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Special Event Transportation and Parking

Graduates at Schoellkopf Stadium

Special events, celebrations, and ceremonies will affect parking availability and traffic circulation throughout the academic year. Information about event preparations and guidance for guests and community members is posted below and updated annually.

Annual Events - Transportation & Parking Guidance

Homecoming Celebration September 23-24, 2022

Homecoming

Homecoming activities begin Friday, September 23, 2022. Visit https://alumni.cornell.edu/come-back/homecoming/ for event information and registration.

Parking Lot Closures

  • The Crescent Lot will close at 5 pm on Wednesday, September 21, and reopen at 5 pm on Sunday, September 25. All vehicles must be removed from the parking lot by 5 pm on Wednesday or risk being towed.

  • The Hoy Road parking garage will be open to permit holders only (no ParkMobile parking allowed) on Friday, September 23. Additionally, on Friday:

    • Levels 4 and 5 of the garage will be closed to all parkers.

    • No entries are allowed after 5 pm. No exits are permitted between 7 pm and 10 pm.

  • On Saturday, September 24, the following parking lots are reserved for game-day events:

    • Lynah/Teagle

    • Bartels Hall

    • Alumni Field

    • Wing Drive

    • Kite Hill (Campus Rd)

Road Closures

  • On Friday, September 23:
    • Campus Rd between Hoy Rd and Wing Dr closed from 6 pm to 10 pm
    • Garden Ave between Campus Rd and Tower Rd closed from 6 pm to 10 pm
    • Hoy Rd closes at 8:30 pm for the duration of the fireworks display
  • On Saturday, September 24:
    • Vehicle traffic will be prohibited on Campus Rd between Hoy Rd and Wing Dr from 8 am to 5:30 pm

Please use patience when traveling on campus and comply with all traffic-control devices and instructions.

Commencement May 27-28, 2022

June Commencement Ceremonies

The university will host two commencement ceremonies on May 28. In order to keep everything running smoothly for all graduates and guests, please:

  • Review parking options and shuttle routes.
  • Plan to wear a mask when riding shuttles.
  • Comply with all traffic control signage and directions.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking accommodations must be requested via the Office of Commencement Events.

Shuttle Transportation

Park and Ride Shuttle Service Saturday

Free campus bus service will be available from 7:30 a.m. until approximately 5 p.m. and will travel between the parking lots noted on the map. Bus frequency is approximately every ten to fifteen minutes.

Buses are fully accessible and will travel from the pick-up locations at the A Lot, Central Campus, B Lot, and then on to the Crescent Lot behind the stadium.

Parking and Shuttle Maps

Friday, May 27 Events (Cornell Campus Map)

Campus parking lots are open to all guests attending individual college events throughout the day and evening.

Saturday, May 28 Events (Saturday Campus Access Map)

1st University Commencement Ceremony, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

  • Stadium Gates Open: 8 a.m. 
  • Academic Procession from Arts Quad: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.
  • Ceremony: 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
  • Exit Stadium and Parking Lots: 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

2nd University Commencement Ceremony, 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

  • Stadium Gates Open: 12:30 p.m.
  • Academic Procession from Arts Quad: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Ceremony: 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Exit Stadium: 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. 

Road Closures Saturday, May 28

Traffic will be prohibited on:

  • Campus Road between College Avenue to Wing Drive from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Hoy Road will be closed from Campus Road to Hoy Parking Garage's lower entrance from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Garden Ave. will be closed between Campus Road and Tower Road, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Feeney Way will be closed between Campus Road and Tower Road, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Feeney Way between Tower Road and University Ave. will ONLY be open for buses.
  • Tower Road between Feeney Way and Judd Falls will ONLY be open for buses.

Reunion Weekend June 9-12, 2022

Over 7,000 alumni and guests are expected to attend Cornell Reunion 2022. Several parking lots will be reserved for the use of returning alumni from Thursday, June 9 to Sunday, June 12. In addition to returning alumni parking, some areas will be reserved for the vendors and service providers entrusted to make this a memorable event for our guests. Where appropriate, signage noting the restrictions will be in place and must be observed.

