ITHACA, N.Y. — Cornell University’s Commencement Weekend is upon us! That means the last of the big Collegetown parties are coming to an end for the semester and a flood of people will be crowding into Ithaca at any second.

According to the university, about 5,500 students are receiving their diploma this weekend and a series of activities are planned on campus. A full list of road and parking lot closures can be found here, for anyone needing to navigate the Collegetown area over the weekend.

Cornell released the following schedule of events regarding Commencement Weekend:

Saturday, May 26:

  • Military commissioning: Statler Auditorium, 8 a.m.
  • Senior Convocation: noon at Schoellkopf Stadium with film director Ava DuVernay.
  • University reception: An ice cream social for students, their families and guests on the Arts Quad, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Cornell University Wind Ensemble Concert: international and American music, as well as Cornell songs, on the Arts Quad, 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony: 5 p.m. in Barton Hall. A reception will follow at 6:15 p.m.
  • Senior Week Concert: The Cornell University Chorus and the Glee Club at 8 p.m. in Bailey Hall. Admission is $15 for guests and $5 for students. Tickets are available at or at the door.

Sunday, May 27:

  • 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 campus12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

While there is a 25 percent chance off rain Saturday, thunderstorms are expected on graduation day Sunday. If you’re attending the ceremonies, that could mean a major change of venues. Click here, to stay up to date about what to do if the graduation ceremony gets rained out.

People can sign up to get temporary text messages about emergency notifications and severe weather by texting CornellVisitor to 226-787.

Congratulations, graduates! You did it!

Photos: At least a thousand students attended a Catherine Street party Wednesday afternoon to celebrate the end of the semester. A street permit was denied for the party, but police eventually ended up closing down the roadway and were at the scene for hours to monitor the festivities. (Photos by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice)

Jolene Almendarez

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