Cornell’s commencement weekend scheduled for May 29-30, 2021 will be held in-person, as explained in President Pollack’s message to May 2021 graduates. The Information Science Department ceremony details are now listed below.


Please visit the Cornell Commencement page for information on in-person events hosted by the University.

Information Science Virtual Department Ceremony and Social Friday, May 28

Information Science is pleased to invite our degree candidates and their families to the virtual graduation ceremony and social beginning at 12:00 p.m. (EDT) Friday, May 28, 2021. (Zoom link information will be emailed to all graduates prior to the event.)

At this ceremony, undergraduate and MPS students will be recognized by scrolling names alongside select speakers. An opportunity for socializing will immediately follow the ceremony.


11:45 a.m. – Students, family, and friends begin to join virtual ceremony via Zoom link.

12:00 p.m. – Ceremony begins with introductory remarks from Cornell’s Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science Dean, Kavita Bala and Department of Information Science Chair, Steve Jackson.

1:00 p.m. or immediately following the ceremony – virtual room(s) will be available for any attendees that would like to stay and socialize with others.

2:00 p.m. – Conclusion of event. Virtual room(s) will end.

Future Department Graduation Dates

Friday, May 27, 2022
Friday, May 26, 2023
Friday, May 24, 2024

For Students


  • Application to Graduate for CALS and Arts & Science students – All Info Sci students in CALS and the College of Arts & Sciences are required to submit, electronically, an official Application to Graduate (Part 1: College Requirements and Part 2: Major Requirements). For CALS students, please visit the CALS Important Forms and Policies page. For A&S students, please visit A&S's Applying to Graduate page.
  • College of Engineering Graduation Review – Between the second semester of junior year and before the end of the first semester of senior year, Info Sci students from the College of Engineering need to meet with one of the advisors from 110 Gates Hall to go over the degree requirements/student checklist and make certain that they know what outstanding requirements need to be completed in order to graduate. Students should either make appointments with the advising staff or visit during office hours. Appointments are encouraged.


In order to be cleared for graduation, MPS students must update and submit the information listed below. 

  • Update your Final Checklist by May 24.  You should have already filled out your checklist for your past and present semesters. It is important this is filled out correctly and in full.  You should only include the courses that actually count toward your 30 credits to fulfill the degree requirements.  Extra courses such as PE or non-4000 level courses should not be included on the checklist.  However, if you were given special permission by the MPS Director Gilly Leshed to have a course not listed on the approved course list count toward your degree requirements, you must provide the approval email from Gilly along with your final checklist. Incomplete checklists will result in you not being included on the degree list, and you will not graduate.  
  • Submit the Postgraduate Survey by May 24. All MPS students are required to submit the Postgraduate Survey regardless if you have secured employment or not. You will be able to update your status, and we want you to do this when you have secured a job. It is extremely important to us to have this information in order to continue to serve our students and to grow our program. Failure to submit the Postgraduate Survey will result in you not being included on the degree list, and you will not graduate.  
  • Submit the MPS Application to Graduate by May 24.  All MPS students are required to fill out and submit the MPS Application to Graduate.  Failure to submit this application will result in you not being included on the degree list and you will not graduate. 

If you have any questions or trouble with any of the required materials mentioned above, please contact Barbara Woske, immediately.

Keepsake Cap and Gown Purchase

Head to the University's Commencement page to order your optional Keepsake Cap & Gown. Your order must be placed by May 12. The cap and gown will be shipped. to address you enter on the order form. 

Your order must be ordered by July1. Cap and gown will be shipped.