UW Commencement

Parking Permits

From June 2 through June 14, campus parking for all graduation events occurring between 6 a.m.- 9 p.m. will require a parking permit. This includes Commencement and all School, College, departmental, and student group graduation events.

Graduates will be able to pre-purchase parking permits ($16) when they register to participate and order their caps and gowns in May. If you wish to guarantee parking in a particular lot, it is recommended that you pre-purchase a permit, since some lots may sell out. Day-of-event parking permits will cost $1 more and will require that you stop at the gates to purchase the permit.

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.

Commencement Day

Parking permits on June 13, 2020 will be sold by lot. Available lots will include:

See parking map – PDF

School, College and Departmental Celebrations

Parking permits for any day other than Commencement day (June 13) 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 11:00 am – 6:00 pm from the following locations:

Guests parking in the West Lots may want to catch the Portage Bay shuttle.

Disability Parking


Disability parking (PDF) will be available close to the stadium in E-12 and E-19. Golf carts will run between the E-1 and E-12 lots and the stadium. Students can purchase disability parking on the Registration/Order Form.

Disability Drop-off Area
Guests can also be dropped off in the Tubby Graves Parking Lot, just north of the stadium (see Disability Drop-Of 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.

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.