Cornell College plans in-person May Commencements

Cornell College is planning in-person May Commencements outdoors on Van Metre Field at Ash Park for the Classes of 2020 and 2021. The college will adhere to COVID-19 protocols including requiring face masks for attendees and proper distancing for all participants and guests.

Events will begin with a Commencement for the Class of 2020, which had a virtual Commencement in 2020. Plans include:

  • Saturday, May 15, Commencement for the Class of 2020. 
  • Saturday, May 15, Baccalaureate service for the Classes of 2020 and 2021.
  • Sunday, May 16, Commencement for the Class of 2021. A second ceremony will be announced soon if it is determined there is inadequate space for one ceremony or government regulations limit the size of outdoor gatherings.

Families will be invited, though tickets likely will be limited to four per graduate. 

The outdoor events will be held rain or shine, however, all plans may need to be modified depending on the course of the pandemic this spring. 

An expanded Commencement Committee is working hard to plan ceremonies that are memorable and safe. Additionally, significant adjustments are being made to reduce the chance for COVID-19 transmission. One thing that won’t change: graduates will walk across the stage.

Times, ticket information, and other updates will be announced soon on the Commencement pages of our website.

Cornell’s Van Metre Field at Ash Park, home to Cornell’s football, track & field, and lacrosse programs, reopened in 2018 after major renovations featuring a new field entrance plaza, home grandstand seating, scoreboard, and concessions stand. The former grass field was turfed in 2013.