ITHACA, N.Y. –– Following suit of Ithaca College, Cornell University announced Tuesday that they will host an in-person commencement this Spring.

In a message to the campus community from Cornell President Martha Pollack she said, “the university plans to host in-person Commencement the weekend of May 29-30 in Schoellkopf stadium.”

Her message continues, outlining protocols to keep the density low as COVID-19 precautions are expected to still be in place. Those include holding multiple small ceremonies as opposed to one large one, and limiting the ceremony to include only Ithaca-based programs. Parents and guests will not be allowed, but the ceremony will be livestreamed virtually.

While the school has set its sights on holding a ceremony, the final details and logistics are still being worked out.

“Even though this year’s ceremonies will look different than they have in years past, we are working hard to ensure that all of this year’s events will become memories to cherish,” President Pollack said. “I look forward to sharing additional details as they become available, and to celebrating your accomplishments, which are even more notable during this extraordinary time.”

In her announcement Pollack also mentioned an in-person celebration planned for 2020 graduates who had their commencement cancelled due to COVID-19. The event will be held in Ithaca during Homecoming 2021 –– September 17 through September 19.

The full message from Pollack can be found here.

Anna Lamb

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