May 18, 2009

Cornell celebrates 141st Commencement Weekend

Cornell will celebrate its 141st Commencement Weekend, May 23-24, with about 6,000 graduates receiving their degrees. Highlights include the Senior Convocation address to be given by Barack Obama's campaign strategist David Plouffe Saturday, May 23, at noon. Cornell President David J. Skorton will deliver the Commencement Address Sunday, May 24, at 11 a.m. Both events will be at Schoellkopf Stadium.

Plouffe (pronounced pluff), a partner in the campaign consulting firm AKPD Message and Media, is credited with Obama's success in the presidential election. The Convocation ceremony also will feature an address by Cornell Senior Class President Caroline Newton and the presentation of a gift to the university from the senior class.

Other Commencement Weekend events include:

May 23:

Sunday, May 24:

How to see and hear the ceremonies:

Both Saturday's Convocation and Sunday's Commencement will be broadcast live on Ithaca's Time Warner Cable Channel 16 and streamed live on the Cornell Web site at http://www.cornell.edu/.

Commencement also will be broadcast on WHCU radio (870 AM), starting at 11 a.m. The Commencement procession and ceremony can be viewed afterward on CornellCast at http://www.cornell.edu/video).

For general information about the Cornell Commencement: See http://www.commencement.cornell.edu/.