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Directions, Parking & Maps

Frequently Asked Questions

Congratulations on your great achievement! We want to ensure that your commencement ceremony is a great experience and memory for both you and your guests. For this reason we would like to recommend that you inform your guests that when leaving campus they avoid accessing the 405 Freeway from 7th Street because of traffic congesting. 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 largest ceremonies HHS, LA, Arts, and Business, will require tickets for each guest. Each student will receive 8 tickets so that all attendees have a pleasant experience. Tickets will be available for graduates to pick up from the Bookstore during cap and gown distribution.

Where can I park for Commencement?

Graduates and their guests may park for free during Commencement in all student lots; Parking Lots: 1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, or Parking Structures I, II, or III.

Where can my guests park for Commencement?

Family and friends may park for free during Commencement in all student lots; Parking Lots: 1, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20, or Parking Structures I, II, or III.

Will the carpool spaces and meters be available for general parking?

Yes, complimentary for Commencement.

Do my guests and I have to pay to park at any of these places?

Parking is complimentary for Commencement.

Where do I board the free shuttle service?

Please view the Commencement Parking Map to see the shuttle stops in front of the Pyramid, at Parking Structure 2, and at the South Turnaround.

Where can elderly and disabled guests park?

Disabled guests with a handicapped placard may park in Lot 7. Please view the Commencement Parking Map to see all available lots for guest parking.

If I bring a limousine, where shall I send the driver?

There will be a uniformed officer at the South Turnaround to direct limousines in the shuttle drop off zone. Limousines may very briefly stop all the way to the left alongside the grassy area at the South Turnaround to allow passengers to disembark before leaving to park in Lot 14A. Please view the Commencement Parking Map.

What advice can I give my guests after parking their cars?

If you’re parking near a roadway, you may not see immediate sidewalks. This was purposely designed to keep pedestrians away from busy streets. From the parking lots, walk along the thoroughfare edges, then go to the nearest intersection and follow the pedestrian sidewalk. Do not walk on the campus roadways and please do not jay-walk across. (The ceremonies will take place on upper campus in the Central Quad.)

Commencement Parking Information

Go the Parking Office in Lot 15 during the week. We are open 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Phone: (562) 985-4146

Visitor Information Center

Go to the drive-through Visitor Information Center (off Bellflower entrance), which is open every day, including weekends. The Center is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekends.

Phone: (562) 985-8442

For up to date parking availability and driving instructions, tune your radio to AM 1690 within five miles from the campus.

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