Class of 2018 to celebrate Commencement May 13

The Class of 2018 is wrapping up the final block of their studies at Cornell College, and soon they’ll be accepting their diplomas.

The family and friends of 216 Cornell graduates will celebrate their success at the 160th annual Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 13. Fifty-three of them have two or more majors.

The ceremony for the class of 2018 starts at 10 a.m. and will be held, weather-permitting, outdoors on the quad bordered by South Hall, College Hall, and Norton Geology. No tickets are required. Guests should be seated by 9:45 a.m.

Commencement will feature a faculty speaker and a senior speaker. Caitlin Stieber ’18 was selected as the student speaker. Stieber is from Sterling Heights, Michigan, and is going to graduate school at the University of Maine to get her Ph.D. in biomedical sciences after graduation. Chris Penn-Goetsch,  Professor of Art History, was selected as the faculty speaker. The graduating class nominates the speakers. Then seniors vote for one of the top three student nominees, while the president and dean of the college select the faculty speaker out of the top three nominees.

After Commencement, each graduate receives three complimentary tickets for brunch at the Hilltop Café (one for the graduate and two for guests). 

Crowd shot of Commencement 2017
Commencement 2017

If the ceremony is moved indoors due to weather, it will be held at the Richard and Norma Small Multi-Sport Center. Doors will open at 8:30 a.m.

Baccalaureate will occur from 3–4 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at King Chapel. The college is asking guests to be seated by 2:45 p.m. This Cornell tradition features playful and meaningful words of gratitude from graduating seniors on behalf of their faculty, family, staff, and friends, and inter-spiritual wisdom for the life journey which includes a message by Chaplain of the College Catherine Quehl-Engel, a 1989 Cornell graduate.

Other events are also scheduled throughout the weekend.

Follow the event on social media with #CornellCGrad and look for the geofilter on Snapchat.