Commencement Transportation

Where to go at KeyArena

When you arrive at KeyArena, go to the back of the arena. The back of the arena is the on the south side of the building. The back of KeyArena is also where the parking lot is located. You will enter gate 4A on the back side of KeyArena. There are two gates on Thomas Street with access to the South lot of KeyArena – Gate 4A is the first one. It is the pedestrian entrance.

What time should you arrive at KeyArena

For the Undergraduate ceremony: no later than 9:00 a.m.

For the Graduate ceremony: no later than 2:30 p.m.


Four buses will arrive to begin shuttle service at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday. Faculty and staff should gather at the Seal located at 11th and E. Marion Street to board the shuttle. The buses will drop people off at the south side of KeyArena (Thomas Street and Warren Avenue N.) until the ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m.

Shuttles will stop and be on standby on the main campus and at the Arena through the ceremony should people need to travel back to campus.

They will resume active shuttling from the south side of the Arena immediately following the conclusion of the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. and will remain active through the start of the Graduate Commencement Ceremony at 3:00 p.m. At that time the shuttles will return to a standby status until the conclusion of the ceremony at 5:00 p.m.

The last shuttle leaving Key Arena will be at 6:00 p.m.

  • 7:00 a.m. Shuttle service begins
  • 9:30 a.m. Undergraduate ceremony begins/Shuttles on standby
  • 12:30 p.m. Shuttle service resumes
  • 3:00 p.m. Graduate ceremony begins/Shuttles on standby
  • 5:00 p.m. Shuttle service resumes
  • 6:00 p.m. Last shuttle leaves KeyArena