Congratulations to our graduates!

May 2022 Recognition

Date: May 14, 2022 at 2:00 PM
Where: Bartels Hall, Newman Arena

Cornell Law School Convocation: Class of 2022 Livestream

https://www.cornell.edu/video/law-school-convocation-2022

Day of Details

Congratulations on your upcoming graduation from Cornell Law School! We look forward to celebrating your achievement at the Law School’s Convocation for the Class of 2022.

Public Health Requirements for Graduates and Guests 

The Law School will follow the same public health requirements for the Convocation Ceremony as Cornell University will use for its Commencement ceremony, in accordance with the guidelines set forth by New York State and the University. Public health requirements are available on the University’s Commencement website.

There is currently no ticketing requirement or proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID-19 test for attendance at Convocation. This is subject to change if the public health situation warrants. Graduates will receive an e-mail update if there any changes. 

Graduate Information

Attire 

Graduates should wear light clothing, as gowns are warm, and comfortable shoes. We recommend taking off jackets before putting on gowns. 

Arrival and Lining Up

All graduates and guests should arrive at Newman Arena, Bartels Hall no later than 12:30 PM. Graduates will proceed to the Ramin Room (when facing the auditorium, go right and follow signage; the Ramin Room is where the climbing wall is located). 

As you enter the Ramin Room, you will see a check-in table. There will be separate check-ins for JD and LLM graduates. You will be given a card with your number for the alphabetical line-up of graduates. You must keep your card for line-up and to match with your assigned seat in Newman Arena. You may rejoin your family prior to 1:15, but must return to the Ramin Room at that time as line-up begins promptly.

Line-up and Processional

Graduates will begin lining up for the processional in the Ramin Room promptly at 1:15. There will be two tall signs, one for JD Graduates and one for LLM, LLM/Tech, and JD/LLM graduates, the “LLM+ Line.” Please assemble behind the sign for your degree program in numerical order. Note that numerical order for the LLM+ line is alphabetical by degree program. 

Once you have processed into Newman arena, remain standing when you reach your seat. Once all graduates have entered and are standing at their seats, the faculty will process in and take their seats on the stage. The ceremony will begin. 

Recognition 

Ushers will direct you up to the stage for the graduate recognition. A volunteer will direct you up the ramp to the stage. Dean Miner will announce your name and you will walk across the stage.

Dean Ohlin will be standing towards the middle of the stage. You will stop momentarily to shake Dean Ohlin’s hand, at which point, GradImages will take your picture. 

After the handshake, proceed to the far left side of the stage to a second ramp. Proceed down the ramp and back to your seat.  

Conclusion of Ceremony

Once all graduates have been recognized, Dean Ohlin will provide concluding remarks and introduce the Alma Mater. Stand for the singing of the Alma Mater. Words are printed in the program. After the Alma Mater, you should remain standing while the faculty recesses. Once the faculty has recessed, the ceremony is officially over.

A reception is planned at 4PM in the Purcell Courtyard at Myron Taylor Hall. Kosher/halal food and beverages will be available in the Gallery. 

Guest Information

Attire 

There is no dress code for guests, though it is customary to wear business casual attire. 

Arrival and Seating 

Doors for the ceremony will open at 12:00 PM, and guests should plan to be seated by 1:30 PM. Once the procession begins, guests will not be able to enter Newman until the procession is over. 

Upon arriving at Newman, your guests should immediately proceed inside the auditorium. Newman Arena has open, bleacher style seating that is first come, first served. The bleachers on the west side of the auditorium have seats with backs and guests should arrive promptly when doors open if seating there is a priority. Accessible seating for those with mobility concerns is on the floor behind the graduate seating.

Parking and Seating for Mobility Impaired Guests 

If you have made prior arrangements for guests who require mobility impaired parking, special parking will be reserved in the parking lot immediately adjacent to Bartels Hall and a portion of the parking lot behind Myron Taylor Hall for the reception. 

In Newman Arena, there is seating on the floor behind graduates for any guests who may find it difficult to navigate the bleachers (regardless of whether they asked for parking permits). There is sufficient seating for family members who wish to remain with them. Ushers will be available to assist with seating.

Parking for All Other Guests 

Parking is available directly across the street from Bartels Hall, in front of the Wrestling Center and in the parking garage.

Shuttle 

For those not wishing to walk to the reception, the shuttle bus will be running between Bartels Hall and Myron Taylor Hall for the reception. The last shuttle leaving Myron Taylor Hall back for Bartels will be at 5:30 PM.

Regalia Pick-up

Regalia pick up will be on April 20, 2022 in L28 Hughes Hall from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Please plan on picking up your regalia at that time. If you’re unable to pick up your regalia, you can ask a friend or classmate to pick up your regalia.

Name Pronunciation

Help us pronounce your name how you wish it to be announced at Convocation. Record your full name (preferred first name and surname) on your mobile phone or computer. Use the following link and it will attach the recording to the Law School directory:  https://support.law.cornell.edu/UploadVoiceFiles/index.cfm

Guest Attendance

We are pleased to inform you that tickets also will not be required for guests attending the Law School Convocation. Accordingly, given the capacity at Newman Arena, you may bring as many guests as you wish.

Public health requirements for the Law School Convocation and University Commencement are available on the University’s COVID-19 website. The Law School will follow the same public health requirements for the Convocation Ceremony as Cornell University will use for its Commencement ceremony, in accordance with the guidelines set forth by New York State and the University.

These plans are subject to change if the public health situation warrants. Graduates will receive an e-mail update if there any changes to Law School plans for Convocation. Up-to-date information on Convocation also will be available on the Law School’s Convocation website.