Virtual Commencement honors ‘resilient’ Class of 2020

More than a year after they left campus and moved on to the next stage of their lives, the Class of 2020 came together once again, in celebration, with a virtual Commencement June 13.

An unconventional send-off for veterinary class of 2021

The class comprises 107 newly minted veterinarians with career plans that range from emergency medicine to dairy practices and laboratory animal residencies.

Face-to-face: Families celebrate the newest Cornell grads

Four Commencement ceremonies were held May 29-30, spaced out to meet health guidelines. Though campus was less crowded, the campus mood was warm and celebratory.

Grads feted in person: ‘Where you were meant to be all along’

Across four separate Commencement ceremonies May 29 and 30, President Martha E. Pollack lauded members of the Class of 2021 for their educational success in the face of a global pandemic that upended their lives – and for diligently adhering to the public health guidelines that helped pave the way for an in-person graduation weekend.

Tested by pandemic, ROTC seniors start military careers

In a hybrid ceremony May 28 in Bailey Hall, 21 graduating members of Cornell’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps received commissions as officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

Roxane Gay dares Class of ’21 to nurture big dreams

In her Convocation address, author and social commentator Roxane Gay challenged the Cornell Class of 2021 to be true to themselves and to their dreams, however wild they may be.

An ‘even sweeter’ graduation

At Schoellkopf Field this weekend, 309 ILR degree candidates will be celebrated. For many, it will be a moment of thankfulness.  

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Merrill Scholars thank educators who shaped Cornell journeys

In a virtual ceremony May 24, this year's 37 Merrill Presidential Scholars, who represent the top 1% of graduating seniors, recognized the high school teacher and university faculty or staff member who most influenced their academic development.

Cornell sets protocols for healthy, safe Commencement

This weekend’s ceremonies for Cornell’s 153rd graduating class will look different due to COVID-19 safety precautions and protocols – but they promise to be as memorable and meaningful as ever.