News & Events


Please refer to the master calendar for additional events and information.

    Wednesday, May 6th

  • Memorial Tree Dedication for First Year Student Connor Robinson
    South Entrance of Pauley-Rorem Hall
    3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
    Please join students, faculty, staff, and the parents of Connor Robinson as we dedicate their son's memorial tree at 3:15 p.m. We will gather at the new, south entrance of Pauley-Rorem Hall. For more information, contact the college chaplain at cquehl-engel. Contact: Catherine Quehl-Engel
  • Thursday, May 7th

  • Residence Halls Close for Non-graduating Students
    Various locations
    11:00 a.m.
    Residence halls close at 11 a.m. for all non-graduating students. Contact: Judy Goetschius
  • Friday, May 8th

  • Senior Class Reception
    Hall-Perrine Room, Thomas Commons
    5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    This annual event for graduating seniors is the kick-off for Commencement weekend and has been a school tradition since 1989. President Brand, the Office of Student Affairs, the Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving Office, and members of the Cornell College Faculty & Staff, say good-bye and good luck! This is a semi-formal event. Contact: Alyse Eggebrecht
  • Saturday, May 9th

  • Phi Beta Kappa Induction Ceremony
    Cole Library
    1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Baccalaureate
    King Chapel
    3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    This touching Cornell tradition features playful and meaningful words of gratitude by graduating seniors on behalf of their faculty, family, staff, and friends, as well as music by College organist Dr. Brett Wolgast, and inter-spiritual wisdom for the life journey which includes a message by College Chaplain Catherine Quehl-Engel. This optional event for graduating seniors and their loved ones lasts about an hour. Family and friends should arrive early as King Chapel typically fills for this event. In case of overflow, the ceremony will be shown live onscreen in nearby Law Hall, a fully accessible building. Contact: Catherine Quehl-Engel
  • President's Reception for Seniors and Families
    Bardsley Grand Foyer, Thomas Commons
    4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    President Jonathan Brand welcomes all graduates and their families to celebrate their achievements. The reception will be held directly following Baccalaureate. No RSVP necessary. Contact: RuthAnn Scheer
  • Sunday, May 10th

  • Commencement
    Southeast Lawn of College Hall
    10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
    This culminating moment in each student’s college experience is celebrated with traditional rituals including mortarboards, gowns, faculty in colorful academic regalia, and celebratory music. This event features traditions unique to Cornell such as student and faculty keynote speakers chosen by the senior class as well as seating arranged by student preference instead of alphabetically or by major. The ceremony will take place on the lawn behind College Hall just west of 5th Avenue SW. The area will be open for guests at 8:30 a.m. Adequate seating is available for all who wish to attend. Family members and friends should be seated by 9:45 a.m. so the ceremony can begin at 10 a.m. This event typically concludes by 12:30 p.m. Umbrellas will not be allowed in the seating area. Ponchos will be provided in the event of rain. If severe weather is expected, Commencement will be held in the Small Multi-Sport Center. Notification of the venue change will occur by 10 a.m. Saturday via e-mail to all seniors and on the college’s homepage. Contact: Becki Elkins
  • Residence Halls Close for Graduating Seniors
    Various locations
    6:00 p.m.
    Residence halls close at 6 p.m. for all graduating students. Contact: Judy Goetschius