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Severe Weather Plan (SWP) for Sunday
Schedule, Tickets, Alternate Viewing

Severe Weather Plan for University Commencement on Sunday
Severe Weather Tickets for University Commencement on Sunday
Severe Weather Schedule for University Commencement on Sunday
Severe Weather Schedule for College/Department Events on Sunday

Severe Weather Plan for the University Commencement on Sunday

Our severe weather plan is defined as potentially dangerous weather, torrential downpour, high winds, lightning, and any other unsafe conditions for our guests to sit outside. If it is just raining, Sunday's University Commencement Ceremony will remain outdoors at Schoellkopf Stadium.

Please advise your family and friends to be prepared for all types of weather during the weekend.

If we determine early Sunday morning that we need to enact our Severe Weather Plan and move the ceremony inside to Barton Hall, details will be announced starting 8:00am Commencement morning at www.cornell.edu.

Severe Weather Tickets

Severe Weather Tickets for University Commencement on Sunday

Our severe weather plan ceremony is held in Barton Hall. Because it is a smaller venue than the outdoor stadium, admission will be by ticket only. All guests MUST have a Severe Weather Ticket for admission to Barton Hall. Graduates do not need a ticket.

Each student's family receives four (4) Severe Weather Tickets in their Commencement Packet. These tickets can only be used at the time printed on the ticket. Tickets will become necessary ONLY if we enact our Severe Weather Plan for Sunday and move the ceremony to the indoor location. Otherwise, these tickets will NOT be used.

  • Two (2) of the four severe weather tickets will provide access to Barton Hall (map) where the main ceremony will take place IF we are under a severe weather plan. The graduate does not need a ticket.
  • The other two (2) severe weather tickets will provide access for 2 guests to view the ceremony on large viewing screens in Bartels Hall, Kennedy Hall Auditorium, and Statler Auditorium (map).

Take NoteTickets cannot be replaced if lost or misplaced.

Take NoteWe cannot issue more than 4 severe weather tickets per student, as indoor seating is very limited.

Alternate Viewing for Guests Without SWP Tickets:
We realize this fair and equitable severe weather ticketing system may leave some families with fewer tickets than desired. We thank you for your cooperation and understanding of our indoor space limitations and invite your additional family members to enjoy viewing the severe weather ceremony from the comfort of a home or hotel, away from severe weather. The ceremony will be viewable online and remain online for later viewing as well. We are pleased to provide alternative viewing options for these guests, as well as those without a severe weather ticket:

  • Online webcast at www.cornell.edu (a link will be posted that day).
  • Local television Time Warner Cable Channel 16 (local hotels & homes).
  • Video of the webcast will remain available online for later viewing.
  • A DVD is available for purchase.

No doubt, the entire family will enjoy getting together later to celebrate the graduate's proud achievements.

Note: Severe Weather Plan tickets are ONLY for the University Commencement Ceremony. SWP tickets are NOT used or required for college/department severe weather ceremonies or receptions.

Graduate

Severe Weather Schedule for University Commencement on Sunday

If severe weather is expected, either the outdoor ceremony at Schoellkopf Stadium will be delayed but remain outdoors, or two abbreviated indoor "Severe Weather Plan" ceremonies will be conducted in Barton Hall and admission will be by severe weather plan ticket only. Details will be announced starting at 8:00am on Commencement day, as stated above.

If severe weather conditions make it necessary to hold the University Commencement Ceremony indoors, then TWO abbreviated ceremonies will be held, and students & families will attend the ceremony time specific to one's college (ceremony times are printed on the Severe Weather Plan tickets). Please review the SEVERE WEATHER PLAN SCHEDULE for details.

10:30am ceremony (doors open at 9:30)
College of Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS)
College of Arts and Sciences
Johnson Graduate School of Management
Law School
College of Veterinary Medicine

1:00pm ceremony (doors open at 12:00)
College of Architecture, Art, and Planning
College of Engineering
School of Hotel Administration
College of Human Ecology
ILR School
Graduate School (PhD/Master)

Severe Weather Schedule for College/Department Events on Sunday

Enacting the Severe Weather Plan for the University Commencement Ceremony may also affect college & department events planned for Sunday. Click here to review the SEVERE WEATHER PLAN SCHEDULE to see how college & department events are impacted.

Note: Severe Weather Plan tickets are ONLY for the University Commencement Ceremony. SWP tickets are NOT used or required for college/department severe weather ceremonies or receptions.

Degree candidates will be directed to seating areas arranged by college (no academic procession). Guests will be seated on a first-come, first-served basis and many will be asked to stand.

Please note: No animals (other than service animals), alcoholic beverages or glass bottles are allowed inside Barton Hall.


Contact Information

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