Parking and Day-of Instructions for Guests and Graduates


Parking can be found on-campus in the Main Parking Structure. Follow signs and safety/traffic personnel to the best available parking upon arrival. ADA placards should be clearly visible for officers to provide direction to the appropriate parking area. Tram services and carts will be available at designated locations to move guests efficiently to the guest entrance for the event. 

Information for Guests with Varying Mobility

Accessible seating is on a first come, first served basis and is available at the top of most sections of the stadium. Accessible seating is intended for a guest in need and one companion. Captioning will be available on the large video screen adjacent to the stage to allow guests to read along throughout the ceremony.

Day-of Instructions for Guests

  • Torero Stadium opens for guests 90 minutes before the ceremony start time.
  • After parking, proceed to the Guest Entrance at Eagan Plaza. All seating is general admission.
  • Guests, children, and animals are not permitted in the graduate seating area at any time.
  • The estimated length of each ceremony is 2-2.5 hours.

Prohibited Items

  • Aerosols, mace, or pepper spray
  • Animals, or assistance animals, except for service dogs, specifically trained to assist a person with a disability
  • Bags or backpacks larger than 12" x 12" x 20"
  • Banners, signs, or placards
  • Coolers
  • Drones
  • Explosives
  • Fireworks
  • Knives (regardless of size)
  • Laser lights and laser pointers
  • Noisemakers, such as air horns, whistles, or drums
  • Plastic replica of weapons
  • Portable or folding chairs
  • Sharp, and/or pointed objects, scissors, or knitting needles
  • Tripods for cameras
  • Umbrellas and long pole objects, balloons and other floating items, or other items that block the view of other guests
  • Voice-enhancement devices such as bullhorns
  • Weapons

Day-of Instructions for Graduates

  • GRADUATES should arrive 60-90 minutes before the ceremony. Please bring a printed copy of your graduate ticket. This ticket is also your name card and so needs to be with you at all times during the ceremony.
  • Commencement ceremonies are approximately two hours in length. There is no rehearsal for commencement ceremonies.
  • Graduates should leave valuables such as purses and keys with family members or guests.
  • Graduates should arrive in cap and gown and proceed to the Graduate Entrance located in the southwest corner of Torero Stadium where your ticket will be scanned before being directed to the east end of the field to line-up for the processional.
  • A candidate marshal will direct graduates to the platform when it is time to proceed across the stage. 
  • Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, please remain in your seats until dismissed by a marshal.