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SATURDAY, MAY 26, 2018

Location: Bailey Hall

Time:  9:00am - 10:30am

Details will be posted in August










Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Graduation Recognition Ceremony - Saturday, May 26, 2018

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

Location for May 26, 2018 MAE Graduation Ceremony:  Bailey Hall Auditorium

Schedule for Commencement on Sunday, May 27, 2018

  • 8:00am Gates Open for Guest Seating at University Commencement - Schoelkopf Stadium
  • 9:15 am Students Assemble for Academic Procession By College - Arts Quad
  • 11:00 am University Commencement Begins (Degrees Conferred) - Schoelkopf Stadium
  • 12:30 pm Graduates Seated in MAE Ceremony Graduation Tent on the Engineering Quad
  • 12:45pm MAE Graduation Ceremony begins.  Live Streaming is not available
  • 2:15pm MAE Reception in the Tent Area

Additional Information:

1.       Students:  Please give your tickets in advance of Sunday a.m. to your guests who are planning to attend the MAE Graduation Ceremony on Sunday.

2.       Hollister B14, a designated waiting area, will be available for guests who do not have tickets to the MAE ceremony.  There is no live streaming of the MAE Graduation Ceremony.

3.       All guests are invited to the reception tent, located in close proximity of the Graduation Tent after completion of the MAE Graduation Ceremony.

4.       Entrance to the Graduation Tent will be facing Hollister Hall (west).

5.       Bathrooms are located on first floor of Kimball Hall. 


General Information:

  • Three tickets will be distributed to each graduating student from May 8 to May 12.  Students have been instructed where to pick-up their MAE Graduation Ceremony tickets.  Students are to give these tickets to their guests prior to the graduating students assembling on the morning of May 29 on the Arts Quad.   All MAE guests are invited to the reception, following the MAE Graduation Ceremony, on the Engineering Quad. 
  • Guests of graduating students should receive tickets in advance from graduating students
  • Guests should be seated, at the latest, by 12:35.  The Ceremony will begin by 12:45 p.m.
  • There is no admittance into the MAE Graduation Ceremony tent without a ticket.
  • Graduating students will not need a ticket.
  • Duration of ceremony is approximately 1 1/2 hours.
  • 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 12:30. Ph.D. students to be hooded will be seated on the stage area.

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


  • There is a limit of three guests per student. No guests will be admitted to the MAE Graduation Ceremony tent initially, without a ticket.
  • Guests should be seated by 12:35, if possible. We will begin the ceremony by 12:45 p.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. Water will be placed next to each seat in the MAE Graduation Ceremony tent.
  • 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, sleeping arrangements and restaurant reservations. 

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

Cornell University Severe Weather Plan effective for the University Commencement Ceremony, May 28, 2017: 

Severe Weather Plan for Sunday. Our Severe Weather Plan (SWP) 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.  To be announced at 8:00 a.m. on May 28.

Cornell University Commencement - Severe Weather Plan:

Guests may gather in Hollister B14, Phillips 101, or Duffield Atrium and use their own devices to live stream the University Commencement Ceremony.

In the event the University cancels or delays the Schoellkopf Stadium ceremony, MAE will cancel the MAE Graduation Ceremony scheduled to be held in the tent on the Engineering Quad. Instead, students and guests should gather in Duffield Atrium after the University ceremony, where an opportunity will be provided for each graduating student and award recipient to be photographed by a professional photographer.  After each student has their photo taken, they are welcome to join their guests for food available in Duffield Atrium.


2017 Sibley School Awards Presented at Commencement

University Commencement Information

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