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Guest Parking

Campus parking is free for families and guests of graduating students, beginning noon Friday through 9:00pm Monday. (Staff need to use their permits all day Friday.)

As you near campus from any direction, follow the many signs directing you to parking lots on campus. From there, enjoy our weekend Park & Ride arrangements of free buses running continual loops around campus that include stops at parking lots, Schoellkopf Stadium, and other locations on campus for college/department events.

Road Closures (Campus Buses Only)

For safety reasons, specific campus roads will be closed to personal vehicles on Saturday and Sunday. (See Accessible Parking for guests unable to Park & Ride.) Transportation services such as limousines, taxis, hotel vans, privately-chartered buses, etc. are considered private vehicles and must follow the same road closure restrictions. If using a transportation service to get to Commencement, your driver will need to drop you off at the A-Lot or B-Lot where you may then board a campus bus (park & ride) to get to the stadium. Please familiarize yourself with weekend Park & Ride plans noting restrictions with campus parking areas, bus routes, closed parking lots, and closed roads.

Saturday: Guests may park for free in open lots/spaces, with the exception of noted road & lot closures.

Sunday: Central Campus roads are closed 8am-4pm on Sunday.

Accessible Parking at Schoellkopf Stadium:
Due to road closures, families/drivers cannot drive to stadium entrances (even with a handicap tag) to drop off passengers, as our Park & Ride buses do. However, we understand that the Park & Ride system may not be suitable for everyone, so guests who need other arrangements should request an Accessibility Plan through the Commencement Office. The guest does not need to own a handicap tag in order to request an Accessibility Plan.

Guests with wheelchairs, walkers, motorized scooters, etc. will need to obtain a yellow "Option 1" mobility-impaired parking permit from the Commencement Office, rather than use the park-n-ride shuttle system. Vehicles displaying a yellow "Option 1" parking permit will be allowed to park at the stadium garage and enter the stadium with no stairs to navigate.
Handicap Tags: Although a handicap tag will permit guests to park in designated handicap spaces in open parking areas, they do NOT provide access to closed roads. Since central campus roads are closed 8am-4pm on Sunday, guests are not permitted to drive through campus to drop off passengers or park at/near Schoellkopf Stadium. However, if a guest needs to park at Schoellkopf Stadium, the Commencement Office is happy to provide a special parking permit that will allow mobility-impaired guests to park in the Schoellkopf Stadium parking garage, entering from Rte 366/Hoy Road. (Owning a handicap tag is not necessary.) For a stadium garage parking permit, please click here and request "Option 1" parking & seating arrangements:

Residence Halls (dorms): There is no charge or permit required for parking in the residence hall parking lots Friday through Monday. Parking is on a space-available basis.

RV Parking: Daytime RV parking on campus Saturday and Sunday will be in the A Lot at North Campus. No overnight RV parking on campus allowed.

Check the Road Closures page for Commencement Day road closure information.


For Commencement, all guests are urged to be in their seats by 9:00am, 9:30am at the latest. Announcements start at 9:45am and degree candidates will be processing into the stadium from 10:00-11:00am. This is a fun, festive time to be watching for your student! The formal ceremony begins at 11:00am and will end by noon.

General Seating:
General seating is in the Crescent. Seating is bleacher-style with stairs and no back support. Buses bring guests from campus parking lots to the Crescent. From there, guests will walk under the Crescent seating, and through a portal (entryway). Please be aware that when you walk through the portal, you will be about 2/3 of the way up the stadium, not at ground/field level.

Mobility-Impaired Seating at Field Level (Option 1)
This seating area has folding chairs for back support and can accommodate wheelchairs, walkers and scooters. It is easily accessible from the stadium parking garage. Vehicles must display a yellow Option 1 parking permit to enter/park in the garage.
Mobility-Impaired Seating in Bleachers (Option 2)
This seating arrangement is the same as general seating in the Crescent (see "general seating") but with no more than 10 stairs to climb. The Option 2 seating areas in the Crescent are rows of bleachers located between portals/entryways to minimize the number of stairs to climb. This seating is not at field level. Guests must request Option 2 parking & seating arrangements to have access to this special seating area.

Strollers: The stadium bleachers are not conducive to standard strollers. Smaller umbrella-style strollers are fine since they can be folded.

Degree candidates will be seated in chairs on Schoellkopf Field for Commencement.

Pets: No animals (other than service animals), alcoholic beverages or glass bottles are allowed inside Schoellkopf Stadium.

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Contact Information

Commencement Office
B13 Day Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
(607) 255-9541
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