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Commencement planning resource for families, students, faculty, staff, and volunteers

Events & Schedule

Congratulations to our 2019 graduates and proud Cornell families! More than 6,000 candidates for undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees were recognized throughout Commencement Weekend.

Next year’s events will take place May 22-24, 2020.

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.

2020 Weekend Schedule

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.

2020 Families PLEASE NOTE:  During the summer these events will be updated but for most events, they’ll remain the same. So review the information below on all 3 days to have an idea of events to make your weekend plans.

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