Congratulations to our graduates and proud Cornell families! More than 6,000 candidates for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees will be recognized throughout Commencement Weekend, May 24-26, 2019.
Families have two celebratory events to attend: the university ceremony and a college ceremony. The university Commencement ceremony is on Sunday morning. Many college events take place Friday through Sunday, so you will need to know your student’s college and department to look up their event’s day and time.
PhD candidates and their families are invited to a special PhD Hooding Ceremony on Saturday.
In addition, many families and students like to attend Convocation on Saturday, if their schedule allows.
The daily schedules below list all events planned for the weekend. Overall, the weekend is done by 4:00pm Sunday, but personal schedules will vary based on college events.
Friday is generally a travel day, when many families arrive in town. A few departments have events planned for Friday, though, so be sure to check your student’s college event schedule when making your travel plans.
|times vary||College Events
Check your student’s college event schedule to see if you have a college or department event to attend on Friday.
The largest event on Saturday is Convocation, and all are welcome to attend. A number of colleges and departments have events planned for Saturday as well, so check to see if you have one to attend.
|times vary|| College Events
Check your student’s college event schedule to see if you have a college or department event to attend on Saturday.
Invited guest speaker will address students and guests at Convocation, the day before graduation. All are welcome to attend this optional event at Schoellkopf Stadium.
The university will host an ice cream social for students and families under a large tent on the Arts Quad. Stop by to enjoy Cornell ice cream and light refreshments. Bring a picnic blanket and relax under a shade tree!
|3:00-4:00pm||CU Wind Symphony
Enjoy a CU Wind Symphony performance under the music tent on the Arts Quad. There are no tickets for this informal, optional event. Sit down and enjoy the music while eating your Cornell ice cream from the University Reception. Rain location is Barton Hall.
|5:00-7:00pm||PhD Hooding Ceremony
Ceremony and Reception for all PhD candidates, Barton Hall
Concert in Bailey Hall by renowned Cornell Choirs, information & tickets
Sunday is graduation day! University Commencement is in the morning and ends at noon. Many colleges & departments have events planned for Sunday, so check to see if you have one to attend.
|times vary||College Events
Check for student’s college event schedule to see if you have a college or department event to attend on Sunday.
|12:00-5:00pm||Cap & Gown Return
Regalia must be returned by 5:00pm.