Ithaca, N.Y. — Bill Gates is at Cornell on Wednesday to dedicate Gates Hall, a new computer and information science building to which he donated $25 million.

(Photos here courtesy of Cornell. Gates here with Dean Haym Hirsh.)

At Wednesday’s ceremony, Gates discussed “the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in advancing computer science,” according to a statement from Cornell.

Gates also brought a baseball glove to catch errant fly balls from the nearby Hoy baseball field, according to Matthew Hayes, who is live Tweeting the event here.

Hundreds of people appeared to be on hand for the dedication.

President David Skorton also spoke at the event.

Gates said computer science has a role in every problem our world faces, according to the Cornell Information Science department.

He may also be sitting through some classes.

Gates said, “I now pronounce this building dedicated,” according to social media accounts.

Check back later for The Voice’s coverage of Gates’ talk with students at 4:30 p.m. today.


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.