Graduation Provides Economic Boost

By Katie Hargitt

Published 05/02 2014 09:10PM

Updated 05/03 2014 12:07AM

Hotels are booked.

"It's typically a sell out weekend for us," said Erica Free, general manager for Hilton Garden Inn

Restaurants are full.

"Probably one of the busiest weekends of the year for us. It's just from open to close just busy all the way through," said Ike Vickery, general manager for Stables.

It's graduation weekend.

"They call months in advance because it's their baby boy or their baby girl's big day," said Vickery.

Students from Indiana State and St. Mary of the Woods will walk across the stage Saturday. That single event brings thousands to the city.

"It's super exciting. We have lots of guests staying with us. We also have some of our staff  graduates this weekend so that's very exciting for us," said Free.

Free says the city buzzes with excitement every year during this time and the entire hotel staff joins in.

"We try to decorate the hotel, we let our staff dress in the traditional Indiana State colors," said Free.

Meanwhile at restaurants like Stables, families pack the booths. Vickery hopes to reap the benefits from this weekend's visitors for years to come.

"If you get a student that graduates here and they bring their family here, hopefully down the line they come back."

Rose-Hulman students graduate May 31.

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