Area Accommodations

Many of the colleges in the Hudson Valley share their commencement weekend with Vassar. This means demand for local hotel accommodations will be high. Please see the Lodging page on our Visit site.

Restaurant Reservations

As stated above, demand at local eateries will be high. Please make reservations as early as possible. For a list of area restaurants please see the Dining page on our Visit site. For on campus dining options please visit


Automobile access to Main campus is prohibited from 9:00 p.m. Saturday through Commencement Day at 3:00 p.m. All guests must park at the Farm. Limited parking will be available at the South Lot. Shuttle buses will run continuously Sunday morning from the Farm and South Lot to the commencement site beginning at 7:30 a.m.


Vehicle Parking

Guests with mobility concerns are permitted to park on Main campus by reserving a parking pass and may reserve Accessible seating by contacting the Campus Activities Office, (845) 437-5370 or Security officers will direct guests to the appropriate parking spaces.

The campus will re-open to vehicular traffic at approximately 3:00 p.m.

Golf Carts

Golf Carts are available to take guests with mobility concerns from the drop off point in front of Ferry House Dorm to view the ceremony either from inside the Martel Theater or from under the Accessibility tents at the top of Commencement Hill.

Martel Theater

The Martel theater is climate controlled and has closed captioning.

Return transportation after the Commencement ceremony

Limited Golf Cart service is available for those that reserved accessible seating and those in need of transport. Pick up same as drop off locations.


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Things to Do

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