2019 Commencement

Use this page to help you prepare for Commencement weekend, Friday, May 10 - Sunday, May 12, 2019

Please Note: Baccalaureate and Commencement rehearsals are for student marshals and platform party members only and not for the entire senior class.

Weekend Events

Additional information

Commencement weekend brunch tickets

Each graduate receives three complimentary tickets (one for the graduate and two for guests) for brunch in the Hilltop Café following the Commencement ceremony. Additional tickets may be pre-purchased May 9-12 at the Hilltop Café or by calling dining services at 319.895.4499. Advance ticket prices are $12 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $6 for children under 12. There is no charge for children under 3. 

Announcements and cap & gown orders

Commencement announcements are coordinated through our campus bookstore. Announcements and your cap and gown are ordered online. Cap and gown orders must be completed by April 4. You will pay for and pick up orders at the bookstore after May 8. The cap and gown total cost is $48.

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

Senior and Faculty Speaker selection

One tradition is for the senior class to nominate the Faculty Speaker (selected by the President) and select the Senior Speaker. Final election of the senior speaker from the top five nominees will be conducted in April.


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.