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Senior Class Convocation - Saturday

The senior class president, university president, and an invited guest speaker will address degree candidates and their families at Senior Class Convocation, the day before graduation. The senior class will also present its class gift to the university.

Accessibility | Attire | Guest Speaker | Parking | Schedule | Seating | Inclement Weather | Tickets | Live Stream and Indoor Viewing


Saturday, May 26, 2018
Schoellkopf Stadium (gates open 9:00am)

Guest Speaker

Each year, a Convocation speaker is chosen by diverse members of the student senior class who serve as the Convocation Committee. (Note: The Committee will announce the name of its 2018 speaker in the spring.)


Students do not wear cap & gown to this event. Students and guests should dress per their comfort level (business-casual is common). We suggest comfortable shoes for walking. Also, the stadium does not have a roof, so please be adequately prepared for weather (sunblock, umbrella, jacket), as deemed necessary for conditions. Review a list of prohibited items here.


Parking is free all day on campus and in outlying parking lots. Please be aware of road closures and restrictions by reviewing the Parking & Seating page. Also, review the Maps page for Saturday parking locations, campus bus transportation, closed parking lots, and closed campus roads.

Taxis, hotel shuttle vans, chartered buses, and limousines will be treated as private vehicles and are subject to the same parking regulations and road restrictions.


  • Time: Schoellkopf Stadium opens at 9:00am and seating is first come, first served. Guests should plan to be in their seats by 11:30am.
  • Seats: Guests may sit in the Crescent (bleachers) or in chairs on the field. Students sit in the audience with their families.
  • Accessibility: see "Accessibility Planning" section below.
  • Strollers: The stadium is not conducive to strollers.
  • Weather: The stadium does not have a roof, so please prepare for weather (umbrella, sunblock, etc.), as deemed necessary for conditions. (see Inclement Weather Plan)
  • Pets: No animals (other than service animals) are allowed inside Schoellkopf Stadium.


Helpful parking & seating arrangements are available for guests, upon request. Accessibility Plans provide a seating style suitable to the guest, plus a permit to park their vehicle in a specific parking lot that will provide access to their seating location. Accessibility Plans are valid both Saturday and Sunday for attending Convocation and Commencement.

Sign Language

Sign language interpretation is available for Senior Convocation. A sign language interpreter will be located in the Option 1 Mobility Impaired seating area at the south end of Schoellkopf Field. Hearing-impaired guests needing sign language interpretation should (1) apply for an Option 1 Parking Permit to park in the parking garage, and (2) email or call the Commencement Office at 607-255-9541 for a seat in the sign language seating area. Upon entering Schoellkopf Field from the parking garage, ushers and signs will direct guests to the sign language seating area.

Dining - Saturday Lunch Locations

There are several campus dining locations open for lunch on Saturday.

Live Stream, TV, Indoor Viewing Screens

    There are a variety of ways to watch the Senior Convocation event on Saturday.
  • Live Stream: To watch Senior Convocation online, go to at 11:45am and look for the webcast link posted there that morning.
  • Television coverage: Senior Convocation will be televised starting at 11:45am on local Spectrum Time Warner Cable channel 16, viewable on televisions in homes and hotels with Time Warner Cable.
  • Large-screen viewing: Senior Convocation will be broadcast beginning at 11:45am at these indoor locations: The Cornell Store, Robert Purcell Community Center, and dorm lounges.


This outdoor event is open to the public. There are NO TICKETS required and there is no guest limit. However, this will become a ticketed event under the Inclement Weather Plan (see below).

Inclement Weather & Tickets

Senior Convocation will be held outside at Schoellkopf Stadium in good and fair weather on Saturday. If Saturday's weather is inclement (pouring rain, high winds, lightning, and/or cold temperatures), the event will be moved indoors to Barton Hall, and inclement weather tickets (see below) will be required. A decision to enact the Senior Convocation inclement weather plan will be announced starting at 8:00am on Saturday at and To get the latest weather and campus operating status please check If the event is moved indoors, please consider watching the program on CornellCast or on local Time Warner Spectrum channel 16. Viewing sites are also set up in residence halls and the campus store.

Inclement Weather Tickets for Senior Convocation:
(details posted here in May)

Safety and Security

The safety and security of graduates and their guests is of great importance to Cornell University. Information about security procedures may be found here.


For Senior Convocation questions not answered above, please email or call 607-255-5217.

Convocation Questions:

Office of the Dean of Students
Cornell University
518c Willard Straight Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-8201
(607) 255-5217