVP to attend Recognition Event

Please check back in October for the link to RSVP.

Event Schedule - December 20, 2014

  • 9:00am - Guests may begin arriving at Barton Hall
  • 9:00-9:30am - Students register & assemble in Barton Hall
  • 10:00-11:15am - Recognition Event in Barton Hall
  • 11:15am-Noon - Coffee Reception in Barton Hall

College Events - in addition to the Recognition Event

Your college dean, faculty and staff look forward to seeing you at the Recognition Event in Barton Hall. Some colleges and departments offer additional celebratory events for their students and families to attend. Students should RSVP acordingly in the Fall of 2014. The following colleges offer additional celebratory events for their students and families to attend. Please RSVP accordingly.

Please check back in October for information and RSVP links for college events.

Human Ecology
(check back in October for link)

ILR School
(check back in October for link)

Agriculture and Life Sciences
(check back in October for link)

Hotel Administration
(check back in October for link)


The on-campus Statler Hotel is available for the December event. Rising from the center of this Ivy League campus, the Statler Hotel is centrally located to events and provides on-site parking for guests. Taverna Banfi, the Statler's signature Tuscan Italian restaurant, is also available for lunch and dinner on Saturday. Please call the hotel at 800-541-2501 or email to reserve your guest room or dinner reservation. view flyer

Since many people and students are traveling away from Ithaca this time of year, we do not anticipate housing problems. You may find information about the availability of local hotels and bed & breakfasts by visiting Ithaca's Visitor Bureau website at


(check back in October)

Cap & Gown

Wearing cap & gown is both traditional and required for students participating in the Recognition Event. Students order their cap & gown from our supplier, Herff Jones. These are rental items, so students must return their cap & gown (but keep their tassel) in Barton Hall immediately following the event. Check back in October for links to the online ordering site.

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


(check back in October for link to order)

Ceremony Instructions

Students must arrive in Barton Hall between 9:00-9:30am to register and assemble for the procession, wearing cap & gown. Students should enter Barton Hall from Garden Avenue (Teagle Hall side of Barton) and follow the signs to the area by the red curtain that is across the middle of the room.

Undergraduate students will go to the registration table by their undergraduate college sign. Graduate students will go to the registration tables by the "PhD" and "Master" signs, not with undergraduate college signs. All degree candidates will be given a card with their name and contact information when they go to the appropriate registration table. Students MUST carry the card during the procession and to their seat. These are used to read the student's name during the ceremony. Ushers will collect students' cards as soon as students are seated. Do NOT change seats once you have been seated.

Students will line up two-across within their college, but not alphabetically. Graduate students will line up by PhD & Master signs, not with undergraduate colleges. PhD candidates will carry their hood, as instructed by the Graduate School staff. Ushers in red jackets will instruct students to line up in the appropriate locations before, during, and after the ceremony.

During the ceremony, each college will be asked to stand and approach the stage. Readers from each college will read the students' names from the cards, as they cross the stage. Each student will walk across the stage to shake hands with their college dean and the university president. PhD candidates will be hooded 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 for December Recognition Event

Undergraduate Families: Event Information is mailed to undergraduate families in late October. If not received, please check the home address the student provided to see where the packet was mailed.

Undergraduate Students: are emailed to undergraduates in late October. If not received, please check the spam filter before contacting the Commencement Office.

Graduate Students: PhD & Master candidates receive information/instructions via email in late October from the Graduate School and/or Graduate Field Assistants. Information is not mailed to families of graduate students.


The degree conferral (diploma) date for January graduates is late January 2015. Check back in October for specific date. Diplomas are mailed, not distributed at the Recognition Event.

Mobility Impaired Guests Parking & Seating

Guests who cannot maneuver the stairs into Barton Hall from the Statler side are encouraged to enter from the Garden Avenue side of Barton Hall. Vehicles may temporarily stop on that side of the building to let mobility impaired guests out for easy access to the building. The driver will then need to go park the vehicle at one of the suggested parking areas noted below.

Guests with wheelchairs and walkers will be able to sit with other family members (in chairs with back support) without requiring a special pass or seating location. As a courtesy, ushers will be inside Barton Hall (at Garden Avenue entrance) with wheelchairs to transport guests to the seating area, if needed.


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


Photographs will be taken of each student while on 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

Reception Details

A reception will immediately follow the Recognition Event in the same building, Barton Hall. Light refreshments (coffee and pastries) will be served. All students and guests are invited. Please plan to stay and enjoy the reception.


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

Webcast and Video

A webcast of the Recognition Event will be broadcast online the day of the event. To watch the live broadcast, go to the day of the event, where a viewing link will be posted just prior to the 10:00am start time. The broadcast will remain online for later viewing. (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.
Click here to check the University operating status.

Commencement Ceremony - May 2015

January '15 degree candidates are welcome to participate in May 2015 Commencement Weekend events in addition to the December Recognition Event.

Undergraduate Students: The Commencement Office mails Commencement information packets in 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 through the appropriate graduate field/college by graduate students who plan to attend the May ceremony.

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