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Weekend Schedule

Friday | Saturday | Sunday - Graduation Day!

Students and their guests will have at least two Commencement Weekend events to attend: University Commencement on Sunday morning, and a college or department event on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Many families like to attend Senior Convocation on Saturday as well. With over 100 events happening all across campus, there is not a one-size-fits-all weekend itinerary. However, the schedule below will help you to plan your family's special weekend. (You'll need to know your student's college and department.)

Of Interest: Cornell Store | Visit Ithaca | Worship | Catholic Mass

Friday, May 25, 2018

Friday is a generally a travel day for families. However, a few departments have events planned for Friday, so check college event schedules to see if you have one to attend.

college event schedules

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday can be a busy day, as many events are happening all across campus. The largest event on Saturday is Senior Convocation. Several college & department events are also planned for Saturday, so check college event schedules to see if you have one to attend.

college event schedules
Senior Class President, University President, and invited guest speaker will address students and guests at Senior Convocation, the day before graduation, at Schoellkopf Stadium. ...more
2:00-3:30pm University Reception
The university will host an ice cream social for graduates and their guests. This informal event will be held outdoors under a large tent on the Arts Quad.
2:45-3:45pm CU Wind Symphony
Arts Quad, under tent. Free, no tickets. ...more
5:00-7:00pm PhD Hooding Ceremony
Barton Hall. ...more
8:00-9:45pm Glee Club & Chorus Concert
Bailey Hall. information & tickets

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Sunday is graduation day! University Commencement is in the morning and ends at noon. Many colleges & departments have afternoon events planned following Commencement, so check college event schedules to see if you have one to attend.



Procession & Ceremony - all colleges, all degrees
Schoellkopf Stadium. ...more
park-n-ride bus to stadium; seating in Crescent bleachers
accessibility plan for other parking/seating arrangements
8:00-9:30am - guests seated at stadium by 9:30 latest
9:15-9:30am - students assemble on the Arts Quad
10:00-11:00am - PROCESSION - watch for your student!
11:00am-Noon - CEREMONY
College event schedules
Many college events are planned for Sunday afternoon, following Commencement. Events have varying end times, but campus events are generally finished by 3:30pm. Colleges that held events on Friday or Saturday may not have an event to attend on Sunday afternoon, so those graduates & families will be finished with weekend events when Commencement ends at noon.
Students must return cap & gown by 5pm Sunday.
12:00-5:00pm Cap & Gown Return
Graduates & Faculty MUST return gowns & hoods by 5:00pm Sunday at a collection center on campus:
- Teagle Hall, Multipurpose Room
- The Cornell Store
- A Lot (parking lot on North Campus)
- B Lot (parking lot near Vet College)

Contact Information

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