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Academic Eligibility

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Academic Eligibility

Undergraduate Candidates

Undergraduate degree candidates who have completed all academic requirements for the May 2017, January 2017, and August 2016 conferral dates are eligible to participate in the 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 2017 or January 2018) are also welcome to participate ("walk early") in the May 2017 University Commencement Ceremony.
No RSVP or form to submit to Commencement Office.

Graduate Students

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.

Diploma Frames:
A variety of quality diploma frames are available for purchase at The Cornell Store, either online or in-store.

Contact Information

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