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2020 Commencement Schedule of Events

UPDATE: Commencement for the Class of 2020 has been postponed until we are safe to gather again in large groups, date TBD. Virtual Commencement will be broadcast live on Cornell's Facebook page beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 17.

Friday, May 8  Sunday, May 10

General hours

Bookstore hours for Commencement weekend

Friday: 8:30 a.m.6 p.m.
Saturday: Noon5:30 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: 56 p.m.
Sunday: Brunch: noon1:30 p.m. 

Friday, May 8

Senior Class Reception

5:307:30 p.m.
Hall-Perrine Room, Thomas Commons
*Seniors, faculty, and staff only

Saturday, May 9

Phi Beta Kappa Inauguration Ceremony

1:302:30 p.m.
Cole Library


34 p.m.
King Chapel

Guests should plan to arrive by 2:45 to ensure seating in King Chapel is available.  

Baccalaureate Reception

45:30 p.m.
Marie Fletcher Carter Pedestrian Mall. Serving light hors d’oeuvres only with cash bar. 

Sunday, May 10

Commencement ceremony

10 a.m.noon

No tickets are required and adequate seating is available for all who wish to attend. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and guests should be seated by 9:45 a.m. The ceremony begins promptly at 10 a.m. 


Noon1:30 p.m.

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 April 1May 9 at the Hilltop Café or by calling dining services at 319.895.4499. Advance ticket prices are $13 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. 

Residence halls close (Spring Closing Information)

6 p.m.