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Guest Guide

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 (see 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. Free USD tram service will shuttle graduates and guests from the Mission and West parking structures to the Jenny Craig Pavilion.

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 Parent Relations by May 1 at (619) 260-4808 or email

Please note that guests are not permitted to drop off or pick up passengers in front of the Jenny Craig Pavilion. USD Tram Services will transport disabled and elderly guests from the third floor entrance of the Mission Parking Structure.

For more information on parking, please visit or call (619) 260-4518.

Ceremony and Seating

The Jenny Craig Pavilion opens one hour before each Commencement ceremony start-time. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are required for the Undergraduate Commencement ceremonies, but are not needed for the Law School or Graduate Schools Commencement ceremonies.

Guests who are hearing impaired may request special seating from a commencement usher. Disabled guests may request 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

Seven (7) tickets are allotted to each student for the College of Arts and Sciences undergraduate morning ceremony and eight (8) for the smaller School of Business and Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering undergraduate afternoon ceremony. Children who are three years-old or younger do not need a ticket if they sit on an adult's lap.

Tickets are not for sale nor should they be bought or sold. The University of San Diego does not support or condone the selling of Commencement tickets. Please disregard any advertisement or person who is selling or claims to be selling Commencement tickets. Every Commencement ticket is printed as “Not for Sale.”

Students are encouraged to ask their friends and classmates for any unused tickets. Students should start asking their friends and classmates for unused tickets late in the fall or early in the spring semester. This is the only way extra tickets may be obtained! Requests for extra tickets to any department on campus, including the Jenny Craig Pavilion Ticket Office, will be denied.

Guests without tickets may view the ceremony live via closed-circuit telecast in the Hahn University Center forum rooms for both the morning College of Arts and Sciences ceremony and the afternoon School of Business Administration and Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering ceremony, or watch the ceremonies live online at

Students must pick up tickets in person at the Jenny Craig Pavilion Ticket Office beginning May 1. Tickets must be picked up by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22.

Graduates who no longer live in the San Diego area should arrange for ticket pick up in advance by contacting the JCP Ticket Office at (619) 260-7550 or email

Do not lose your tickets. Lost tickets will not be replaced! Students who lose their tickets will not be given new tickets for entry into the Jenny Craig Pavilion. Their guests must watch the live, closed circuit broadcast inside the Hahn University Center forum rooms or watch the ceremonies live online. Tickets are not needed to watch a live broadcast. 

All ceremonies and the baccalaureate mass will be broadcast live online. A link to the live broadcasts will be on the USD website’s home page on the day of each ceremony and will go live at the start of the ceremony. Replays of the ceremonies will be available for one week from the ceremony’s start date. 

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. For parties of 11 persons or more, please make reservations by calling the restaurant 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 both days.

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 54 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 front of the Jenny Craig Pavilion on the day of the ceremony. For more information, contact or call (619) 268-1330.

Commencement Photos

A professional photographer from California Candids will take two photos of each graduate, one photo receiving the diploma case and a second photo holding the diploma case. Guests are not permitted to approach the stage area to take photos. Graduates will receive online photo proofs with ordering instructions within a week of the ceremony. There is no obligation to purchase. Additional information is available at or call toll-free (866) 882-2897 to check the status of your proofs or order.

Commencement DVD

The University of San Diego will produce a commemorative DVD of the 2014. ceremonies. Ordering information can be found on the Commencement DVD ordering page. DVDs should arrive by mail 6-8 weeks after commencement. Please email if you have questions about your order.

Graduation Gifts and Memorabilia

Information about graduation gifts, diploma frames, regalia, announcements, class rings, and alumni merchandise can be found on the USD Torero Store’s website. The USD Torero Store, located on the ground floor of Loma Hall, will be open Saturday, May 24 from 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 25 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.

Commencement Information

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