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Commencement Housing Q&A

How many beds can I reserve through the room selection process?

You can reserve up to two townhouses or two west campus suites or ten beds. If you need more beds, please email your request to commencement_housing@cornell.edu.

What buildings are available?

On Cornell’s North Campus: Court-Kay-Bauer, Ecology House, Jameson Hall, and Mews Hall/Loving House are available, along with a very limited number of Townhouses. On Cornell’s West Campus: Alice Cook House, Carl Becker House, Flora Rose House, Han Bethe House, and William Keeton House are available. On Cornell’s South Campus: Sheldon Court (two night (Friday and Saturday) no meals package only.

What is the cost? How do I pay?

We offer three Commencement guest housing packages:

  • North Campus Residence Halls/West Campus Houses 2020 rate: $220 (non-taxable) per person for three-night stay (Friday-Sunday nights, May 22-24). Includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
  • South Campus Residence Hall 2020 rate: $150 (non-taxable) per person for two-night stay (Friday-Saturday nights, May 22-23). No meals included.
  • Townhouse Community 2020 rate: $1,000 (non-taxable) per four-person townhouse for three nights (Friday-Sunday nights, May 22-24). Includes a buffet breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Payment is due at time of reservation. Students who are currently registered will be bursar billed. Non-registered students need to make payment by credit card.

What if my family will only be here for one night?

The cost is still the same. No exceptions.

What is the cancellation process?

All cancellations for confirmed reservations through Monday April 6, 2020 will incur a $50 per bed cancellation fee. No refunds will be made after Monday April 6, 2020 All cancellations must be made in writing to: commencement_housing@cornell.edu.  

What is included in the room?

Rooms are furnished with bed sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels. All beds are single beds, and the majority of the residence halls have shared common bathroom facilities. Becker House, Ecology House, and the Townhouses offer air conditioning. Court-Kay-Bauer, Mews and Loving House, Cook House, Bethe House, Keeton House, and Rose House are air-controlled buildings, but do not have individual air vents in each room nor thermostats. Of note, rooms in the West Campus House System have ceiling fans to complement the building’s fixed temperature setting. All air-controlled buildings have a temperature setting between 71 and 74 degrees. Jameson Hall and Sheldon Court are not air conditioned or air controlled.  

Where can guests staying in residence halls park?

There is no charge or permit required for parking in the residence hall parking lots beginning at 9:00am Friday, May 22 through Monday, May 25 on a space-available basis. Special parking permits are not needed for the weekend. On Saturday, there is no charge or permit required to park on campus. On Sunday, there is no charge or permit required to park in outlying campus parking lots designated for Commencement parking. Between 8:00am and 4:00pm on Sunday, all central campus roads will be closed. Park in outlying parking lots and take buses to Schoelkopf Stadium before, during, and after Commencement. Buses will run continuous routes across campus between A Lot and B Lot. Review information at commencement.cornell.edu.

RVs – Daytime RV parking on campus Saturday and Sunday will be in A Lot on North Campus. No overnight RV parking on campus is permitted. Please call the Park Service at 800-456-CAMP (456-2267) for more information about overnight camping in the Ithaca area.How can I get a reservation confirmation?  

How can I get a reservation confirmation?

Students will receive an email confirmation once they make an online reservation (process opens 12:00pm noon on Tuesday, March 17). Please ask your student forward the reservation confirmation email to you.

Where and when can I check-in?

Check-in begins at 12pm Friday, May 22, 2020.

Guests staying in North Campus Residence Halls (Court-Kay-Bauer, Ecology House, Jameson Hall, Mews/Loving House, and Townhouse Apartments) should check in at Robert Purcell service center during the following hours:

  • Friday, May 22 - 12:00pm-2:00am
  • Saturday, May 23 - 6:00am-2:00am
  • Sunday, May 24 - 6:00am-8:00pm
  • Monday, May 25 - 8:00am-Noon

Guests staying in Sheldon Court should check in at the Cascadilla Hall service center during the following hours:

  • Friday, May 22 – 12:00pm-2:00am
  • Saturday, May 23 – 6:00am-2:00am
  • Sunday, May 24 – 6:00am-12:00pm

Guests staying in West Campus Houses (Cook House, Becker House, Bethe House, Keeton House, and Rose House) should check in at their building's house office main desk during the following hours:

  • Friday, May 22 - 12:00pm-8:00pm**
  • Saturday, May 23 - 7:30am-6:00pm**
  • Sunday, May 24 - 7:30am-6:00pm**
  • Monday, May 25 - 8:00am-Noon

**After-hours check-ins: The Keeton House Office will be open 12:00pm to 2:00am on Friday, May 22, 6:00am to 2:00am Saturday, May 23, and 7:00am to 8:00pm on Sunday, May 24 for West Campus guests.

What if my guests plan to arrive after service center hours?

The graduating senior needs to pick-up the guest room keys during the service center hours. You can then give the keys to your guest when they arrive. If this is not possible, guests should use the posted on-call numbers for assistance.  

Additional Questions?

Email: commencement_housing@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-5368