In order to minimize contact with those beyond our campus community, the university will not permit in-person concerts or lectures involving outside guests throughout the fall semester. However, many events will continue to be held virtually, including celebrations such as Homecoming, and the university continues to examine creative, safe opportunities for converting other events and activities into online formats.

Limiting On-and Off-Campus Gatherings

To limit opportunities for that spread, all in-person university-sponsored events and activities will be suspended at least through the end of September. This measure applies to any group activities or gatherings sponsored by a college, department, unit or lab — whether on or off campus. Examples of such gatherings include orientation events, social activities and retirement celebrations. Classes and related academic activities (such as meetings between students and advisors) are exempted from these guidelines; however, all rules related to physical distancing, mask wearing and de-densification remain in effect. Read more: Message to faculty and staff (Aug. 17).

Student Organizations and Gatherings

At this time, student organizations are not permitted to host in-person activities, and all informal student gatherings are limited to 10 or fewer people (face masks and physical distancing required).


On July 8, the Ivy League announced that its member institutions would not hold intercollegiate athletics events and competitions prior to the end of the fall 2020 semester. Practices and other athletic training opportunities for enrolled student athletes are permitted, provided they conform to university safety procedures and applicable state regulations. The status of the remaining winter and spring sports schedules, as well as whether fall sports events and competitions may resume in the spring, will be determined at a later date.


Pending the progression of the pandemic, Cornell has announced the following plans for upcoming Commencement celebrations:

  • Commencement festivities for the Class of ’21 will be held over Memorial Day weekend, Saturday-Sunday, May 29-30, 2021. 
  • December 2020 graduates will celebrate their Commencement with the Class of ’21 on Memorial Day weekend.
  • The university plans to host in-person Commencement celebrations for the Class of 2020 on June 5-6, 2021.

Congratulatory Message Honoring the Class of 2020


While Cornell cannot hold an in-person Homecoming this year, join us online for StayHomecoming, October 9-10. Please check the Homecoming webpage for details and a full schedule.

First-Year Family Weekend

Cornell will not be hosting an in-person Family Weekend in 2020. We are still assessing the feasibility of a virtual event, and will share more information in September. Please check the First-Year Family Weekend webpage for more details.


A special 5th Reunion weekend will be held June 3-6, 2021, for our young alumni classes of 2015 and 2016, and Reunion 2021 will be held June 10-13. Alumni are encouraged to visit the Reunion website for more information.