Category Archives: Student Life Office

Taste of Home – Juniors

Hello Class of 2019!

How would you like an opportunity to enjoy a great home-cooked meal or homemade desserts while relaxing in a welcoming home?

You are invited to participate in an experience like no other available on campus. Various staff and faculty that live locally have signed up to host a gathering in their Mount Vernon homes just for senior class students on Sunday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.!

All you need to do is complete this form no later than Tuesday, Nov. 7th, show up at the address provided, and enjoy!

Transportation is up to you, however all locations are within 1 mile of campus. Addresses and directions will be provided after sign up.

Questions?  ABaumanPower

Weeks of Welcome!

Get your year off to a super start!

Monday, Sept. 4

All College Gathering at 9 a.m., King Chapel

Poster Sale, Outside the Thomas Commons

Sept. 4, 6, 8

Intramural Tabling, Thomas Commons Lobby

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Spiritual  Life Sign up Booth

A Campus Dialogue-Charlottesville at 6:30 p.m., OC

Wednesday, Sept. 6

JV Volleyball at 6 p.m.

Volleyball at 7:30 p.m.

Night Prayer at 6:30 p.m., Allee Chapel

Thursday, Sept. 7

Servapalooza at 5-7 p.m., OC (Sponsored by the Civic Engagement Office)

 Friday, Sept. 8

Breakfast Bars at 8:15 a.m. on the Ped Mall

Meditation at 11:15 a.m., Allee Chapel

Involvement Fair at 3:30 p.m., OC

Paint U Dance Party from 8-11 p.m., Smith Dining Hall (Sponsored by PAAC)

Plus…Weekly specials for Sunday Night Football in Zarmora’s.

Weekly yoga classes on Tuesdays at 3:30 p.m. in Shaw.

Weekly mediation on Fridays at 11:15 a.m. in Allee Chapel.

Weekly Farmer’s Markets outside the First Street Community Building Thursdays from 4-6 p.m.

Questions? ABaumanPower


2016 Commencement Schedule of Events

Friday, May 6 – Sunday, May 8, 2016

General hours

Bookstore hours for Commencement weekend

Friday: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Saturday: Noon-5:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Hilltop Café hours for Commencement weekend

Saturday: Lunch: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. | Dinner: 5-6 p.m.
Sunday: Continental breakfast: 7:30-8:30 a.m. | Brunch: 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Friday, May 6

Senior Class Reception

5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hall-Perrine Room, Thomas Commons

Saturday, May 7

Phi Beta Kappa Inauguration Ceremony

1:30-2:30 p.m.
Cole Library


3-4 p.m.
King Chapel

Guests should plan to arrive by 2:45 to ensure seating in King Chapel is available.
Baccalaureate will be livestreamed here.

President’s Reception for Seniors and Families

4-5:30 p.m.
Bardsley Grand Foyer, Thomas Commons

Sunday, May 8

Commencement ceremony

10 a.m.-noon

The ceremony will be held outdoors on the quad bordered by South Hall, College Hall, and Norton Geology.

Note: If you do not plan to participate in Commencement, please contact the Registrar’s Office at 319-895-4374 or

When do I need to be there? What should I wear?

Seniors must arrive at 9 a.m. in King Chapel to line up for the commencement ceremony.  Seniors will then proceed to the ceremony location (College Hall lawn) once everyone has assembled.

College staff will assist seniors with lining up and processing. Once the senior line is ready, the academic marshals will lead the seniors through the faculty and staff line and into the seating area.

What if there is severe weather expected during the outdoor ceremony?

If severe weather is expected, Commencement will be held in the Small Multi-Sport Center. Seniors will still be expected to line up for the ceremony at 9 a.m., but line-up will occur in the gym upstairs in the Sport Center. Notification of the venue change will occur by noon Friday via e-mail to all seniors and will be placed on the college’s homepage. If outdoors, umbrellas will not be allowed in the seating area. Ponchos will be provided in the event of rain.

What should I expect during the ceremony?

Cornell has a proud tradition of affinity seating, giving seniors the opportunity to sit with close friends from their class during the Commencement ceremony.

During the ceremony, the marshal will notify your row when you are to stand and move to the platform. You will enter the platform from the north side, receive your diploma cover from President Brand when your name is read, and exit the south side.

The ceremony will conclude with a benediction and recessional (for platform party and faculty only) during which everyone will stand and remain standing until the recessional is over.

When and where do I pick up my diploma?

After the ceremony please remember to pick up your diploma from the tables along the Ped Mall on the west side of College Hall prior to 1 p.m. Additional information about diploma distribution is available on the Registrar’s website.

The ceremony will be held outdoors on the quad bordered by South Hall, College Hall, and Norton Geology.  No tickets are required: adequate seating is available for all who wish to attend. Guests should arrive and be seated by 9:45 a.m. as the ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m.
In the event that Commencement is moved indoors to the Small Multi-Sport Center, doors open at 8:30 a.m.

The Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed here.


Each graduate receives three complimentary tickets for brunch in the Hilltop Café following the Commencement ceremony. Additional tickets may be pre-purchased at a discounted rate of $10/adult and $5/children under 12. Tickets at the door are $13/adult and $6/children 12. There is no charge for children under 3. Tickets may be pre-purchased at the Hilltop Café or by contacting Joan Homrich, director of dining services, at (319) 895-4363.

Residence halls close (Spring Closing Information)

6 p.m.

Social media

Share graduation pictures and messages on social media using #CornellCGrad.


If you have any questions about Commencement weekend schedules and procedures, please feel free to call or stop by the Office of Academic Affairs on the second floor of Old Sem, 319-895-4210.


Happy One Course at a Time Day!

On March 9, 1978, the faculty voted to implement the one course at a time curriculum at Cornell.  For the second year, we’re celebrating the anniversary on the first day back from spring break to kick off Block 7! Over lunch, we’ll look for you to share some of the reasons you love #onecourse with our photobooth (check out the album from last year), but throughout the day, we’d love to see some of your favorite pieces about #onecourse throughout social media.

Bonus: Take the One Course quiz to find out what class you should have taken in the first year of the block plan!


Be a PA!

Be a part of the New Student Orientation Team!

Applications are available from NOW until February 19th.

Stop by the Student Life office across from Zamora’s to pick up and drop off your application! More info on the process here.

ALSO interested applicants need to attend one of the following Info sessions:

Wednesday 2/10/16  @ 11:00 am


Friday 2/12/2016 @ 3:30 pm


?’S Contact: @GGump18, @AMendez17, @CRossier18 or @JWolfe17

We’re Hiring!

The hippest office on campus is hiring for the 2016-2017 school year!

Apply for the following positions in the Student Life Office:

Digital Marketing Assistant (Digital media and graphic design)

  • Responsibilities:
    • Design visually engaging, informative graphic advertisements for Digital Wall and Table tents, using various computer programs
    • Manage requests from student groups/College departments and be aware of other events for students that need advertising.
  •  Desired Qualifications:
    • Flexible schedule; art/design experience; previous marketing experience and/or interest; basic working knowledge of Microsoft Powerpoint and Publisher.
    • Photoshop and other more developed graphic design experience is a serious bonus.

Content Marketing Assistant (Social media management, event photography, and online writing)

  • Responsibilities:
    • Write engaging and informative posts for the blog and social media accounts to highlight different aspects of student life and events on campus.
    • Manage advertising requests from student groups/College departments and be aware of other events for students that need advertising on Cornell gateway featured posts and social media accounts.
    • Take photos of student activities/events, upload to online profiles.
    • Schedule consistent posts on Twitter/Hootsuite and Facebook, interact with followers. 
  • Desired Qualifications:
    • Flexible schedule; attention to detail; personable and clear writing style adaptive to various media; knowledge of social media platforms and audience engagement; interest in campus events and student involvement.

Technical Assistant

  • Responsible for setting up technical equipment for events in the Commons (microphone, projector, sound, etc)
  • Desired Qualifications: some knowledge of tech equipment; hours vary based on campus events.

Apply by sending a resume with any relevant experience to:  and before Spring Break.

You do not need to qualify for workstudy to have a position in the office and you have the opportunity to gain working experience.  Note: Positions start in the fall.

Email us at the above addresses if you have any questions.

Advertise here!

Part of a student group and want to share event/organization information with the rest of campus?

Your friendly Student Life Office student assistants want to remind you of the process of requesting advertising help with your events:

  1. You can send in requests to us HERE for the following outlets:
    • Digital wall (tv screens in the commons)
    • Table tents in Cafe Bon Appetit
    • Thomas Commons Twitter
    • Student gateway portal on the Cornell website
  2.  Please send in requests at least a week ahead of time to make sure we have enough time to put your events up!
    • *NOTE: Table tent requests need to be sent in by 4 pm on the Wednesday before the week of the event. (No exceptions; They don’t magically design/print themselves! -thx)
  3. We highly welcome your creativity and insight in sending in your requests. (After all, you know your event best) Therefore, the more information you send in to us, the better.
    • Make sure it’s in an editable file! (No PDFs, please)
    • Send the link to the Facebook event so we can direct people right to it online!
    • Photos! The bigger, the better.
    • If you want to design your own Digital wall slide, download the template HERE (underneath “Electronic templates”). The template will make the ad show up the best!
  4. General instructions for making your event(s) successful, including how to advertise with other forms on campus (Master Calendar, etc) can be found HERE.
  5. Bonus: If you want to write something for this blog, email us at and we’ll set something up!