In order to minimize contact with those beyond our campus community, the university will not permit in-person concerts or lectures involving outside attendees at this time. However, many events will continue to be held virtually, and the university continues to examine creative, safe opportunities for converting other events and activities into online formats. In-person activities for student organizations are planned to resume in the spring.
Student Organizations and Gatherings
All intramural, club sports and group recreational and fitness activities involving 10 participants or fewer are allowed outdoors pending space availability. Check the Club Sports website for details on policy and guidelines. All participants in any activity must maintain six feet of distance and wear a face covering at all times.
Student organizations are permitted to host in-person activities, programs, and meetings in groups of 10 or fewer. Tabling is not allowed at this time. All in-person gatherings must be registered in CampusGroups, attendance must be tracked, and food is not permitted. Student organizations must reserve space through the university events scheduling system. The Campus Events Office will review requests to confirm your program meets all campus health and safety standards.
On February 18, 2021, the Ivy League announced that its member institutions will not conduct intercollegiate athletics competitions in spring sports for the 2021 season. In addition, competitions for fall sports during the spring semester will not be held, and intercollegiate athletics competitions for winter sports will not be conducted.
The university plans to host in-person Commencement the weekend of May 29-30 in Schoellkopf stadium. To keep density low, Cornell will hold a series of smaller ceremonies instead of our customary singular large Commencement. A variety of formats are under consideration, and final decisions will be informed by New York state guidance. Attendance will be limited to members of the Class of 2021 in Ithaca-based programs. This includes graduating seniors, graduating graduate and professional students, and students who completed degrees in August or December 2020. These graduates, whether currently in the Ithaca area or studying remotely, will all be invited to attend in-person Commencement ceremonies. When invitations are sent out, Cornell will include instructions about the health and safety precautions that must be followed before and during the events.
Class of 2020
Our plans to honor the accomplishments of the Class of 2020 include:
- A very special virtual celebration event on Sunday, June 13 at 1:00 P.M. EST as part of Virtual Reunion;
- An in-person celebration for 2020 graduates and their families to be held in Ithaca during Homecoming 2021 (September 17-19, 2021); and
- A singular 5th Reunion planned for June 5-8, 2025.
After consulting with alumni volunteers and campus partners, and carefully considering the continuing public health risk and uncertainty due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to host this year’s Reunion celebrations virtually instead of on campus as we had hoped. As with Virtual Reunion 2020, we welcome all alumni to participate in Virtual Reunion 2021 programming. Alumni are encouraged to visit the Reunion website for more information.