CORNELL LAW SCHOOL CONVOCATION CLASS OF 2021

Date of Law School Convocation: May 22, 2021
Where: TBA (capacity dependent on advanced reservation)

Ordering your regalia: https://commencement.cornell.edu/may/students/capgown/
Regalia is the same for all law degrees and will be worn for both Convocation, and if you choose to attend, University Commencement.
Deadline to order: April 27, 2021

Convocation Message from Dean Ohlin and Dean Miner on Tuesday, April 6, 2021:

Dear Members of the Cornell Law School Class of 2021,

We hope you have seen President Pollack’s message announcing the good news that in-person ceremonies will be permitted for graduation. As previously announced, Law School Convocation, the individual recognition ceremony for law graduates, will be held on Saturday, May 22. In view of today’s announcement, we are pleased to share that the Law School will host Convocation in person as well. The ceremony will be held outdoors—rain or shine—for law graduates only. Unfortunately, guests will not be permitted due to the ongoing public health emergency and the need to keep the campus and local communities as safe as possible. The Law School will not be hosting any in-person activities during Commencement Weekend, May 29-30.

We are currently finalizing details about the Law School’s in-person Convocation and will share those with you as soon as we are able. The in-person ceremony will be livestreamed for students unable to attend and for your loved ones and friends to join you remotely. Additionally, there will be a virtual ceremony, which will be available on both the university Commencement and the Law School Convocation websites following the in-person celebration. While you await these important details, you may begin ordering your regalia. The Law School will cover the regalia shipping costs for all Class of 2021 law graduates.

Many details are yet to be finalized but we hope that you are as excited as we are that an in-person ceremony will be permitted. Of course, the ongoing feasibility of this option remains contingent on the public health conditions on campus and in the community. Thank you in advance for doing your part to stay safe and be well by following the public health guidelines.

Whether you will be with us in person or joining us virtually, we look forward to celebrating the completion of your law studies with you on May 22.

Best,

Jens D. Ohlin

Interim Dean and Professor of Law

Markeisha J. Miner

Dean of Students

Convocation Message from Dean Ohlin and Dean Miner on Friday, February 26, 2021:

Dear Members of the Cornell Law School Class of 2021,

Thank you for your extraordinary patience and graciousness as we all await additional information about what form your graduation ceremonies will take. As a reminder, graduation at Cornell consists of two ceremonies: Convocation, the Law School’s individual graduate recognition ceremony, and Commencement, the University-wide ceremony for graduates of all schools and colleges.

University Commencement. We write now to share the limited information we have about graduation with you. University Commencement is scheduled for May 30, 2021. You may have seen the University Commencement Office’s recent announcement that the University hopes to make a final decision about the format of Commencement activities sometime in March. Due to public health restrictions, it is unlikely that any guests will be permitted on campus for any in-person celebration, if in-person celebrations are possible. The University discourages guests from making nonrefundable travel arrangements.

Law School Convocation. Any decisions about University Commencement will inform the format of the Law School’s Convocation. After carefully considering the continuing public health risk and ongoing uncertainty due to COVID-19, we have decided to host the Law School’s Convocation virtually on Saturday, May 22, 2021. Additionally, we continue to advocate for and to explore the feasibility of some in-person, physically-distanced component for graduating law students in small groups. We aim to announce a final decision about any in-person aspects of Convocation no later than March 31, 2021. If we are able to have some in-person elements, a livestream will be available for you to share with your families and friends. It also will be recorded and made available on the Law School website for you and your loved ones to enjoy long after May 22d. Unfortunately, family and other guests will not be permitted to attend if any in-person aspects of the Law School Convocation program are possible.

We know this is not the news for which you hoped. Just as you have looked forward to having those closest to you celebrate your achievements, we have very much looked forward to the opportunity to meet those who have supported you throughout your law school journey. It is disappointing to acknowledge that because of the pandemic, the large in-person ceremonies that would normally mark the culmination of your studies are not likely to occur in the way all of us envisioned when you first enrolled at Cornell. As difficult as it is to deliver this news, we know that further delays in making any announcement would exacerbate rather than alleviate the uncertainty you are facing due to the global pandemic. Because none of us can predict what the public health situation will be in a few months, we wanted to share this information now so you and those who want to share this important day with you can plan accordingly. In whatever format, we are excited to celebrate with you as you enter the ranks of lawyers in the best sense.

Best,

Jens D. Ohlin

Interim Dean and Professor of Law

Markeisha J. Miner

Dean of Students