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2020 Commencement ceremony will take place, but be delayed

Cornell President Martha E. Pollack sent the following message to graduating students and the rest of the Cornell community March 20:

You have just about completed intense years of study at Cornell. You’ve done amazing things here, both inside and outside the classroom. In normal times, we would celebrate your accomplishments with commencement on Memorial Day weekend. Commencement is a momentous, milestone celebration, one that everyone in academia, and especially graduating students, their families and their professors look forward to each year.

This year, while degrees will be granted on time, we will not be able to have the ceremony on Memorial Day weekend. But we will celebrate: we will have a commencement – and it will be a joyous one!

We are not yet able to announce a date or location, as that will very much be determined by the progression of the current public health crisis. But I can say with certainty that your celebration will occur. It will take place in Ithaca. All of our graduates and their families will be invited. And we will find creative ways for those who are unable to attend in person to be able to fully participate virtually.  

Thank you again for the incredible flexibility and resolve that each of you has demonstrated over the past few weeks as we have had to adjust to our new, current realities. I emphasize current, because I know that we – as individuals, as Cornellians, as a nation and as a global community – will get through this and be able to once again congregate with friends and neighbors, to return to a normal work routine and to the physical classroom. And we will have your commencement.  

So, stay well. Practice social distancing. And we will be back to you with more information.

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Abby Butler