Parking Lot Closures June 9-12

  • Appel Commons Lot on North Campus will be reserved for guest parking from Thursday, June 9 to Sunday, June 12.
  • The Crescent Lot will close at 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, and reopen by 7:30 a.m. Sunday, June 12. All vehicles must be moved from the lot or risk being towed at the owner’s expense.
  • The A Lot will be reserved for all reunion classes housed on North Campus beginning Friday, June 10 to Sunday, June 12.

Parking Accommodations Friday, June 10

Campus parking permit and payment requirements are suspended Friday, June 10 except in the lots mentioned abovereserved and accessible spaces, and life safety zones. Community members are encouraged to plan their commute with this event in mind, and avoid driving on campus if possible. Alternatives to parking on campus include using a park-and-ride, working remotely (if permitted), sharing the ride, taking transit, or cycling or walking to campus.

TCAT buses are currently running on a summer schedule. Please visit tcatbus.com for the route, stop, and schedule information.

If you have questions about parking and transit options, visit parking.cornell.edu, or contact Transportation Services at transportation@cornell.edu.

Fall Opening Week August 15-19, 2022

The fall semester move-in week begins on August 15, 2022.

Recommended Approach Routes

Recommended approach routes are designed to get resident students to their unloading zone quickly and easily. Do not rely on GPS once you arrive in IthacaPlease follow signs and/or directions from volunteers and traffic control personnel.

Parking After Unloading

After unloading, students who purchased parking permits will be directed to their specified lot or temporary lot for move-in week if they plan to keep their vehicles on campus for the semester. All other vehicle drivers must obtain a permit for one of the central or east campus parking lots if choosing to return to Residence Hall and/or attend move-in day activities. Parking options have been communicated via email to students with the reservation link.

Transit and Shuttle Service

Public Transit and dedicated shuttle service will be available from campus parking lots to North, West, and South campus bus stops. Please be patient, and be prepared for delays due to congestion and changing traffic patterns.

Public Transit

  • TCAT Public Transit App
    Find your stop, get alerts, and locate your bus in real-time. Ride free on the Cornell campus August 15-19. 

  • Recommended Routes: North Campus: 81, 30; West Campus: 10; Parking lots to Central Campus: 82

Charter Bus and Public Transit Shuttle Maps

Road Closures and Circulation Changes

  • Cradit Farm Drive: One-way westbound August 15-19; restricted to move-in traffic
  • Jessup Road: Restricted to move-in traffic August 15-19
  • West Avenue: One-way southbound August 15-19
  • Pleasant Grove Road: Main approach to North Campus; expect delays
  • Feeney Way/Thurston Avenue: Approach to and depart from North Campus; expect delays
  • Stewart Ave/University Avenue: Main approach to South and West Campus; expect delays

Parking Lots Reserved for Move-In Day Activities August 15-19, 2022

North Campus (map)

  • A Lot
  • Appel Commons Lot
  • Dickson Hall Lot
  • Donlon Hall Lot
  • Helen Newman Hall Lot
  • Program House Drive
  • Robert Purcell Community Center

West and South Campus (map)

  • Stewart/Williams Lot
  • University Ave Lot
  • West Ave Lot

Central Campus (map)

  • Crescent Lot (ParkMobile)
  • Bartels Lot (ParkMobile)
  • Peterson Lot (ParkMobile)
  • Toboggan Lodge Lot
  • TRB Lot

Recommendations

  • Do not rely on GPS once you arrive in Ithaca. Please follow the yellow or blue signs and/or directions from traffic personnel.
  • The driver must remain with the vehicle during the unloading process. Do not leave the vehicle.
  • Driving on sidewalks is permitted only during the initial move-in period. Please follow signs and/or directions from volunteers and traffic control personnel. Vehicles are not allowed on campus paths and walkways.