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Graduate Students - PhD and Master Degrees

PhD Hooding Ceremony
University Commencement Ceremony
Eligible to Participate
Cap & Gown
Commencement Packet
Commencement Program

PhD Hooding Ceremony - Saturday, May 26

PhD degree candidates are invited to participate in the PhD Hooding Ceremony and reception in Barton Hall on Saturday. Visit the PhD Hooding Ceremony information page for event details and a link to RSVP.

University Commencement - Sunday, May 27

PhD and Master degree candidates participate in the University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday. Candidates will assemble on the Arts Quad by 9:15am wearing cap, gown, hood & tassel to line up for the academic procession to Schoellkopf Stadium. Candidates assemble, process to the stadium, and sit with the college conferring their degree:

    Grad School: PhD
    Grad School: all MPS degrees
    Grad School: Master degrees not listed with other colleges
    Johnson: MBA
    Engineering: MEng
    Hotel School: MMH
    Architecture (AAP): MArch1

Eligibility and Walking Early

Candidates for graduate degrees may order cap & gown and participate in Commencement 2018, regardless of their exam/defense date.

  • Participating Degrees: May '18, December '17, August '17
    Order cap & gown, obtain a Commencement Packet, follow instructions from college and field.
  • Walking-Early Degrees: December '18, August '18
    Candidates for future degrees are welcome to participate in the University Commencement Ceremony but do not need to notify the Commencement Office or RSVP (please order cap & gown). Candidates planning to walk early should order cap & gown and communicate with their college and field, as there may be special instructions to follow or an RSVP to attend a college/field event. All PhD candidates may participate in the PhD Hooding Ceremony on Saturday, as well as Commencement on Sunday, and should RSVP if planning to walk in the PhD Ceremony. Review information posted on the Graduate School website and follow instructions to obtain a commencement packet and order cap & gown.

Cap and Gown

Appropriate academic regalia must be worn by degree candidates participating in formal university, college, and department ceremonies. Cap & Gown may be rented and returned, and a rental outfit includes all pieces appropriate to one's degree.
(Want to purchase regalia to own? Herff Jones sells regalia all year long.)

Commencement Packet

Commencement packets are not mailed to parents of graduate students. Please follow instructions to obtain a Commencement Packet.

Commencement Program

To ensure that your name is printed in the Commencement Program, please review instructions and deadlines on the Graduate School website. Candidates should contact their college directly with any questions about deadlines.


Diplomas are mailed, not distributed at Commencement events.

Grad Student Questions:

Graduate School
143 Caldwell Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York 14853
(607) 255-5820

Procession to Commencement