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Eligibility and Participation

Academic Eligibility | Bursar Clearance | Diplomas | Walking Early

Academic Eligibility

Undergraduate Degree Candidates

Undergraduate degree candidates who have completed all academic requirements for the May 2018, December 2017, and August 2017 conferral dates are eligible to participate in the 2018 University Commencement Ceremony. Degree candidates are responsible for reviewing their academic records to verify that all requirements have been met. Students should contact their college with any questions regarding academic standing or graduation requirements.

Walking Early

Undergradutes expecting to earn a future degree (August 2018 or December 2018) are also welcome to participate ("walk early"). Future degree candidates and their families will not receive the 2018 Commencement mailing, but here is how to obtain a copy of the information and arrange to participate in events.
No form or RSVP to submit to Commencement Office, but do the following:

Graduate Degree Candidates

Graduate degree candidates may walk early in the University Commencement Ceremony, and will need to ORDER CAP & GOWN. Doctoral degree candidates may also walk early in the PhD Hooding Ceremony (RVSP required for PhD Ceremony). Graduate degree candidates should contact their college and/or field for any questions about deadlines, requirements, Commencement Packets, and participaing in college or field events.

Bursar Clearance

Students must follow instructions and deadlines from Office of the Bursar.


Diplomas are mailed to graduates in June.

Contact Information

Commencement Office
B13 Day Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-9541
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