The Severe Weather Plan (SWP) for Commencement will be enacted if the weather is deemed dangerous with torrential downpour, high winds, lightning, and any other unsafe condition to hold the ceremony outside at the stadium. If it is only raining, the ceremony will remain outdoors at Schoellkopf Stadium.
If severe weather is expected Sunday morning, the ceremony will be delayed or moved indoors. Details will be announced starting 8:00am at www.cornell.edu.
If Delayed: The procession and ceremony may be delayed up to 2 hours, then remain outdoors as planned. Afternoon college event times may adjust, as necessary.
If Moved Indoors (SWP Ceremony): One indoor ceremony for all STUDENTS ONLY will be held inside Barton Hall at 10:30am, with no procession. Families may watch the ceremony remotely on own devices, on or off campus. All details of this SWP are outlined below, as many logistics will change.
Go directly to Barton Hall.
No procession, wear cap & gown, sit with college
9:00am Doors open for students only, in seats by 10:15am
11:30am Leave Barton Hall, join family at college event location or make plans to meet elsewhere
12:00pm Attend college event with your family, if event is afterwards. Otherwise make plans to meet family elsewhere.
Families & Guests
Do NOT go to Barton Hall. Plan to watch the Livestream.
9:00am Go directly to location of your afternoon college event to watch the 10:30 livestream, or watch on your own device at Cornell’s website. If student does not have an event after Commencement, refer to the livestream viewing locations below.
11:30am Student will join you at a college event location or make plans to meet elsewhere.
12:00pm Attend college event with your student, if event is afterwards. Otherwise make plans to meet elsewhere.
Event locations will open early to provide livestream viewing of the Barton Hall ceremony on monitors or from own devices.
Families and Guests who attended college events on Friday or Saturday (don’t have a Sunday college event) may go to the viewing locations below to view the Commencement ceremony livestream on Cornell’s website, or on own devices from hotels, motels, or other locations off campus.
The Commencement ceremony will be streamed online at Cornell’s website, beginning 10:30am EST.
Public Indoor Viewing Locations Near the Stadium
Sage Hall – Many classrooms on the First Floor and Basement level
Vet College – Main Atrium, classrooms 4 & 5 and 1 & 2
Public Indoor Viewing Locations Near Residence Halls
Robert Purcell Community Center – various rooms
Appel Commons – Tanner Lounge
University Residence Halls – many TV Lounges
West Campus – Keeton Dining Room
West Campus – Rose Dining Room
Departmental Indoor Viewing Locations For Families Having Events After Commencement
A&S and Economics Department Families – Klarman Hall, Klarman-Rhodes Auditorium and other rooms in Goldwin Smith
AAP College Families – Bailey Hall
Animal Science Department Families – Morrison Hall, Room 146
CALS Families – Bradfield Hall, Room 101; Plant Science, Room 233
Communication Department Families – Kennedy Hall, Call Auditorium
Food Science Department Families – Stocking Hall, Pepsico Auditorium
Hotel School Families – go to Statler Hall Auditorium & various Beck Center classrooms to view and then go to Barton Hall for the Hotel School ceremony afterwards at 12:15
Human Ecology College Families – Bartels Hall, Newman Arena
ILR School Families – Ives Hall, Rooms 305 and 105
ORIE Department Families – Willard Straight Hall, Okenshields & Ivy Room
Psychology Department Families – Uris Auditorium
Local Spectrum Cable, Channel 16
Campus TVs only (in dorms) on Direct TV Channel 1 or 101
Bus routes will continue to the main bus stop at the Crescent Lot and bus stops close to the various college/department locations across campus.
Since students will be in Barton Hall until 11:30am, families may take their time getting to campus to attend ONLY their student’s college/department event taking place at NOON.