Highlights from Announcements 11/15/21

Autumn leaves in the foreground with Cornell and McGraw Tower in the backgroundSee the Finger Lakes Land Trust and Go Finger Lakes lists of hunting-free places to walk and hike and Botanic Gardens changes to access.


Preparing for the December 31st Conferral

Congratulations to students who have reached the finish line and plan to complete degree requirements and graduate this semester. Please refer to the Thesis & Dissertation webpage for detailed information on deadlines and submission requirements to stay on track – the deadline to submit your thesis/dissertation is December 1st.

December Graduates University Recognition Ceremony

Congratulations to our December graduates and proud Cornell families! The Cornell University December Recognition Ceremony for December ’21 Graduates will be held in the Bartels Hall Ramin Room on Saturday, December 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m.

If you plan to attend please review all the information on the Cornell Commencement website.

Here are specific items for you to review:

  1. Pre-order your cap and gown by November 15, 2021.
  2. RSVP to participate in the ceremony by December 15, 2021.
  3. Due to limited seating and adhering to public health protocols, you may reserve up to two (2) guest tickets to attend the event by December 15, 2021. You do not need a ticket for yourself, but you must RSVP to participate as noted above. The event will be live-streamed for those unable to attend.
  4. Please review all the information for you and your guests, especially the Public Health Protocols for your guests, so they are prepared when entering the building for the event. Feel free to direct your guests to the website.


Graduate School Recognizes Over 80 New Dean’s Scholars

Dean's Scholars pinThe Graduate School welcomed over 80 new Dean’s Scholars in 2021, each of whom exemplify inclusive excellence through their scholarship, leadership, and service. Each scholar receives a pin with a gold center containing the Cornell seal, representing the scholars’ achievement, surrounded by an outer ring of silver, representing their persistence.

Read more about the Dean’s Scholars.

Rural Bangladeshis Turn to Faith, Family for Fact-Checking

Sharifa Sultana conducts a focus group with women on their porch in Jessore in 2020 as part of her ethnographic work in Bangladesh.Doctoral candidate Sharifa Sultana is lead author of a study finding that people in remote parts of Bangladesh with little internet access relied on local experts, spiritual views, and sense of social justice to evaluate new coronavirus information.

Read more about Sultana’s research.

Student Spotlight

Kunal ShastriKunal Shastri, a doctoral candidate in electrical and computer engineering from Pune, India, graduated from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. At Cornell, he researches performance limits and tradeoffs for devices that reduce the size and weight of conventional optical equipment (example: cell phone cameras, light sensors, etc.).

Read more about Kunal Shastri.

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