Cornell’s commencement weekend scheduled for May 22-24, 2020 has been postponed. In a message to May 2020 graduates, President Pollack committed that a commencement ceremony will still be held in Ithaca for graduates and their families. A date and location will be announced at a later time, as that will be determined by the progression of the current public health crisis. While commencement will be delayed, graduates will receive their degrees on time.
Please visit Cornell’s coronavirus webpage for current information.
Please refer back to this page often to review answers to questions that are coming to our attention. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
Contact us at: Commencement Office email
When will the university make a decision about rescheduling Commencement 2020?
At this time, we do not have an estimated date for an announcement. When government and health officials indicate that planning for major events can take place and set a date for lifting restrictions, university officials will select a new date for Commencement 2020. At this time, officials are exploring various options so that planning can be expedited once we are free to move ahead. When a decision is made, it will be communicated to the Cornell community via e-mail and posts at www.cornell.commencement.cornell.edu.
All August ’19, December ’19, and May ’20 graduates will be invited to participate. We will also have a virtual participation option for those who cannot travel back to Ithaca.
1). If you pre-ordered your cap and gown, you may keep the order as-is. When the time comes, you will pick it up a few days prior to the re-scheduled ceremony and return it on the day of the ceremony.
2). If you pre-ordered and are either undecided or already know you will not be able to attend a future ceremony, your order is on hold. If you do not pick it up later, it will be canceled automatically. You do not need to do anything at this time.
3). The current deadline of April 15th is no longer valid for any orders. Check back when a rescheduled date has been determined, to order cap & gown outfits.
1). Graduate level degree Grads who have pre-ordered and are undecided about attending a future ceremony can cancel the order and receive a full refund.
Call 800-837-4235 to request a refund. 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 a future ceremony.
2). Graduate level degree Grads who will not be able to attend a future ceremony, can cancel a pre-ordered regalia and receive a full refund.
Call 800-837-4235 to request a refund.
3). Click here to purchase PhD regalia from Herff Jones. Note that you can place your order now, but please understand that there will be delays due to the pandemic, as noted on the Herff Jones website.
Diplomas are mailed to the permanent home address provided in Student Essentials – be sure the address is current!
August 2019 and December 2019 diplomas were already mailed.
Refer to the University Registrar Office web site for more information.
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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At this time, all college and department events that were originally scheduled to take place on Commencement Weekend have been postponed. Event information will be added to this site as details become available.
At this time, the PhD Hooding Ceremony that was originally scheduled to take place on Commencement Weekend has been postponed. Event information will be added to this site as details become available.PhD degree candidates will be able to rent regalia at a later date or can purchase regalia.
Click here to purchase PhD regalia from Herff Jones. Note that you can place your order now, but please understand that there will be delays due to the pandemic, as noted on the Herff Jones website.
If you have already placed your order to borrow faculty regalia to wear during the May 2020 Commencement Ceremony, your order will be kept on file. You do not need to cancel the order.If you haven’t ordered faculty regalia yet, you will be able to do so at a later time. As always, there is no charge for borrowing faculty regalia.
If you would like to purchase a Cornell University custom fit outfit or just a hood click here to purchase regalia from Herff Jones. Note that you can place your order now, but please understand that there will be delays due to the pandemic, as noted on the Herff Jones website.