Employee Celebration

PLEASE NOTE: We continue to follow university and government health guidance recommendations to avoid large in-person gatherings.  We look forward to resuming  our in-person employee celebration and recognition events when these recommendations are lifted.


Employee Celebration poster


Employee celebrations are open to staff, faculty, retirees, and their families. These popular events feature athletic competitions, a Cornell community meal, and additional family-oriented activities. Employee Celebrations are held twice a year, in the fall and in the winter.



Thank You!

To all our staff, faculty, retirees, and families who joined in the fun, and to the many volunteers, sponsors and organizers who make it all possible!

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Winter 2020

Cornell Winter Employee Celebration: Saturday, January 25, 2020

Cornell Employee Celebration is for staff, faculty, retirees and their families. The event features athletics events, a Cornell community dinner, and additional activities. The event is held twice a year, in the fall and in the winter.

Ticket Sales are open until January 17th

$5 discounted ticket includes dinner and athletic events listed below (unless otherwise specificed). Tickets can be purchased through the Athletic Ticketing Office, Bartels Hall (M-F 10am 4pm) or call 607-255-4247. Tickets can also be purchased at bigredtix@cornell.edu

Event Schedule

All Day: Women's and Men's Track Upstate Challenge

11:00am: Women's and Men's Swimming

1:00pm: Wrestling vs. Harvard University (limited tickets are available. Please request tickets through Athletics)

1:00pm: Men's Tennis vs. Binghamton University

1:00pm: Women's Basketball vs. Columbia University

2:00pm: Employee Celebration Dinner in Bartels Hall (2:00pm - 4:00pm) - meal ticket required

4:00pm: Men's Basketball vs. Columbia University

7:00pm: Women's Polo


Free parking is available at Hoy Garage with Cornell University ID.

Volunteers Needed!

This is a huge event and we can't do it without our amazing team of volunteers! Please consider volunteering this year and complete the volunteer form. We have three volunteer shifts: 12pm - 2pm: Set Up ; 1:45pm - 3:45pm and 2:30pm - 4:30pm: Community Dinner/Activities ; 4pm - 6pm: Break Down.

All volunteers will receive an Employee Celebration t-shirt and complimentary meal/game ticket for the day’s events. Please contact empcelebration@cornell.edu if you have questions regarding volunteering for this event.