GREATER LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — While commencement wrapped up on Purdue's campus, local businesses reaped the benefits.
"We've been fully booked all weekend long, hundreds of people in and out," said Nick Shoup, a desk clerk at the Union Club on Purdue's Campus.
Shoup uttered a phrase you'll hear from many Greater Lafayette hotels as Spring Commencement weekend winds down.
But just how hard is it to reserve a room this time of year?
"Easily a year in advance. I know going out to next year everything is pretty much sold out already," said Shoup.
Although it may be hard for families coming in to reserve a room, area businesses welcome the crowds.
"We have guests that come up and want to know recommendations for restaurants and what they can do in the local area," said Shoup.
Restaurants see the same influx in customers over the weekend. Seth Martin is the general manager at Scotty's Brewhouse in West Lafayette. He said the restaurant looks forward to spring commencement weekend each year.
"It's good for business, it gets us going before the summer which is a little bit slower because of that fact that school is out," said Martin.
As families come in, local businesses prepare.
"We put a little extra staffing together, we do what we can to bolster our kitchen," said Martin.
"We have people in back answering our phones, we have three front desk clerks where normally there's two," said Shoup.
When it comes down to it, commencement means better business.
"I always know this is a big thing circled on our calendar that's in our office so we keep it, you know we know that this is going to be good for us and we're always happy when this time comes around," said Martin.
The Union Club says beyond this weekend, home football games are always their busiest times.