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On-Campus Commencement Housing

Commencement housing applications will be available—only for graduating seniors—February 3 (9:00am)–April 15, 2020 for a limited number of spaces within residential houses. Graduating seniors may request up to five beds (not five rooms) for a total of five guests by going online to the Residential Life website, logging into the Residence Housing System, and completing the Commencement Housing Application. Only the graduating senior will have access to the online application. All requests and room assignments are first-come, first-served. A confirmation of reservations will be sent to students on a weekly basis throughout the application period. No more applications will be accepted once the available spaces have been taken.

Room Assignment

Please note that rooms will be located among other guests as well as students who are remaining for Commencement and provide each guest with a twin bed, basic linens (sheets, pillows, pillowcase, and towel) and shared coed community bathroom. Requests for shared doubles will be assigned according to availability. If doubles are not available, guests will be assigned to singles in close proximity to one another. 

Check-in and Check-out

Guests may stay one, two, or three nights beginning Friday, May 22. Check-in is between 2:00pm and 10:00pm, Friday–Sunday, but graduating seniors will be strongly encouraged to pick up their keys for their guests on Friday. Check-out must occur no later than 9:00am on Monday, May 25: Room keys and access cards should be returned to the Residential Operations Center (ROC) on the first floor of Main Building.

Requests for Special Accommodations

If a request includes an individual who requires special accommodation, this should be made clear on the application. Such requests should be made on the basis of need in order to ensure that all those who have a genuine need are likely to be accommodated.


A total of $50 per guest will be charged to the graduating senior’s Vassar account. Guests may bring sleeping bags for small children who may stay in the same room at no extra cost and not be counted against the maximum of five guests; seniors should be sure to note such situations with children on the application as we will offer free beds if there are extras. Cancellations will be accepted and refunded only through April 22.

Commencement Housing Timeline

  • February 3 (9:00am)–April 15 Applications available and due
  • April 22 Housing cancellation deadline for refunds
  • May 22–24 Housing check-in between 2:00pm–10:00pm
  • May 25 Checkout by 9:00am 

Please feel free to forward housing questions to

For more information about staying on campus for a future ceremony, visit commencement housing information on the Residential Life.