Graduation Weekends 2024

Graduation weekends are May 17-19 and May 24-26, 2024.

Congratulations to all the Class of 2024 graduates from Ithaca College and Cornell University. We look forward to welcoming your visiting friends and family to the Ithaca area as they celebrate your accomplishments.

Ithaca College’s primary day of graduation is Sunday, May 19th. Find Ithaca College commencement information.
On May18th, Ithaca College will host its traditional Commencement Eve Concert and Fireworks.

Cornell University’s primary graduation day is Saturday, May 26th, convocation celebrations are happening Friday through Sunday. Find Cornell University commencement events and schedule

There are many ways to celebrate the outstanding accomplishments of graduating students. From our waterfalls and gorges to the Downtown Commons, there are so many reasons Ithaca is unique. Soak in these last few moments in your college town and create lasting memories. Everyone should plan to practice patience and consideration during potentially longer wait times at your favorite businesses and restaurants. Many of our businesses continue to experience staffing shortages while still aiming to provide excellent service.

What to Expect for Food and Dining

During these busier-than-usual weekends, restaurants may require reservations or may quickly reach capacity limitations. Please plan to call ahead or take advantage of options to order online when available. Same-day orders may not be accommodated as capacities may be reached early.
Many casual eateries downtown including those on Aurora Street may not be taking reservations, so please anticipate a wait. You can enjoy shopping on The Commons while you wait.

Availability is not guaranteed. Here are some dining options to consider:

  • Maxie’s Supper Club is open for dinner, and reservations are suggested (Please call the restaurant directly for reservations, a credit card is required.)
  • Boatyard Grill special hours for graduation weekends.
  • Mia is open for dinner, reservations are suggested.
  • The Heights features a set menu with reservations available for both graduation weekends.
  • Gola Osteria fully booked for Cornell University Graduation, walk-ins/reservations available for Ithaca College. Parties of 6 or more must order a prix fixe menu ahead of their reservation. See details:
  • Special event idea - Lunch or dinner with Chef Scott Riesenberger and Sommelier Laura Winter Falk

Greenstar Co-opWegmansMain Street Market in Trumansburg, and Brookton’s Market all offer some grab-and-go food options, locally produced cheeses, and other food and drink. A picnic-style lunch may be fun to create and offer you the flexibility to enjoy in a park or your own accommodations.

Ideas for exploring the greater Ithaca area outdoors: