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Cornell University Commencement Weekend May 24-26, 2024

At the cherished gathering place, The Statler Hotel, we are delighted to invite you and your family to enjoy a dining experience to celebrate your Cornell 2024 graduate. Commencement weekend is the pinnacle of each graduate’s journey at Cornell — it is a time to showcase accomplishments, cherish relationships and reflect on life experiences fostered in this special community. 

Reservations are required for dining in Taverna Banfi and The Ballroom

Cornell University Commencement Weekend Information can be found here: Events & Schedule – Office of Commencement Events


In-Person Commencement Ceremonies 

Saturday May 25, 2024

10:30 A.M.

2:30 P.M

Ceremonies will be located at Schoellkopf Field, 0.5 miles/8-minute walking distance to The Statler Hotel.

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Enjoy your meals at Tavena Banfi

Taverna Banfi

Reservations Required

Friday-Sunday Breakfast Buffet 

7:00 A.M. – 9:15 A.M. 

Friday Lunch Buffet 

 11:30 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. 

Saturday & Sunday Brunch Buffet 

 9:30 A.M. – 1:30 P.M.

Friday-Sunday 4-Course Prix Fixe Dinner 

5:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.

Our chefs at Taverna Banfi embrace the inspiration of Tuscan cuisine to execute modern dishes using the freshest ingredients for an unforgettable dining experience. Your perfectly paced meal will transport you to Montalcino, Italy: home of the Castello Banfi Wine Estate for which the restaurant is named.


The Carrier Ballroom

Reservations Required

Saturday-Sunday Brunch Buffet 

10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M

Friday-Saturday Gala Dinner Buffet 

6:00 P.M. – 8:00 P.M.

regent lounge

The Regent Lounge

Reservations Not Accepted

Our Lounge dining menu will 

be available from 4 P.M – 10:30 P.M


 2:00 P.M – 12:00 A.M.

Saturday Lunch Buffet 

11:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M


4:00 P.M. – 12:00 A.M.


4:00 P.M. – 10:30 P.M.

The perfect place to relax with modern craft cocktails as well as delightful small plates and casual dinner options.

Lounge Menu

Terrace burrito bowl

The Terrace Restaurant

Reservations Not Accepted

Friday & Saturday 

10:00 A.M – 4:00 P.M

Dine at your student’s favorite place ­– One of Cornell’s most popular quick service lunch locations. The Terrace Restaurant, located on the ground floor of The Statler Hotel, offers a variety of made-to-order meals including salads, burritos, pho, curry chicken fingers and house-made soup. 

Securing a Reservation

Reservation Requests Open Wednesday January 10, 2024

To secure a dining reservation for Taverna Banfi and The Carrier Ballroom, reservation requests must be submitted after January 10, 2024.

All reservation requests will be received by our Special Events Coordinator, please allow 3-business day for your request to be processed. If your requested time is not available, we will reach out with alternative time frames. 

guest at taverna banfi

Guest Count, Cancellation and Transfer Policy

  • Final guest count is due Wednesday May 8, 2024.
  • An increase in party size is not guaranteed but may be accepted based upon availability.
  • Reservations are not transferrable to another party.
clock tower view guestroom

Reservation Timing

Your understanding and support during this high-volume commencement weekend is truly valued. As we strive to provide high quality service to all our guests, we want to provide important timing details related to your reservation.

  • All reservations are allocated 2.5 hours.
  • Reservations will be held for 15 minutes past the confirmed time.
  • We are unable to guarantee your table if you arrive 15 minutes past your reserved time. We will do our best to accommodate based upon availability.
  • Your entire party must be present at the designated time before being seated.


  • Due to Cornell University’s traffic restrictions during commencement weekend, The Statler hotel will accommodate ONE (1) vehicle 15 minutes prior to your scheduled dining reservation in Taverna Banfi and The Carrier Ballroom. 
  • Complimentary parking at The Statler Hotel is ONLY available for dinner reservations in Taverna Banfi and The Carrier Ballroom. 
  • The Statler Hotel does NOT provide parking for The Regent Lounge, Terrace Restaurant, breakfast reservation, brunch reservations or lunch reservations.