Congratulations, Class of 2020!

Dear graduates,

Congratulations on having reached this milestone. The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives wants to recognize you and your gifts, strengths, skills and accomplishments. You have achieved much and while the recognition may look different, our pride in you remains steadfast.

Awhile back, we reached out to our graduating seniors asking them to respond to a survey and share with us their photos, quotes and proudest moments. We compiled these responses into a brief video that can be viewed via the link below:

OADI’s Senior Recognition Video : https://vod.video.cornell.edu/media/OADI+Recognizes+2020+Seniors/1_2wsp7uwz

We know that this video is very different from the way that we expected to be honoring you at this time, but it in no way diminishes the amount of pride that we feel towards you and your achievements. We look forward to celebrating with you at commencement, and we continue to hope that we will remain connected with you as you continue your journey as alumni.

We made every effort to include your quotes, stories and sentiments, but send our apologies that we were not able to include every response in the video itself. You may, however, view all the responses here.

Our deepest heartfelt congratulations,

The Office of Academic Diversity Initiatives


Check out everything your fellow graduates had to say by downloading the responses from seniors.


This celebration is an annual spring event that recognizes and celebrates the achievements of OADI program's graduating seniors. It typically occurs on the lawn outside OADI at the end of the exam period during the academic year. All seniors are invited to attend.