UW Commencement

Parking permits

Parking for all graduation events occurring on campus from 6 a.m.-9 p.m on the following dates will require a parking permit.

  • During the week, Monday – Friday
  • Saturday, June 4, 2016
  • Sunday, June 5, 2016
  • Saturday, June 11, 2016
  • Sunday, June 12, 2016

Graduates will be able to pre-purchase parking permits ($14) when they register to participate and order their caps and gowns in May. Day-of-event parking permits will cost $1 more.

In order to fairly distribute parking spaces, the Registration/Order Form will limit each student to a reasonable number of parking permits for the particular event he/she is attending. Graduates will receive their permits when they pick up their orders. Students may purchase additional permits (if available) at this time. Depending upon availability, it may be possible to exchange one parking permit for a permit on a different day or in a different lot.

Once purchased no refunds will be available for parking permits. In addition, parking for graduation events occurring on campus during the week within normal parking hours will require permits

Commencement Day

Parking permits on June 11, 2016 will be sold by lot. Available lots will include:

  • E-1 and E-12
  • S-1 (behind the Health Sciences building)
  • Portage Bay Parking Facility
  • Central Plaza Parking Garage
  • N-5
  • Padelford
  • Parking beneath McMahon and Haggett Halls (dorm lots)

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School, College and Departmental Celebrations

Parking permits for any day other than Commencement Day (June 11) will be sold by day and will be good for all available parking lots on those days.


On Commencement Day only, shuttles will drop-off guests at points close to the stadium. Shuttle run from the following locations:

Disability parking


Disability parking will be available close to the stadium. Golf carts will run between E-1 and E-12 lots and the stadium. Guests can also be dropped off in the Tubby Graves Parking Lot, just north of the stadium (see Disability Parking Map). Pick-up following the ceremony may be done from the same lot.  Note: the lot will be closed for 30-45 minutes after the ceremony to allow traffic to clear. Students can purchase disability parking on the Registration/Order Form.

School, college, and departmental ceremonies

Those needing disability parking on days other than Commencement day may purchase a disability parking permit through the Registration/Order Form. On the day of your event, present the permit to the attendant and they will direct you to the closest available spot to your event.