All in-person summer programs or activities (e.g. summer classes, conferences and events) have been moved online or cancelled. During the fall semester, the university will be suspending in-person concerts and lectures that involve outside guests. And we will promote innovative approaches to socializing while distancing.


In March, the Ivy League Presidents and NCAA announced the cancellation of all athletics practices and competitions through the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. This included all winter and spring championship events, varsity athletic events and recreational/intermural sports.

The status of the fall 2020 athletic season has not been determined.


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.
  • Our postponed June 2020 Commencement celebration for the Class of ’20 will be held during a special 5th Reunion weekend, June 3-6, 2021, hosted by young alumni classes of 2015 and 2016. 

Congratulatory Message Honoring the Class of 2020

Summer 2020

Following public health guidance, all previously scheduled Cornell Summer Session online courses, along with the Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP), Veterans’ Summer Bridge Program, and Cornell in Washington courses, will be delivered online.

All other on-campus Summer Session courses, including Cornell’s Adult University education vacations held during the summer term, will be canceled or converted to online offerings.

With guidance and support from the provost’s office and in collaboration with college academic units, the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions (SCE) is working as quickly as possible to identify and mount additional summer online courses to help ensure continuity of education for undergraduate and graduate students. Contact SCE for more details and updates.


While Cornell cannot hold an in-person Homecoming this year, information about a special StayHomecoming virtual celebration will be shared soon.


Nearly 10,500 Cornellian households joined Virtual Reunion 2020, June 5-6. 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.