May Commencement 2016:


Rooms are fully committed at this time


Requests to be added to the waitlist may be sent to: 


Cancellations and Deposits :

Cancellation and modification requests must be received in writing at least 30 days before the planned arrival date. Reservations made within the cancellation period are considered non-refundable and require a full prepayment at the time of booking. 

Non-refundable, advance deposits will be processed beginning 30 days prior to the reservation arrival date. The deposit amount is equal to the amount of room and tax for the number of rooms received. No rooms will be held without a deposit. Cancellations made within 30 days of arrival will be subject to a forfeit of the entire deposit.


May Commencement 2017:

Room requests for May 5th and 6th of 2017 may be submitted by email, beginning Monday, May 9, 2016 at 8am EST through Wednesday May 11, 2016 at 11:59pm EST.  Guests calling in for reservations will be asked to email their requests to to ensure fairness and consistency in the process.  Emails received outside of these dates (based on our electronic time stamp) will NOT be included in the initial room assignment process and will be placed on the waitlist.

On Thursday, May 12th, guests will be selected at random through a lottery for room assignments until all available rooms are committed in the hotel.  Due to the overwhelming number of requests during this time and our desire to accommodate as many families as possible during this exciting time, there will be a maximum of 3 rooms reserved per guest.  Emailed requests should include the following information:

  • Requested stay dates (there is no minimum length of stay required for May Commencement; rates will start at $399/night)
  • Number of guests per room
  • Contact information for confirmation, including preferred contact times
  • Any accessibility requirements or special concerns
  • Preferred property (Nittany Lion Inn, The Penn Stater, Either)
  • Preferred room type - (standard, deluxe or suite) - based on availability at time of confirmation

All guests will receive a confirmation email stating that we have received your request for accommodations.  Please allow 72 hours for us to process the initial calls for room assignments from the lottery drawings.  If we are able to accommodate your request, you will receive a phone call from our team requesting additional information, including a valid credit card and deposit to guarantee the room(s).

A non-refundable deposit of $100 will be charged upon confirmation for each room reserved.  This deposit will be collected as a cancellation fee at any time the reservation is cancelled after booking.  The remaining balance on any reservations will be due and charged 30 days prior to arrival, at which time the reservation cannot be changed or cancelled.  Please use caution when submitting multiple requests for a single family to avoid cancellation fees imposed on duplicate bookings.

If you are selected in the lottery and receive a call from our team to confirm rooms, we request that you return the call within 24 hours to guarantee the room.  After that time, your request will go on the waitlist and we will move on to another guest.

In order to expedite the process, we request that calls for a "status check" not be made prior to Monday, May 16, 2016.

Once the hotel is fully committed, all remaining requests will be placed on our waitlist which is managed throughout the year.  All guests being placed on the waitlist will receive an email notification from our team confirming that status.

Questions? Contact us:

Phone: 1-800-233-7505 or 814-863-5050