Coronavirus updates for our alumni community

Program-specific updates

  • Giving Day 2020

    Thursday, March 12, was our annual Giving Day -- ordinarily a day for team spirit and friendly rivalry amongst Cornellians while raising funds for great Cornell causes. Given the unprecedented changes happening on campus this past week, and the impact on our students and their families, we thought long and hard about whether we should continue with Giving Day. In the end, it felt right to continue - to unite Cornellians around the globe in a common effort. We also felt the weight of how our students and Cornell causes – including pivotal research into human and animal health – need support now more than ever. We are deeply humbled how the Cornell community responded and rallied behind this year’s Giving Day – including students and parents who took steps to self-organize support on that day. Over 10,000 of you from 50+ countries and all 50 U.S. states participated in Giving Day 2020. We are so grateful. For more information on Giving Day, please visit

  • Commencement 2020

    While we sincerely hope to hold our traditional Commencement Weekend, it is unknown at this time whether that will be possible. Members of the commencement office and colleagues from across the University will review all options and make a recommendation later this month.

  • Reunion 2020

    Many alumni are looking forward to celebrating Reunion weekend on June 5-6. Some had planned to travel to Ithaca, while others planned to join remotely to partake in programming offered by Alumni Affairs, colleges, schools and units. During this unprecedented time, we believe it is important to move forward with a “virtual Reunion” as a means of connecting Cornellians from around the world and bolstering our Big Red spirits. We hope that as many alumni as possible will save the date and plan to attend one – or all – online sessions! Read our Reunion FAQ.

  • Other events

    For now, all large on- and off-campus events have been cancelled through April 15, and small events are expected to follow social distancing practices and all local regulations. Plans for on- and off-campus events beyond April 15th will be reassessed as more information becomes available. For more on the importance of social distancing practices during a public health crisis, please see President Martha Pollack’s message to the Cornell community on March 11.

Other questions

  • For other coronavirus-related questions, please visit the FAQ section of the University’s coronavirus resource website.

Contact AAD

Division of Alumni Affairs and Development 130 E. Seneca Street, Suite 400 Ithaca, NY 14850