All Cornell University faculty are welcome to participate in Commencement Weekend events on the Ithaca campus. Faculty wear academic regalia if participating in University Commencement and college & department recognition ceremonies. Faculty may wear their own regalia, or borrow at no cost for the entire weekend.
Faculty may wear their own regalia, or borrow at no cost for the entire weekend. A faculty rental outfit will include a black robe, Cornell PhD hood, and one-size-fits-all soft tam with a gold tassel.
The pre-order deadline is passed. The vendor brings many extras so rest assured you may obtain an outfit. Please plan to go to the pick up location below and let the vendor know you did not pre-order and they will provide a cap, gown and hood for you. You do not have to pay a late fee.
Pick Up: May 23-25
10am-6pm, Teagle Hall 1st floor multipurpose room
Return: May 26, by 5pm
Teagle Hall, 1st floor multipurpose room
The Cornell Store
A Lot (parking lot on North Campus)
B Lot (parking lot near Vet College)
Faculty wishing to purchase regalia items specific to your personal degree and alma mater may contact Herff Jones directly. Regalia purchases are personal transactions, separate from rental instructions shown above. Custom regalia may need to be ordered as early as April 1st to have in time for Commencement, so please plan accordingly.
Faculty are encouraged to participate in Sunday’s formal Commencement procession and ceremony, wearing academic regalia.
9:15am – Faculty assemble on Arts Quad, wearing regalia
All faculty, including emeritus professors, assemble on the sidewalk at the southeast corner of Morrill Hall.
9:40am – Procession to Schoellkopf begins
The university marshal, the dean of the faculty, and the faculty marshals will lead the faculty past the presidential reviewing party to the sidewalk along Olin Library and into the Day Hall parking lot. The group will divide and line both sides of the sidewalk to allow the academic procession to pass between the two lines.
9:45 – 11:00am – Procession & arrival at Schoellkopf Field
Once the students file past the faculty, the faculty rejoin the procession and proceed to Schoellkopf Field. Volunteers and faculty marshals will direct faculty down the appropriate aisles to their seats.
11:00am – Noon – Commencement Ceremony
At the conclusion of the ceremony, the president, college deans, trustees, administrative staff, and faculty exit in that order using the center aisle.
Interior central campus roads will be closed to all traffic 8am-4pm on Commencement Day. Refer to the parking page for details.
Forest Home Parking Garage: If you are going directly to the Arts Quad to assemble for the procession to Schoellkopf, consider parking in the Forest Home Parking Garage (open, free) then walking over to the Arts Quad.
Other Parking: Faculty may also park on Central Ave (arrive via University Ave) or the Sibley Lot (arrive via University Ave), then walk to the Arts Quad to assemble for the procession to Schoellkopf.
Buses: Buses will run continuous routes across campus 7:30am-5:00pm with stops at A Lot, West Campus, Central Campus, and B Lot. If riding a bus to the Arts Quad, exit at the Uris Hall bus stop, then walk to Morrill Hall on the Arts Quad to assemble for the procession to Schoellkopf.
Severe Weather Plan
If we enact our Severe Weather Plan on Sunday, the Commencement ceremony will move inside to Barton Hall, and the procession through campus will not take place. In this situation, we regret that faculty will be unable to attend the indoor ceremony due to space limitations, so please plan to attend your college or department event, per the severe weather schedule.
Faculty are welcome to attend Saturday’s PhD Hooding Ceremony in Barton Hall, and encouraged to participate in the formal procession, wearing academic regalia. Participating faculty will march in the procession and be guided to a seating area by the stage, but will not hood candidates. Faculty may also attend as a guest, not march in regalia, and sit in the audience. All are invited to enjoy the reception immediately following the ceremony.
Arrival and Schedule
4:30-4:40 Faculty arrive inside Barton Hall
4:45 Line up at “Faculty” sign at Garden Ave side of Barton
5:00-6:15 Ceremony with formal procession
6:15-7:00 Reception with light refreshments
Campus roads are open at the time of this event. Faculty may look for parking near Barton Hall, including Hoy Road Parking Garage.
Faculty are welcome to wear borrowed regalia to college and department ceremonies taking place throughout the weekend. College and department events vary by day, time, and location. For questions about a specific event, please contact the event planner.
Follow your usual parking plan on Friday, displaying your campus parking permit. You do not need to park in your permit location on Saturday or Sunday. Please review weekend parking information and plan accordingly as certain roads on central campus are closed during the weekend. If you have questions about parking for a specific college or department event, please contact the event planner.