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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


Click here for an event 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 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

RSVP CALS students: RSVP by noon Friday, 12/9
Questions: 607-255-2257 or email
School of Hotel Administration (SHA)
Celebratory Breakfast with SHA Deans
Saturday, December 17, 8:00-9:00am
Statler Hotel, Ballroom, 2nd Floor

RSVP SHA students: RSVP by noon Friday, 12/9
Questions: SHA website, 607-255-6376 or email
College of Human Ecology (CHE)
Reception to Honor CHE January Graduates
Friday, December 16, 3:00-4:30pm
Human Ecology Building, Human Ecology Commons

RSVP CHE students: RSVP by Monday, 12/12 (total attending)
No tickets, no guest limit.
Questions: 607-255-2235 or email
ILR School (ILR)
Informal Reception for ILR Graduates & Families
Friday, December 16, 3:30-4:30pm
Ives Hall, Room 281, Doherty Lounge

RSVP ILR students: RSVP by Monday, 12/12
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

The Cornell Store

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

    Friday, December 16, 8am-7pm
    Saturday, December 17, 10am-5pm

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

order regalia Order cap & gown online before midnight November 15.

Students may pre-order their cap & gown online until 11:59pm on November 15. The cap & gown supplier's website will stop accepting orders at midnight, no exceptions. Students will pick up their order at cap & gown distribution in December. Students who miss the November 15 deadline will go to distribution in December to request an outfit in person, but a $10 late fee will apply.

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 caps and tassels as souvenirs, but all gowns and hoods are rentals that must be returned. The "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

Click here to read what's included with cap & gown rentals and what to keep or return.

*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 at 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.

Procession Lineup
After receiving your name card, line up two-across (not alphabetically) with your college. You must be in line for the procession by 9:30, or 9:45am latest. 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 . 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 degree candidates and their families receive event information from the Commencement Office in October. An information packet is mailed to families at the home address in StudentCenter. Students receive an email with event information and links to participate.

Graduate degree candidates receive event information and instructions 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.


Bartels Hall is located at 554 Campus Road. Several parking areas are available near Bartels Hall at no cost. map


  • 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.


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


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.


Livestream of the Recognition Event will be viewable online at 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.
Click here to check the University operating status.

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.