Guest Guide

The Guest Guide has information specific to families and friends planning to attend commencement, including information on parking, hotel accommodation, and more. 

Parking and Tram Service

The USD campus is located off Linda Vista Road. Guests may enter campus from the east or west entrance to campus (campus map, Parking personnel at each entrance will direct guests to parking areas located in the Mission Parking Structure just inside the east entrance. Parking is also available on the west side of campus in the West Parking Structure. Guests are encouraged to arrive at least one hour before ceremony start-time to avoid traffic congestion. USD tram service will shuttle graduates and guests to and from the Mission and West parking structures and the Jenny Craig Pavilion.  

Please note the following:

  • Parking will not be permitted on Santa Ana Drive after 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Commencement weekend.
  • Vehicles will not be permitted to offload passengers on Santa Ana Drive during Commencement.

For more information on parking services, please visit or call (619) 260-4518 between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Monday-Friday. 

For more information on tram services, please visit or call (619) 260-8899 between 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Parking for Disabled Guests

Vehicles displaying a DMV-issued disabled person parking placard or license plate will be directed by parking personnel to park in a reserved area on the third floor of the Mission Parking Structure. If a temporary disabled parking permit is needed, please contact the Office of Parking Services at or call (619) 260-4518.

Disabled Person parking is available on the third floor entrance of the Mission Parking Structure. Tram service will be provided for all disabled and elderly guests to and from this area and the Jenny Craig Pavilion as well as to and from the post-ceremony receptions and the third floor of the Mission Parking Structure.

Please note that guests are not permitted to drop off or pick up passengers in front of the Jenny Craig Pavilion. 

Campus Map

Special Needs Accommodation, Tickets and Seating for Disabled Guests

The Jenny Craig Pavilion opens one hour before each Commencement ceremony start-time. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. All guests attending the undergraduate ceremonies must have a ticket to enter the pavilion. 

Guests who are hearing impaired may request special seating from a commencement usher. Disabled guests may request from a commencement usher that a companion sit with them. Video screens are located on either side of the pavilion. 

For more information on disabled or special needs accommodation for guests, please contact the Jenny Craig Pavilion Ticket Office at (619) 260-7550 or at

For more information on tickets, please see the "Tickets" section of the commencement website. 

Hotel Accommodations

USD has partnered with Bartell Hotels,, owned by alumnus Richard Bartell ‘75, to offer you special discounted rates. Bartell Hotels donates a portion of the room rate to the university. For more information or to make a reservation, call (800) 345-9995 and ask for the USD rate. 

Guests are encouraged to make hotel reservations early. Other accommodation options include a wide selection of hotels and motels in Mission Valley, Old Town and Hotel Circle.

Dining Options

La Gran Terraza restaurant, inside the Hahn University Center, will be open for Sunday brunch (10:00 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.). Advance reservations are recommended and can be made online at For parties of 11 persons or more, please make reservations by calling the restaurant directly at (619) 849-8205.

Tu Mercado, a natural foods grocery store located on the second floor of the Student Life Pavilion, will be open from 7:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m on Saturday and Sunday.

The City of San Diego has a wide array of dining options fitting every taste. Open Table has two websites: "San Diego Graduation Party Places," which lists approximately 50 San Diego private dining restaurants searchable by event size, cuisine, neighborhood, and price and "San Diego Restaurants," which is Open Table's home page for San Diego.

Flowers and Leis

Orchid leis and roses are available for purchase before each Commencement ceremony. A percentage of all sales supports ongoing university programs. Flowers can be reserved online at and picked up in Eagan Plaza in front of the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the day of the ceremony. For more information, contact or call (619) 268-1330.

Commencement Photos

Grad Images Photography will be taking photographs of each graduate on stage during the commencement ceremonies. Each graduate will be sent proofs of the commencement photographs via email and/or text after the event. Proofs will also be sent via postal mail. You will have the opportunity to purchase prints after you have seen your proofs. Prior to the ceremony, visit Enter your email and up to 6 emails with whom you would like to share  your accomplishment by allowing them to view and order your photos. If you have any questions about your commencement ceremony photographs, please visit or call toll-free 1-800-261-2576.

Graduation Gifts and Memorabilia

Information about graduation gifts, diploma frames, regalia (cap and gown), announcements, class rings, and alumni merchandise can be found on the USD Torero Store’s website, The USD Torero Store is now located inside the Hahn University Center, and will be open Saturday from 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Sunday from 7:30 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Parent Relations

Parents and families of graduates can find additional information on the Parent Relations website, Also check for commencement-related updates in the monthly Parent Relations E-Newsletter. An informational packet is sent to parents via email in February. Please contact if you have not received an email by the end of February.

Commencement Information

For additional Commencement information, please refer to the Commencement website and Commencement Guide at