Rescheduled events for 2020 Graduates and Guests will be held during the weekend of June 5 & 6, 2021.
Details will be updated at this website in early Fall so please refer back often. Thank you for understanding.
Congratulations to the Class of 2020!
Cornell celebrated our graduates and their families with a variety of messages, tributes and activities through social media connections below, #Cornell2020.
President Pollack’s Congratulatory Message Honoring the Class of 2020
Watch virtual toasts by fellow Big Red graduates welcoming you into the Cornell alumni family will be on Twitter and Instragram, #Cornell2020.
Best wishes to you all!
For questions not answered in the sections below please contact us at: Commencement Office email
•Due to the continuing pandemic pause, all cap & gown orders that were pre-ordered before March 20th, will be automatically canceled and any fees paid will be fully refunded within the next 4-6 weeks, from the vendor, Herff Jones. This includes all Bachelor grads who ordered the additional souvenir tassel, Master, and *PhD orders to rent for the May 2020 ceremony that has been postponed.
*NOTE: The automatic cancellation does NOT include PhD Custom orders already purchased by PhD candidates. These orders are being filled and will be mailed as noted on the Herff Jones site.
NEW! OPTIONAL KEEPSAKE CAP & GOWN PURCHASE OFFER: Order by July 15, 2020
•August ’19, December ’19, and May ’20 candidates who would like to purchase an Optional Keepsake Cap & Gown to keep, may do so between now and July 15, 2020. This is an optional, one-time offer for those who want to have outfits for photo opportunities to share with friends and family in late May or June.
•All orders will be shipped for free in the US to the address provided when ordered. There will be a small fee for international addresses. Be sure to enter the address where you will be located during the next 4-6 weeks.
Optional Keepsake Cap & Gown Pricing:
Bachelor Candidates: $16.85
Master Candidates: $40.20
Law Candidates refer to Law School information
PhD Candidates: $94.60
Click here to order Keepsake Items.
For additional information, please contact the Herff Jones customer service team at 1-800-837-4235.
CAP & GOWN ORDERS FOR RESCHEDULED 2020 CEREMONY
If you decide not to purchase a keepsake outfit at this time, the ordering site will re-open at a later date to re-order or order for the first time, if you are able to attend the rescheduled ceremony.
Please check back after a rescheduled date has been announced for more information about ordering.
OPTIONAL PHD CUSTOM REGALIA TO PURCHASE
Click here to purchase personalized, Custom PhD regalia from Herff Jones. For additional information, please contact the Herff Jones customer service team at 1-800-837-4235. Please understand that there will be shipping delays due to the pandemic, as noted on the Herff Jones website.
• Celebrate #Cornell2020 with us on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin
• Watch a Message from Dean of Students
• Enjoy our Class of 2020 Spotlights
• Watch Vice President Lombardi’s Congratulatory Message for 2020 Graduates
• Watch a Congratulatory Message from Student and Campus Life Staff
• Cornell Student Life Instagram
• Chronicle Grad News
Review the 2020 Graduate List to see your name.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL GRADUATION LIST
Due to the production schedule in early May, before grades are final and degrees conferred, this document does not represent an official list of degree recipients. For students who have FERPA suppression on their official records, please note that their names will not be included unless they approved release of this information in writing, prior to the printing deadline in early May. This document is not be used to determine a student’s academic or degree status. The university’s official registry for conferral of degrees is the student’s permanent academic record, maintained by the Office of the University Registrar.
For any questions, please contact the appropriate college registrar listed on the University Registrar Office web site for more information.
May 2020 graduates will receive diplomas in the mail in June/July 2020.
Diplomas are mailed to the permanent home address provided in StudentEssentials – be sure the home address is current!
August 2019 and December 2019 diplomas were already mailed.
Refer to the University Registrar Office web site for more information.
Order formal customized graduation announcements from Balfour to inform family and friends of accomplishments. Balfour also offers thank you notes, etiquette seals, custom seal note cards, return address labels, and certificates of appreciation. For questions regarding specific degree information to print on customized announcements, please contact the student’s college registrar.
Diplomas are mailed to graduates in late June. A variety of quality diploma frames are available online at The Cornell Store throughout the year
The Cornell Store
The Store is only taking online orders at this time. The Cornell Store
Based on guidance from the Ithaca/Tompkins County Convention and Visitors Bureau, some hotels have indicated that they do plan to transfer commencement reservations to the rescheduled dates once announced, or to process refunds for guests who are unable to return at a later date. Some hotels in the area have temporarily closed in order to comply with the New York State on Pause executive order that requires a 100% workforce reduction of non-essential personnel at this time. As such, refunds, cancellations or responses from many hotels may be delayed.
Please check with your hotel to verify their policies related to commencement reservations.
Accessible Parking and Seating at Commencement
If you requested accessible parking and seating during May 2020 Commencement, we have your request on file. Once university officials have set a new date for the 2020 Commencement Ceremony, we will let you know what accessibility option(s) exist that either match your original request or come closest to it. At that time you can let us know whether or not you will travel to Ithaca.
If you have not already requested accessible parking and seating for Commencement 2020, you will be able to do so at a later time.
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