Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to register?
Thursday and Friday’s public events are open to all. If you have been invited to process in the inauguration ceremony, you will be required to register. Should you need additional information, please email the Inauguration Committee at or call (607) 255-6347. We look forward to celebrating with you on the Hill!

Is there a charge/fee for any of the activities?
No, all public events related to the inauguration are free of charge.

Are the events ticketed?
No, there are no tickets for any of the public inauguration events, but please keep in mind that entry and seating are available on a first-come-first-served basis.

What are my lodging options in Ithaca?
More information on accommodations in the Ithaca area, including details on rates and availability, can be found at

Are children welcome?
Children are welcome to attend all public inauguration events.

Where do I park?
Because classes will be in session during the inauguration events, parking spaces on campus will be extremely limited. If you are a visitor to Ithaca and will have a vehicle with you, we strongly recommend that you leave it at your lodging facility and take advantage of any free transportation the facility provides.

Two shuttles will be provided for guests staying in downtown area hotels or Ithaca residents wanting to attend the inauguration ceremony and street fair. These shuttles will run from 10:30 am – 10:30 pm on Friday, August 25. A “red” shuttle loop will service guests staying at the Hilton Garden Inn (Seneca Street TCAT stop) and the Hotel Ithaca. The “blue” shuttle loop will pick-up guests staying at the Downtown Marriott and make a stop at the Green Street TCAT bus stop. Please see the map for routes and stops.

If you are planning to drive, you may park in the B Lot or TRB lot, which is located on Campus Road near the intersection of Tower Road (GPS: 42.446397, -76.464369). Shuttle buses will run a loop to transport guests from both B Lot and TRB Lot to the Arts Quad and back.

  • Directions to the parking lots
  • Map of the parking lot and shuttle route

How do I get from the parking lot to the Inauguration festivities?
Shuttle buses will transport guests from the shuttle stop on Campus Road at B Lot and TRB Lot to the Arts Quad and back. Look for a shuttle stop on Campus Road (and remember where you’re parked!).

What hours are the shuttle buses running?
The shuttle bus will run from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. between Lot B and the Arts Quad on August 25.

I have a parking permit for persons with disabilities. Where should I park?
Accessible parking will be made available behind White Hall on Central Ave (GPS: 42.450207, -76.485447).

Will the shuttles be handicapped- and wheelchair-accessible?

Will there be seating at the various activities?
Yes, seating will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. If you have any specific accessibility needs, please contact the Inauguration Committee at

I am a member of Cornell’s faculty and plan to process, but do not have my own regalia. Will Cornell provide regalia for members of its faculty?
All Cornell University faculty are welcome to process in the inauguration ceremony on Friday, August 25. Faculty may borrow regalia at no cost. Please indicate that you need regalia and provide your height when you register. Regalia may be picked-up in 163 Day Hall between 9 am and 5 pm on Thursday, August 24 and Friday, August 25. Please return your regalia to 163 Day Hall immediately after the ceremony.

I am a delegate representing an academic institution, learned or professional society; do I need to bring my own regalia for the procession?
Yes, delegates from other institutions are responsible for providing their own regalia for the Installation procession.

Will the ceremony and street fair be moved in the event of severe weather?
Yes. In the event of severe weather, the installation ceremony will move indoors to Bailey Hall and the street fair to the Ramin Room in Bartels Hall. We will be monitoring the weather in the days leading up to the event and will communicate any change in venue or start time, early on Friday, August 25 via

Are the opportunities to volunteer for the inauguration?
Yes. To sign up, please register here.

Whom do I contact with additional questions?
Questions and concerns should be shared with the Inauguration Committee at