Please scroll to the bottom of this page for check-in instructions, details about parking and transportation, and other important information.
Degree candidates participating in Commencement may make reservations for up to eight (8) family members or friends to stay in guest housing for Commencement weekend (Friday-Sunday nights, May 22-24, 2015).
Accommodations are in Cornell's undergraduate residential buildings on North Campus, West Campus, and in Collegetown. This year we are also offering additional accommodations on Ithaca College's campus, two and a half miles away.
To make reservations for your guests: Sign up for the Commencement Housing Lottery any time from 10:00am February 2 to noon on Friday, February 28. Learn more below.
Accommodations are available in the following buildings:
Cornell's North Campus:
All rooms are in climate-controlled buildings with the exception of Mary Donlon Hall. Rooms in Court-Kay-Bauer Halls and Mews Hall are clustered with shared bathrooms. Mary Donlon Hall offers corridor-style rooms with shared bathrooms. Townhouses come with two double-occupancy rooms, a shared bathroom, living area and kitchen.
Ithaca College Campus:
Beds: Because undergraduate residences are designed for single students, only twin-size beds are available. A single room has one twin bed, and a double room has two twin beds.
Included: Rooms are furnished with bed sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels.
Bathrooms: Many of the residence halls have common bathroom facilities. Some accommodations, such as the Townhouse Community or suites in the West Campus Houses, have bathrooms that are only shared with other rooms within the townhouse or suite.
Air conditioning, air controlled:
Becker House, Ecology House, and the Townhouse Community offer air-conditioned accommodations.
Court-Kay-Bauer Halls, Mews Hall, Cook House, Bethe House, Keeton House, Rose House and Ithaca College's Emerson Hall are air-controlled buildings, but do not have individual air vents in each room, nor thermostats. Of note, most rooms have ceiling fans to complement the building's fixed temperature setting. All air-controlled buildings have a temperature setting between 71 & 74 degrees.
Mary Donlon Hall and Ithaca College's Quad Halls are neither air conditioned nor air controlled.
Disabilities: Adaptive accommodations are available for those with disabilities. Please refer to the Disability Housing Requests section at the bottom of this page.
Commencement guest housing is charged at a weekend 3-night package rate that includes Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. The rate is the same for a l-, 2-, or 3-night stay, and includes a breakfast buffet on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Cornell Residence Halls/Houses & Ithaca College's Emerson Hall:
$210 (non-taxable) per person for 3-night stay (Friday-Sunday nights, May 22-24). Includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday & Sunday mornings.
Cornell's Townhouse Community:
$950 (non-taxable) per four-person townhouse for 3 nights (Friday-Sunday nights, May 22-24). Includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday & Sunday mornings.
Ithaca College's Quad Halls:
$185 (non-taxable) per person for 3-night stay (Friday-Sunday nights, May 22-24). Includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday & Sunday mornings.
Degree candidates living on or off campus may make reservations by first entering the Commencement Housing Lottery which determines the order in which students select accommodations for their guests. (Degree candidates who are no longer living in the Ithaca area: please scroll down for specific instructions.)
Historically, everyone who participates in the lottery is able to reserve accommodations for their guests.
STEP 1: Enter the Commencement Housing Lottery (online)
When: Any time between 10:00am, February 2, 2015 and 12:00 noon, March 2, 2015
Where: Sign up here
You may enter the lottery by signing in with your Cornell NetID any time during the time period above. This is not first-come first-served, so the timing of your entrance will not impact what sign-up time you receive for Step 2. Once you enter the lottery, you will receive an immediate electronic reply with your randomly selected sign-up time to make room reservations in person on Monday, March 16, 2015 (see Step 2, below).
STEP 2: Reserve housing for your guests (in person)
When: Monday, March 16, 2015
Where: Robert Purcell Community Center, 2nd Floor Auditorium
Time: Please arrive 15 minutes* before your sign-up time
Forgot your lottery number / timeslot? You can view this information by logging in to the Sign up here link
*Arriving 15 minutes before the timeslot your received when you signed up for the Commencement Housing Lottery (Step 1) will enable you to view the housing options still available to you before your timeslot begins.
Note to Parents: Confirmation and reservation details are emailed to the student, so please ask your student to share those detailed emails with you.
Proxy forms: If you are unable to attend the housing selection event during your sign-up time, you may send a proxy in your place. Please print out and complete a Proxy Form, and have your proxy bring it to the reservation selection process in RPCC on March 16.
After the housing selection event: You may reserve any remaining spaces starting Tuesday, March 17, from 10:00am-4:00pm at 206 Robert Purcell Community Center.
Degree candidates who no longer live in the Ithaca area:
An on-campus housing reservation can be made by completing Step 1 of the lottery process to receive a timeslot and lottery number. The candidate may then return to the main page and complete the online reservation request for out-of-town students. The request must include the following information: number of spaces (beds) required, email and daytime telephone number. A reservation will be made for you according to your lottery number during the room reservation process on March 16. We will do our best to accommodate your request for location; however, please understand that some locations sell out quickly. You will be notified of your tentative reservation by March 17, via email. Your reservation will be confirmed by email upon payment.
