Graduation, Class Party, Classmate Award Winners

Summer has arrived in Ithaca!  Last weekend the University celebrated Convocation and Commencement.  The campus was in full bloom, temperatures were warm, and graduation was an enthusiastic though rainy affair.  Convocation speaker was Ava DuVernay–activist and film director whose recent movies include Selma, Thirteen and A Wrinkle in Time–was funny and frank. Check out her uplifting, inspirational and optimistic message here .

If you’re headed to Cornell for Reunion THIS year, please come to our Class of 1974 reception and barbecue dinner on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 5:30pm at the home of classmates Kristen Rupert and John Foote.  The venue is a short walk from campus.  More than thirty classmates and friends have already signed up.  Family and friends from other classes are welcome!  Price is only $30 and includes appetizers, dinner, dessert and wine, beer and soft drinks. Click here to register.  Contact Shelley Cosgrove DeFord, Reunion 2019 co-chair, at if you have questions.  Cornell always has overnight rooms available for returning alums, and non-reunion-year attendees even have their own residence hall for the weekend.  Check on-line for details.

Finally, special congratulations to three classmates who were just named winners of the 2018 Frank H.T. Rhodes Distinguished Alumni Service Awards.  Our winners are Mort Bishop of Oregon—a trustee emeritus at Cornell and a graduate of the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences; Dale Lazar of Virginia—our Class President & Engineering College and Law School alum; and Randy Rosenberg of New York’s Long Island, an alum of the ILR School who has led the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassadors Network (CAAAN) effort in Nassau County for years.  These [Notable] classmates, who have been dedicated Cornell volunteers for decades, will receive their awards in Ithaca on Homecoming Weekend, September 21-22.  Please join us in saluting these deserving awardees!  Read more about the awards here.

Hope to see you on campus this summer or at a Cornell event in the early fall.  Enjoy the summer!


Kristen Rupert

Vice President, Notable Class of 1974