Welcome Family and Friends!
It is recommended that guests arrive at least one hour prior to the ceremony, allowing for 60 minutes to park and walk to the ceremony site. Dress should be appropriate for walking and sitting outdoors for two hours.
We would like to recommend that when leaving campus you avoid accessing the 405 Freeway from 7th Street because of construction. Alternative routes are both Palo Verde Avenue and Bellflower Boulevard, from which both the 405 North and South can be accessed.
Because of the large number of graduates at the ceremonies, we ask that each student limit the number of guests to 10 or under so that all attendees have a pleasant experience.
Parking: The student parking lots on lower (north) campus, off of Atherton, and the parking structures will be open to the public for free parking during the ceremonies. Parking information: 562 985-4146
Seating: For all ceremonies, no tickets are required, seating is available on a first–come, first-seated basis, in folding chairs and grandstands. Most guests will be sitting in the sun.
TICKETS WILL BE REQUIRED FOR REENTRY TO THE VENUE.
PLEASE SEE AN USHER BEFORE EXITING.
Sun shades and umbrellas will not be allowed to block the view of others.
Students attending the ceremonies for the Colleges of Business, Health and Human Services, and Liberal Arts are encouraged to invite no more than ten guests, as very large audiences are expected and seating is limited.
Weather: Typically, it is damp and foggy in the mornings, warm or hot in the afternoons, and breezy and cool in the evenings after 5:00. Rain is uncommon. Light layers are recommended.
The walk from the parking areas to the Commencement site is uphill and requires approximately 30-45 minutes. Please contact the Office of Parking and Transportation Services for assistance and parking directions.
The University does not provide wheelchairs, guests must bring their own. There is not a separate seating area for guests in wheelchairs. Please arrive well before the start of the ceremony to allow enough time for the ceremony staff to lend assistance.
Please contact the Commencement Coordinator for your ceremony, if you have questions or concerns about attendance.
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