Why will Reunion 2021 be held virtually instead of on campus?
Reunion celebrations are a highlight for Cornellians around the world each June. After consulting with alumni volunteers and campus partners, and carefully considering the continuing public health risk and uncertainty due to COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to host this year’s Reunion celebrations virtually instead of on campus as we had hoped. Before finalizing our decision to host a virtual Reunion, we weighed necessary considerations about vaccine rollout, emerging COVID-19 variants, attendee travel, New York State quarantine mandates, and campus capacity against our desire to welcome Reunion-year alumni back to campus. At this very moment, we are working with Reunion volunteers to create a festive and memorable Virtual Reunion that not only celebrates our Reunion-year alumni but our whole Cornell community.
Will Reunion classes of 0s, 5s, 1s, and 6s have an opportunity to attend a rescheduled in-person Reunion?
Unfortunately, the Cornell campus does not have the capacity or resources to host our Classes of 0s, 5s, 1s, and 6s concurrently on a future date. With nearly 8,000 people attending Reunion weekend annually, dorm space and facilities are already near capacity.
What about the planned celebration for the classes of 2015 and 2016?
The celebration for classes of 2015 and 2016 will be shifted to June 11-12 and held virtually so all alumni can celebrate Cornell on the same weekend.
Does this also mean that Commencement 2020 is going virtual?
Yes, we are hosting a virtual celebration for the Class of 2020 to ensure that all 2020 graduates, wherever they may be, can be honored as cherished members of the Cornell alumni family. President Pollack and college deans will address the graduates, notable alumni will share well-wishes, and we’ll all join together to celebrate this resilient class and their Big Red journey. 2020s can register here.
2020 graduates and their families are invited back to campus for an in-person commencement ceremony during Homecoming Weekend, on September 19, 2021. Click here for more information.
Can I participate in Virtual Reunion 2021 if I am not from a Reunion year class or group?
Yes! As with Virtual Reunion 2020, we welcome all alumni to participate in Virtual Reunion 2021 programming. Last year’s Virtual Reunion was a great success and allowed even more alumni to participate in innovative and exciting ways. Dedicated Reunion class and group programming will honor our Reunion-year alumni and ensure a memorable experience for all. We’re pulling out all the stops to host the best virtual celebration possible! We look forward to celebrating with you June 10-13.
Enhance your Reunion
Want more Reunion fun? Enhance your Virtual Reunion experience through souvenirs from the Cornell Store, Zoom and mobile backgrounds, and other fun activities for the whole family.