All applications submitted during this time frame will have equal access for selection.  Only requests received outside of these dates will NOT be included in the initial lottery and will be placed on our waitlist.  Any duplicate entries will be removed.   Guests calling in for reservations will be asked to complete the online form to ensure fairness and consistency in the process.  There is no advantage to early registration as all names are entered into a random lottery for the reservation selection. 

On Monday, June 17, names will be randomly selected from the lottery registration for reservations. Those guests' names selected can expect to receive an email from the Blackwell Reservations Department saying you have been selected to make reservations for commencement. You will have 24 hours to respond to confirm the reservation.  After that time, the request will go on our waitlist and we will move forward with the next guest. 

The 2025 OSU Commencement rate starts at $429 per evening. This excludes taxes and valet parking. Suites are available and start at $489 per evening, plus taxes and valet parking.  All reservations require a two night minimum stay of either Friday and Saturday evenings OR Saturday and Sunday evenings.  Room type is based on availability at the time the guest name is drawn.  Reservations are non-refundable 30 days prior to arrival, therefore cancellations must be received by 4:00pm 30 days prior to the arrival date. An advance deposit is not required at the time of booking. 

Once the hotel is fully committed, all remaining reservation requests will be placed on our waitlist, which is managed throughout the year.  All waitlisted guests will receive an email notification from our reservations department confirming this status.  

Please note, rooms are not intended for resale and may not be transferred without proper notification to and approval from the hotel.  If making a reservation on someone’s behalf, please include contact details of the person staying in the room.  The Blackwell Inn has the right to cancel any reservation that is transferred or resold inappropriately, including the sale of a room above booked value, and any deposits will be forfeited.