Tickets, Parking & Seating Details


Commencement Campus MapTickets will only be required for an indoor ceremony. Each graduate will receive eight (8) tickets. Tickets will be available for pick-up at the Senior Salute event on Thursday, April 18, 2024. Please have your student ID ready. Extra tickets may be requested, but are not guaranteed. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Brandee Bates Kern at

UPDATE: All extra tickets have been distributed. If you are still in need of extra tickets, please ask your classmates if they plan to use all of their allotted tickets. The ceremony will be broadcast in it’s entirety in Ness Auditorium located inside Hollenbeck Hall and in the CDR & Geil Lounge located inside the Benham-Pence Student Center. You may also watch a live online video feed of the Commencement ceremony. Click here to watch.

*If we are outdoors, tickets are not required, and there is no limit to the number of guests that you may invite to attend.


In order to allow guests to gather safely for Commencement Exercises, the University closes East and West Campus Drives at 8 a.m. on the day of the event each year. Click on campus map (right) to view full size and download.

  • The exit to N. Plum Street (the road behind Koch Hall) will be reversed so that vehicles cannot exit onto N. Plum St. from west campus drive and instead vehicles will be able to enter from N. Plum St. at 8 a.m. to allow easy access to the Recitation Hall and Carnegie Hall parking lots to accommodate parking for only guests with limited mobility.
  • To help alleviate traffic congestion, there will be no west bound traffic on West Ward St. between Woodlawn Ave. and N. Wittenberg Ave. Vehicular traffic will be redirected down Woodlawn Ave. to W. College Ave.
  • Officers will be at these locations to assist you and your family and friends. Officers will also be at various other locations to assist you with your needs.
  • INDOOR COMMENCEMENT NOTE: In the event of inclement weather and Commencement is held at the Health, Wellness & Athletics Complex (HWA), we will not regulate traffic on Ward. Accessible parking for an indoor Commencement is located in the Upper Lot (across from HWA). Guests with limited mobility can enter the HWA via the entrance facing Bill Edwards Drive.
  • A shuttle service will be provided prior to and after the ceremony for those with mobility issues. Shuttle stops will be located at the entrance to Krieg Hall parking lot, at the flag pole turnaround outside the main entrance of the Benham-Pence Student Center, and (in the event of rain and an indoor ceremony) just outside the main entrance to the HWA facility.


  • We are planning for traditional Commencement Exercises, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Access to the venue will be restricted until 9:30 a.m. All guests must be seated by 11 a.m.
  • Commencement Hollow will be set up with approximately 3,000 chairs. In addition, visitors are welcomed to bring their own chairs or blankets.
  • We have created a registration form to help us accommodate visitors with accessibility needs. Please complete this form to make special requests.

Restrooms Available on Commencement Day:

Please Note

  • A live online video feed of the Commencement ceremony will be available. Click Here to watch.
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