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Attendance Information


Class of 2018



SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018




                                 List of Graduation Award Winners

PH.D.; Masters; M.Eng.; and B.S. Degrees will be recognized

                                Schedule for graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 26, 2018

  • 8:00 am Doors open for seating at Bailey Hall Auditorium
  • 8:45 am Ceremony begins
  • 10:00 am Ceremony ends;
  • 10:10 am Graduates and guests exit the auditorium; B.S. M.E. graduates gather on steps of Bailey Hall for a group photo.
  • 10:15 am Reception begins on Bailey Hall Plaza
  • 11:15 am Reception ends
  • 12:00 pm Convocation begins at Schoellkopf Stadium

Additional Information:

1.       Students:  Please give tickets to your MAE Graduation Ceremony guests in advance of Saturday a.m. Graduating students will not require tickets; only guests will need tickets.

2.       A designated overflow space, 122 Rockefeller Hall (scroll down for map), will be available for guests who do not have tickets to the MAE ceremony.  The ceremony will be live streamed to 122 Rockefeller Hall. 

3.       All guests are invited to the reception on Bailey Plaza, in front of Bailey Hall, following the conclusion of the MAE Graduation Ceremony.

4.       Look for restroom signs on Bailey Plaza during the reception.

5.       If you and/or your guests plan to attend Convocation, please note that you may need to leave the reception before it's official conclusion.  


  • Accessibility and parking information for Bailey Hall can be found here.
    *Please note that guests with reduced mobility and/or limited stamina may arrive at the southwest side of Bailey Hall, near the entrance to the lower lobby at the southwest corner of the building (to the left of the main doors as you face Bailey Hall from the plaza). There is an elevator in the lobby for patrons’ use. A small lift in the auditorium may be used to transfer guests to and from the orchestra level. There is no parking in front of Bailey Hall.
  • A map of accessible parking/entrances can be found here.
  • Parking is available in the Hoy Road Garage or the Forest Home Garage, off of Forest  Home Drive, at the Human Ecology Building. View searchable map.
  • Saturday and Sunday Campus Driving Routes and Bus Stops.  

General Information:

  • FOUR tickets will be distributed to each graduating student between May 7 and May 11, 2018.  Students are instructed where to pick up their MAE Graduation Ceremony tickets.  Students are to give these tickets to their guests prior to the morning of the MAE ceremony on May 26th.  All MAE guests are invited to the reception, following the MAE Graduation Ceremony, on the Bailey Plaza.
  • There is no option to receive more than 4 tickets. 
  • Guests of graduating students should receive tickets in advance of the ceremony date.
  • Guests should be seated, at the latest, by 8:35 a.m.  The Ceremony will begin by 8:45 a.m.
  • Graduating students will not need a ticket.
  • Duration of ceremony is approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Guests will remain seated as graduates exit and wait approximately 5 minutes before exiting to allow for an undergraduate group photo to be taken.
  • Students' diplomas will be mailed to the home address on file in mid to late June

Students should wear their academic regalia to the MAE Graduation Ceremony.

Students will be assigned seats in the order in which they will be called up on stage (names will be posted to the back of each seat). Students should be seated by 8:35 a.m. Ph.D. candidates who will be hooded will be seated on the stage.

May 2018 degree recipients who also earned a B.S., M.E. December 2017 degree will be called on to the stage once, as an M.Eng. recipient.


  • There is a limit of four guests per student. 
  • Guests should be seated by 8:35. We will begin the ceremony by 8:45 a.m..
  • Refreshments will be available directly after the MAE Graduation Ceremony. If needed, guests should bring a snack to be eaten before the MAE Graduation Ceremony (no food or drink is allowed in Bailey Hall). 
  • Guests must remain in their seats during the Ceremony; a professional photographer will be taking a picture as each graduate/award recipient is congratulated on stage.
  • Photographs will be available for purchase on the University Photo Events Page at
  • Guests should reserve, in advance, accommodations and restaurant reservations. 

Information for Cornell University Ceremony, Sunday, May 27th

Click here for Mobility-Impaired Parking and Seating Options for Schoellkopf Stadium.

Cornell University Severe Weather Plan effective for the University Commencement Ceremony, Sunday, May 27, 2018: 

Severe Weather Plan (SWP): Severe weather is defined as potentially dangerous weather, torrential downpour, high winds, lightning, and any other condition deemed too unsafe to hold the ceremony outside at the stadium. If it is only raining, the ceremony will remain outdoors at Schoellkopf Stadium.  If weather requires it, the University will announce that the Severe Weather Plan will be followed, by 8:00 a.m. on May 27.

Cornell University Commencement - Severe Weather Plan:

If the Severe Weather Plan is required, guests of MAE graduates may gather in Hollister B14, Phillips 101, or Duffield Atrium and use their own devices to live stream the University Commencement Ceremony.

Sibley School Awards, Presented at the 2018 MAE Graduation Ceremony

University Commencement Information

Cornell's Ithaca Campus Map

Map of Bailey and Rockefeller Halls