Parking and Shuttles
Approximately 3,000 parents, family, and friends arrive on campus within a short amount of time. In order to secure parking and seating, please plan accordingly. Follow commencement directional signs around campus to designated parking areas.
Designated Graduate Parking
Designated graduate parking is located in the four lots surrounding Hicks Dining Hall (#43 on Campus map) DD, CC, BB and EE lots. Graduates are to enter at Gate 3 (back entrance closest to Tradition Pavilion) for student line up.
Parking is complimentary and no permits are needed. Guests may use any legal parking space in general parking. General parking zones are located in the following lots: QQ (near football stadium), KK (behind Lackey Chapel), GG (near the roundabout entrance and behind Baxley Hall), and HH (across from Swain Hall and Science II Building).
Limited accessible parking is available in the AA lot in front of the HTC Center. Founders Drive will not be accessible from 544. Please take University Blvd. to Chanticleer Drive West to access the AA lot. Only those with an official state-issued ADA placard or license plate will be given access to this lot. In addition to CCU shuttles, which are wheelchair accessible, golf cart shuttles will also be available to transport guests who need assistance getting to the HTC Center. Please click here, to view the commencement accessibility page .
Reserved Faculty Parking
Faculty members participating in the commencement ceremony are to park in the WW lot in front of Sands Hall. This is a reserved parking zone and only accessible to those with a commencement parking pass. Parking attendants will be on hand to check parking passes. Please hang parking pass on rearview mirror for easy access into the lot.
Reserved Platform Party Parking
Members of the platform party and their guests are to park in the AA lot in front of the HTC Center. This is a reserved parking zone and only accessible to those with a commencement parking pass. Parking attendants will be on hand to check parking passes. Please hang parking pass on rearview mirror for easy access into the lot.
Continuous, complimentary shuttle service from general parking areas to the HTC Center will be available. Guests are urged to use the shuttle service. All shuttles are wheelchair accessible and will begin service 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
There are two shuttle zones in the general parking areas, the teal shuttle zone, and the bronze shuttle zone. To ensure an easy return, guests should take note of the zone in which they have chosen to park. After the ceremony concludes, clearly labeled shuttles will be waiting outside of the HTC Center Gate one entrance to transport guests back to their zone. Shuttle zones will be displayed on commencement parking signs, shuttle stop signs, and the front and side screens of shuttles. (The bronze shuttle zone services the KK and QQ lot. the teal shuttle zone services the GG lot, the HH lot and those that view the Live Stream in Wheelwright Auditorium).