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Cornell Law School Convocation Class of 2020

As you have now learned from President Pollack’s message, convocation must take place in a different way than we had originally planned. Although our plans for May 2020 must change, we will have a convocation in Ithaca at a date to be determined in the future when public health officials deem it prudent to do so. Everyone will be invited and we will provide a virtual option for people who cannot make it back. Because COVID-19 has deprived you of so many things, we would like to hear from you about what form Convocation for the Class of 2020 should take. We will be in touch via the appropriate class listserv or FB page for your degree program in the near future with proposals and polls. We will, of course, take public health considerations into account along with your expressed preferences. Please know that whatever form the ceremony takes, we are committed to celebrating you as you transition from law student to lawyer and member of the Cornell Law alumni family.



Please hold off on any of the options below for regalia.  We are in the process of working with Herff Jones on another possible option--turning all the rentals into "keepers".  We don't know what that entails yet or if it is even doable, so please stand by.  This information will be updated as soon as we receive confirmation either way.


As the Dean stated, he is committed to having an in-person, in-Ithaca Convocation ceremony for the Class of 2020 at a date to be determined.  Thus, regalia options are below:

1).           Keep the order as-is.  When the time comes, students will pick up their regalia a day or two prior to the re-scheduled ceremony and return it on the day of the ceremony.

2).           Receive refund now; re-order closer to re-scheduled ceremony.  Graduates who have placed their order and are undecided about attending a future ceremony can cancel their orders and receive a full refund.  The site will re-open and graduates can re-order or order for the first time.

3).           Cancel now and receive refund.  Graduates who know they will not be able to attend any future ceremony, can cancel their order now and receive a full refund.