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Severe Weather Plan for Sunday

Our Severe Weather Plan (SWP) is defined as potentially dangerous weather, torrential downpour, high winds, lightning, and any other condition deemed too unsafe to hold the ceremony outside at the stadium. If it is only raining, the ceremony will remain outdoors at Schoellkopf Stadium.
Guests should be prepared for all types of weather.

There are NO TICKETS issued or required for the 2017 Severe Weather Plan.

If severe weather is expected Sunday morning and we need to enact our Severe Weather Plan for Commencement, the ceremony will be delayed or moved indoors. Details will be announced starting 8:00am at

  • Delay Plan: The ceremony will be delayed (up to 2 hours) then held outdoors at Schoellkopf Stadium. Timing of the procession and ceremony would shift accordingly. Afternoon college event times would also adjust, as necessary.
  • Indoor Plan: The ceremony will be moved/held indoors at Barton Hall at 10:30am, and there will be no procession. Please review all details of this plan thoroughly, as outlined below. (details coming in May)

SWP Ceremony - Instructions for Students

Please check back in May for specific details.

SWP Ceremony - Viewing Options for Guests

Please check back in May for specific details.

SWP Schedule

Please check back in May for specific details.

Contact Information

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