ILR Commencement

ILR Commencement Recognition Ceremony & Reception

Saturday, May 23, 2020

  • 8:00am: ILR graduates and guests arrive in Bartels Hall
  • 8:45am: ILR graduates must be lined up in Bartels Hall
  • 9:00am-10:30am: ILR ceremony, Newman Arena in Bartels Hall
  • 10:30-11:30am: ILR reception, Harry C. Katz Courtyard, Ives Hall

Questions? Contact the ILR Office of Student Services at or (607) 255-2223.

To Do List for Graduating ILR Students

Student and Guest Information

Visit Parking & Directions for more information about parking for the ILR ceremony and other university-wide events. To request parking accommodations for the weekend, visit Accessibility Planning.

General Seating
General seating is open to all guests and does not require reservations. There are no limitations on how many guests students can invite.

Accessible Seating
Guests can request accessible seating by completing the ILR accessible seating request form by May 10. This form is ONLY for seating at the ILR ceremony. It does not provide accommodations for parking during the weekend (including the ILR ceremony) or seating for other university-wide events. To request accessible seating at university-wide events, visit Accessibility Planning at the university website.

All guests must remain in their seats throughout the ceremony. Professional photos will be taken of graduates as they depart the stage and will be sent to the student's Cornell email address following the ceremony. Students and guests can pre-register for graduation ceremony photos online. The link to pre-registration will be added to this page when it becomes available.

The concession stand in Bartels Hall will be open before and during the ceremony from 8-10am for students and guests to purchase light snacks and beverages.

Dress Code
All students must wear their cap and gown to participate in the ceremony. There is no dress code for guests.

Students are not allowed to carry any bags/purses/backpacks with them during the ceremony. If students arrive with any of these items, they will be asked to leave them with family and friends in the stands.

Balloons are not permitted in Newman Arena/Bartels Hall.

Severe Weather Plan
ILR ceremony: The ILR ceremony is held indoors and will continue as planned.
ILR reception: The reception will be canceled if there is severe weather in the area. We will email graduates and an announcement will be made at the end of the ILR ceremony.

Visit the university commencement website for more information about the Severe Weather Plan for the University Commencement Ceremony on Sunday. If the Severe Weather Plan is enacted, guests of ILR graduates are encouraged to watch the ceremony remotely via the livestream on their own devices, off campus. If guests choose to come to campus to watch the livestream, we will have limited seating available in Ives Hall in rooms 105 and 305.