Guest Parking

Guest SeatingAll parking lots will be open to the public. Members of the Public Safety staff will direct traffic to appropriate parking areas.  A shuttle service will be in operation throughout the day.  Parking for those with special needs and the physically challenged is available. Please present a 2017 Commencement special-needs parking pass to the Public Safety staff to be directed to the special needs area.  There will be a special needs drop-off area located to the left rear of the Student Center – watch for signs.  This drop-off area is designed for easier access to the gymnasium by use of an elevator.  Families and guests are urged to arrive in time to be seated by 10:45 a.m. The procession will begin promptly at 11 a.m. Ushers will be available.   

Guest Seating

To assist in locating ticket section, the following seating plan is provided:


Bleacher Seating
Sections F – G – H

Floor Seating
Students seated alphabetically
by Department within Schools
Faculty and Administrators
Floor Seating Sections E - D

Bleacher Seating
Sections A – B - C

The ceremony will also be broadcast on a large screen in the Performing Arts Center.  Please refrain from bringing unnecessary items (large packages, backpacks, etc.) to Commencement. Safety precautions may necessitate the random search of suspicious items.  There will be a designated area to store strollers during the ceremony.  Please see an usher for directions. A sign language interpreter will also be provided upon request.  For the safety of our graduates, access to the stage as well as to the aisles in the faculty/graduate section will be restricted during the conferral of degrees.