Convocation Messages

Convocation Message from Dean Ohlin and Dean Miner on Friday, April 30, 2021:

Dear Graduating Students,

You are receiving this message because you have registered indicating that you plan to attend the Law School Convocation on Saturday, May 22 at Schoellkopf Field. You have likely seen President Pollack’s message that a limited number of guests will now be permitted to attend University Commencement. This will apply to the Law School Convocation on May 22 as well.

We are pleased to announce that law graduates who are registered to participate in Convocation will receive two non-transferable tickets to enable two guests to attend the ceremony on May 22. We are grateful that the public health conditions continue to improve making this positive development possible even as we acknowledge that this news is bittersweet for those whose family and friends will not be able to make the trip to Ithaca in just 3 weeks.

As President Pollack mentioned, this situation is rapidly evolving and we are working through the logistics that permitting guests will entail. We will forward more details to graduates who have registered to attend when we know more. Thank you for your patience as we plan the many details involved in celebrating your graduation.

Best,

Jens D. Ohlin

Interim Dean and Professor of Law

Markeisha J. Miner

Dean of Students

Convocation Message from Dean Miner on Thursday, April 22, 2021:

Dear Members of the Cornell Law School Class of 2021,

You are receiving this message because you responded to the Convocation survey indicating your intent to attend the event in person. We are thrilled to announce and invite you to participate in the Law School’s Convocation on Saturday, May 22, 2021 in Schoellkopf Stadium at 2 p.m. to celebrate your achievements and accomplishments!

We have determined these plans in accordance with New York state COVID-19 guidelines to keep our campus density low. All participants must follow health and safety precautions, and testing protocols will be required. More information will be sent in a few weeks about these necessary plans and noted on the Convocation website. You will receive additional emails over the next several weeks about the check-in processes and testing protocols required to attend.

Graduates will arrive at the Crescent parking lot entrance on Campus Road ninety minutes before the ceremony (12:30 p.m.) wearing your cap and gown to assemble and enter the Crescent seating areas in Schoellkopf Stadium. Law School regalia is required to process and participate in the ceremony. If you do not plan to participate, you do not need to notify the Dean of Students Office and no further actions are needed.

Livestream
It is enormously disappointing to all of us that family and friends will not be able to join you in person for these ceremonies; however, we look forward to sharing the celebration with guests near and far via livestream. A recording of the live ceremony also will be available after the ceremonies to watch at any time. We appreciate your understanding during these unusual times.

Cap and Gown Orders Due April 27.The deadline to order keepsake caps and gowns is April 27 for the May 22 Convocation ceremony. Regalia will be shipped directly to your preferred address. No gowns will be available for pick-up on campus. Be sure to order by the deadline in order for your cap and gown to be delivered before May 22.

Please continue to visit the Law School Convocation website as well as the University Commencement website for additional details as they become available. Also, watch for more emails with additional instructions and important information for you to know in order to attend the ceremonies.

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 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