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Recognition Event for January 2016 Graduates
Saturday, December 19, 2015
Barton Hall

The university's thirteenth annual Recognition Event and Reception for January 2016 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.



  • 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


Click here for a CHECKLIST for students and families.

Students planning to attend must do the following:

  • ORDER cap & gown by 11/15 ($10 late fee)
  • RSVP by 12/17 for Recognition Event
  • PICK UP cap & gown 12/17 or 12/18 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 Students must RSVP by December 17
if planning to attend the university event.
Remember to also order cap & gown.

College Events - additional RSVP

The following colleges offer additional celebratory events for their students and families. Graduate & undergraduate students in these colleges are asked to RSVP accordingly (in addition to their university event RSVP).

College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS)
Continental Breakfast for CALS Graduates & Families
Saturday, December 19, 7:30-9:00am
Statler Hotel, Terrace Restaurant

RSVP CALS students: RSVP by noon Friday, 12/11
Questions: 607-255-2257 or email
School of Hotel Administration (SHA)
Celebratory Breakfast with SHA Deans
Saturday, December 19, 8:00-9:00am
Statler Hotel, Ballroom, 2nd Floor

RSVP SHA students: RSVP by noon Friday, 12/11
Questions: website, 607-255-6376 or email
College of Human Ecology (CHE)
Reception to Honor CHE January Graduates
Friday, December 18, 3:00-4:30pm
Human Ecology Building, Human Ecology Commons

RSVP CHE students: RSVP by Monday, 12/14 (total attending)
No tickets, no guest limit.
In the event of inclement weather, check for possible cancellation of this CHE reception.
Questions: 607-255-2235 or email
ILR School (ILR)
Informal Reception for ILR Graduates & Families
Friday, December 18, 3:30-4:30pm
Ives Hall, Room 281, Doherty Lounge

RSVP ILR students: RSVP by Monday, 12/14
Questions: 607-255-2223 or email


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.

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

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    Friday, December 18, 8am-7pm
    Saturday, December 19, 10am-5pm

Cap & Gown

Wearing cap & gown is both traditional and required for students participating in the university Recognition Event in Barton Hall. 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.

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

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

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

    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 17-18 to distribute 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 17-18 (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 CAP & GOWN in BARTON HALL by NOON. The "cap & gown return" area will be located inside Barton 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 graduates.

A hood is worn with PhD and Master regalia (not with undergraduate degrees). The hood color representing one's field of study will be supplied with PhD & Master cap & gown orders.

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

*PhD Candidates Wishing to Purchase Regalia to Own
PhD candidates and faculty may purchase regalia to own if desired. Allow 4 to 6 weeks for delivery.

Ceremony Instructions for All Degree Candidates

Arrival and Registration
Arrive in Barton Hall between 9:00-9:30am, wearing your cap & gown (PhD will carry their hood). Register at the table next to your college or degree sign to receive your name card. DO NOT FOLD your card. The reader will use your card to announce your name when you cross stage later, during the ceremony.

Procession Lineup
After receiving your name card, line up two-across (not alphabetically) along the red curtain. 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 for Recognition Event

Undergraduate Families: Event Information is mailed to undergraduate families in late October.

Undergraduate Students: Information is emailed to undergraduates in late October.

Graduate Students: PhD & Master candidates receive information via email in late October from their college.


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

The conferral (diploma) date for January degrees is February 1, 2016. (Due to the way the 2016 calendar falls, the conferral date is a February date. However, we continue to informally refer to graduates as "January" graduates throughout our website.)


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. campus map


Mobility-Impaired Parking
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.

Mobility-Impaired Seating
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 with wheelchairs will be inside Barton Hall to transport guests from the entrance (Garden Avenue side) to seating areas, if needed.

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 16.


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


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. (Students must return caps & gowns before leaving Barton Hall.)


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 webcast of the Recognition Event will be shown 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 prior to the 10:00am start time. The broadcast 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.
Click here to check the University operating status.

Commencement Ceremony - May 2016

January '16 degree candidates are welcome to participate in May 2016 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 through the appropriate graduate field/college by graduate students who plan to attend the May ceremony.