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College Ceremonies & Receptions

College Events | Military Commissioning | Tips & FAQ | Diplomas

In addition to University Commencement (for all colleges & degrees), colleges have their own smaller events planned for Commencement Weekend. Families should plan to attend their student's college event as well as the University Commencement Ceremony. College events are smaller and may include students crossing stage for individual recognition, unlike the large university ceremony.

Diplomas are mailed to graduates, not distributed at Commencement events.

College & Department Events

Below is a list of events that colleges and departments have shared with the Commencement Office. For questions, please contact the event planners listed.

Agriculture & Life Sciences (CALS) Ceremonies & Receptions
Architecture, Art & Planning Ceremonies & Receptions
Arts & Sciences Ceremonies & Receptions
Phi Beta Kappa

Engineering Ceremonies & Receptions
Graduate School Ceremonies & Receptions

PhD Hooding Ceremony
Graduate Students - info page
Hotel Administration Ceremonies & Receptions
Human Ecology Ceremonies & Receptions
ILR School Ceremonies & Receptions
Johnson Graduate School of Management Executive MBA
Residential MBA
Law School Ceremonies & Receptions

Law School Convocation
Veterinary Medicine Ceremonies & Receptions
DVM Hooding Ceremony

Military Commissioning

Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Military Commissioning

Helpful Tips & College Events FAQ

What should guests know?
Please make sure everyone in your party knows the student's college & department so they can look up the event location or ask for directions.

Will my graduate escort me to the college event?
No. Because graduates exit the stadium differently than guests, please plan to meet your graduate at the college/department event.

How are college events different than Commencement?
University Commencement is attended by all degree candidates from all colleges within the university. Degrees are conferred en masse at Commencement; students do not cross stage at Commencement.

Where do graduates get diplomas?
Diplomas are mailed to graduates, not distributed at Commencement events.

What are college events?
These are smaller events for students of a particular college or department, rather than the entire university. Event details vary, but may include individual recognition (students cross stage, name is read aloud), speeches, and/or a reception.

Who attends the college events?
Students and their families & guests.

Who do I call with questions about college events?
Contact the event planner listed.

How do I get to the college event?
Plan to walk or ride a bus to the bus stop closest to the event location.

How do I know which bus stop is closest to my event?
On Commencement day, a campus map noting ceremony locations and bus stops will be included in the Commencement Program handed out at the stadium.

How do mobility-impaired guests get to college events?
Instructions are outlined in a letter that's mailed with mobility-impaired permits. In general, Option 2 guests will walk to certain locations, or take a bus to others. Option 1 guests will walk/wheel to certain locations, or follow turn-by-turn directions to drop off their family member near other locations then search for a place to park.

What if my college/department doesn't have an event planned for Sunday?
Some colleges and departments have events on Saturday rather than Sunday. Students and families who do not have a college/department event to attend on Sunday afternoon will be finished with weekend events when the Commencement Ceremony ends at noon. Students should return their cap & gown at one of the return locations on campus (Teagle Hall, Cornell Store, A-Lot, B-Lot, Plant Science) by 5:00pm.

When do Commencement Weekend events end?
Nearly all campus events have finished by 3:30pm Sunday, and campus roads re-open at 4:00pm. If a student's college or department does not have an event planned for Sunday afternoon, those students & families will be finished with weekend events when the University Commencement Ceremony ends at noon on Sunday.


Contact Information

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