President Pollack, Bill Nye ‘77 highlight Cornell’s Commencement

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Abby Butler


Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack’s Commencement address and science educator Bill Nye’s Senior Convocation address highlight Cornell’s 151st Commencement Weekend.


Saturday, May 25, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
Sunday, May 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Schoellkopf Stadium, Ithaca Campus


Media members must RSVP to Abby Butler in Cornell’s Media Relations Office at 607-255-6074 or by Thursday, May 23 at 3 p.m. to receive media credentials for admittance to the event. 

ITHACA, N.Y. – Cornell University President Martha E. Pollack’s Commencement address and science educator Bill Nye’s Senior Convocation address will highlight Cornell’s 151st Graduation and Commencement Weekend, May 25-26, when approximately 5,500 students will receive their degrees.

Both events will be held at Schoellkopf Stadium; seating is first-come, first-served.

Senior Convocation is Saturday, May 25, at 12:30 p.m. In addition to Nye, Senior Class President Andrew Semmes and Convocation Chair Charlotte Lefkovitz will speak. Gates open at 10 a.m. In the event of severe weather, the event will move into Barton Hall, where admission will be by electronic ticket only. Under such severe weather conditions, the convocation event will be streamed to Bailey Hall, Klarman Hall auditorium, Call auditorium and Lynah Rink.

Commencement is Sunday, May 26, with the procession to enter the stadium at 10 a.m. and the president’s address at 11 a.m. Gates at Schoellkopf open at 8 a.m.

Commencement exercises will be held outdoors. If severe weather occurs, the graduation ceremony will be delayed or moved indoors. In the event of a delay, the procession and ceremony may be postponed up to two hours, then remain outdoors as planned. If the ceremony is moved indoors, it will be held for students only in Barton Hall at 10:30 a.m. Under severe weather conditions, families and guests can watch the livestream of the Barton Hall ceremony at their student’s college. Check the severe weather plan for details and for updates.

Commencement will be broadcast live on and on Ithaca’s Spectrum Cable Channel 16.

Graduation Weekend events include:

Saturday, May 25:

  • Senior Convocation: 12:30 p.m. at Schoellkopf Stadium with science educator Bill Nye ’77.
  • Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony: 5 p.m. in Barton Hall. A reception will follow at 6:15 p.m.
  • Senior Week Concert: The Cornell Choirs at 8 p.m. in Bailey Hall. Admission is $15 for guests and $10 for students. Tickets are available at

Sunday, May 26:

  • Schoellkopf Stadium seating starts at 8 a.m.
  • The academic procession assembles on the Arts Quad at 9:15 a.m. and marches into Schoellkopf Stadium beginning at 10 a.m.
    Commencement Ceremony: President Martha E. Pollack will deliver the Commencement Address at 11 a.m.
  • College and school ceremonies: various locations across campus.

Some parking lots and roads will be closed during the weekend.

Safety and Security
The Cornell Police will conduct bag-check security at both Convocation and Commencement.

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