ITHACA, N.Y. — In a message to the campus community on Friday, Cornell University President Martha Pollack said graduation will go on this year, but it is not yet clear when.
“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,” said Pollack. “But I can say with certainty that your celebration will occur. It will take place in Ithaca.”
The university made the decision to send students home for spring break and ask them not to return. As the switch to online instruction unfolded, Cornell announced a suspension fo classes for three weeks.
The swiftly changing public health situation has made the logistics of throwing an event of the scale of commencement difficult, but Pollack says the university will get creative in their celebration.
“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,” Pollack added.