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 27-29, 2016).
Accommodations are in Cornell's undergraduate residential buildings on North Campus and West Campus. 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 EST February 1 to 11:59pm EST on Monday, February 29. 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 and High Rise 5. Rooms in Court-Kay-Bauer Halls and Mews Hall are clustered with shared bathrooms. Mary Donlon Hall offers corridor-style rooms with shared bathrooms. Ecology House double rooms with private bathrooms. High Rise 5 offers six bed suites with en suite bathrooms. Townhouse Apartments have 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. Ecology House offers private bathrooms.
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 and 74 degrees.
Mary Donlon Hall and High Rise 5 are not air conditioned or 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:
$215 (non-taxable) per person for 3-night stay (Friday-Sunday nights, May 27-29). Includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Cornell's Townhouse Community:
$970 (non-taxable) per four-person townhouse for 3 nights (Friday-Sunday nights, May 27-29). Includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday and 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 EST, February 1, 2016 and 11:59pm EST, February 29, 2016
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 14, 2016 (see Step 2, below).
STEP 2: Reserve housing for your guests (in person)
When: Monday, March 14, 2016
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 you 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: If you would like to be copied on reservations confirmation and details, please ask your student to add your email address to the contract list when enrolling for the lottery.
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 14. If you would like the Residential and Event Services Office to proxy for you, please write "RES Office" on the proxy form name line. We will do our best to accommodate your request for location. However, please understand that some locations sell out quickly. You will be notified by email on March 14 of your tentative reservation with a link to confirm your reservation. Your tentative reservation must be confirmed within 24 hours. Unconfirmed reservations will be cancelled after 24 hours following the email notification.
After the housing selection event: You may reserve any remaining spaces starting Tuesday, March 15, 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 14. 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 16, via email. Your reservation will be confirmed by email upon payment.
Payment: If you are registered at Cornell for the Spring 2016 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 4 will incur a $50 cancellation fee. All cancellations must be in writing to the Housing & Dining Contracts Office at firstname.lastname@example.org. No refunds will be made after April 4, 2016.
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 January 31, 2016 by emailing the Housing & Dining Contracts Office at email@example.com.
Note: There are numerous options for accommodations in 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 January 31 deadline. You will receive a reservation confirmation via email no later than February 12.
After January 31, contact the Housing & Dining Contracts Office at 607-255-5368 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about availability of disability housing.
Check-in begins at 4:00pm on Friday, May 27, at the following service centers and house offices. Check-out is by 10:00am Monday morning, May 30.
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, High Rise 5, 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 27.
The RPCC service center will be open for check-in – and guest assistance – during the following times:
Friday, May 27 – 4:00pm-2:00am
Saturday, May 28 – 6:00am-2:00am
Sunday, May 29 – 6:00am-8:00pm
Monday, May 30 – 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 27.
The House Offices will be open for check-in – and guest assistance – during the following times:
Friday, May 27 – 4:00pm-8:00pm (the Bethe House service desk will be open 4:00pm-2:00am)
Saturday, May 28 – 7:30am-6:00pm (the Bethe House service desk will be open 6:00am-2:00am)
Sunday, May 29 – 7:30am-8:00pm
Monday, May 30 – 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 27.
Emerson Hall's service desk will be open for check-in – and guest assistance – during the following times:
Friday, May 27 – 4:00pm-11:00pm
Saturday, May 28 – 8:00am-9:00pm
Sunday, May 29 – 8:00am-1:00pm
Monday, May 30 – 8:00am-12:00pm
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 27, through 9:00pm on Monday, May 30, 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