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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 mlong@cornellcollege.edu.

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

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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.