Payment: If you are registered at Cornell for the Spring 2015 semester, the charge for Commencement housing will go on your bursar account. If you are not currently registered during this time, a credit card payment is required. No cash will be accepted.
Cancellations and refunds: Cancellations through April 6 will incur a $50 cancellation fee. All cancellations must be in writing to the Housing & Dining Contracts Office at email@example.com. No refunds will be made after April 6, 2015.
Some residence hall space is adapted for people with disabilities. Because these facilities are very limited, we ask that anyone requesting accommodations for a guest who requires wheelchair accessibility do so by February 13 by emailing the Housing & Dining Contracts Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: There are numerous options for ground-floor accommodations as well as buildings with elevator access. If you simply need a room where a guest will not have to negotiate steps, please make that request when making the room reservations, in Step 2 of the process, above.
Your disability housing request must include the following information:
In order to best accommodate all requests, disability housing reservations are not confirmed until after the February 13 deadline. You will receive a reservation confirmation via email no later than February 21.
After February 13, contact the Housing & Dining Contracts Office at 607-255-5368 or email@example.com to inquire about availability of disability housing.
Check-in begins at 4:00pm on Friday, May 22, at the following service centers and house offices. Check-out is by 10:00am Monday morning, May 25.
Please keep in mind that the service center and house office hours listed below are subject to change.
North Campus residence hall check-in
Guests staying in Court-Kay-Bauer Halls, Mews Hall, Mary Donlon Hall, Ecology House, and the Townhouse Community should check in at the service center in Robert Purcell Community Center beginning at 4:00pm on May 22.
The RPCC service center will be open for check-in – and guest assistance – during the following times:
Friday, May 22 – 4:00pm-2:00am
Saturday, May 23 – 6:00am-2:00am
Sunday, May 24 – 6:00am-8:00pm
Monday, May 25 – 8:00am-noon
RPCC service desk: 607-255-6214
Outside of service center hours, you may contact your area's on-call staff person; his or her contact information will be posted at the service center and at your building's main entrance.
West Campus check-in
Guests staying in Cook House, Becker House, Bethe House, Keeton House, and Rose House should check in at their building's House Office main desk beginning at 4:00pm on May 22.
The House Offices will be open for check-in – and guest assistance – during the following times:
Friday, May 22 – 4:00pm-8:00pm (the Bethe House service desk will be open 4:00pm-2:00am)
Saturday, May 23 – 7:30am-6:00pm (the Bethe House service desk will be open 6:00am-2:00am)
Sunday, May 24 – 7:30am-8:00pm
Monday, May 25 – 8:00am-noon
Becker House Office: 607-255-8495
Bethe House Office: 607-255-7210
Cook House Office: 607-255-9543
Keeton House Office: 607-255-3195
Rose House Office: 607-255-7752
Outside of service center hours, you may contact your building's on-call staff person; his or her contact information will be posted at your building's main entrance.Ithaca College residence hall check-in
Guests staying in Ithaca College's residence halls should check in at Ithaca College's Emerson Hall beginning at 4:00pm on May 22.
Emerson Hall's service desk will be open for check-in – and guest assistance – during the following times:
Friday, May 22 – 4:00pm-11:30pm
Saturday, May 23 – 8:00am-11:30pm
Sunday, May 24 – 8:00am-9:00pm
Monday, May 25 – 8:00am-1:00pm
Outside of service center hours, you may contact your area's on-call staff person; his or her contact information will be posted at Emerson Hall and at your building's main entrance.
Parking is free in the residence hall parking lots beginning at noon on Friday, May 22, through 9:00pm on Monday, May 25, on a space-available basis. Special parking permits are not needed for the weekend. However, you may not park in handicap spaces without an appropriate permit.
On Saturday, free on-campus bus service will be available beginning 7:00am until 9:00pm. Buses will stop at all parking and bus stop locations noted on the campus map. Visit the Parking & Seating page for information.
On Sunday, Commencement day, free on-campus bus service will be available beginning 7:00am until 5:00pm. Buses will stop every 10-15 minutes at locations noted on the campus map.
If you need help locating places on campus, please look at the Maps & Directions page for assistance.
Guests staying at Ithaca College:
You will need to provide your own transportation between Ithaca College and Cornell. Please refer to this map for a suggested driving route. Free shuttle buses will be available to transport guests from Cornell's parking lots (A Lot, B Lot, etc.)at the periphery of campus to the Commencement activities.
You may also take public transportation to Cornell. TCAT bus route #11 picks up every half hour at Ithaca College. The bus goes through downtown Ithaca, where it changes to route #30, #70, or #90, depending on the day and hour. All three routes will bring you up to Cornell's campus. Please check the TCAT website at www.tcatbus.com for pick-up and drop-off times and locations. TCAT's Trip Planner page can be particularly helpful.
Please refer to our Commencement Housing FAQs.
Or, please contact:
Housing & Dining Contracts Office
Office of Residential and Event Services
Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm, EST