Graduation Issue

Four Years at Cornell: Top News Stories That the Class of 2016 Lived Through

As the graduating members of the Class of 2016 ready themselves for Commencement, we took a look at the top stories from the past four years at Cornell. Read more in our special graduation issue. Spring 2016: President Elizabeth Garret Dies at 52, Less Than One Year After Assuming Office 
Cornell’s first female president died of colon cancer on March 6. “She was the quintessential Cornellian,” Board of Trustees chair Robert Harrison ’76 said. Jan.

Skorton Advises January Graduates to Stay True to Their Alma Mater

Though the snow piled high on Saturday afternoon, blanketing the campus in white, 859 students inside Barton Hall bled Carnelian red as they walked across the stage during the Recognition Ceremony for January Graduates. Friends and family cheered them on as the students — many of whom finished their degrees early, late or from graduate school — received recognition for their milestones.

Of the graduates, 40 percent were earning graduate degrees and 19 percent of students came from outside the United States. All undergraduate and graduate schools were represented at the ceremony, with each school’s graduates wearing different colored tassels.

Class of '08 Gift Tops $60K; Thousands Gather for Commencement Weekend Ceremonies

“Let us take time out so that we are able to better the lives of others.” This was the final piece of advice that Dr. Maya Angelou, world-renown poet and author, gave to Cornell’s graduating Class of 2008 during her Convocation address on May 24 in Schoellkopf Stadium.

Cornell’s 140th Commencement took place this weekend as graduating seniors received their diplomas and left the home they have come to know during the past four years.

Senior Class President Vince Hartman ’08 instructed his fellow classmates to keep strong ties with Cornell.