Automobile Parking

For Graduate Ceremony, May 13, 7 p.m., Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center - Parking is available in front of, across the street from, and on the south side of Sheridan Hall. VIP parking is available in the lot between Sheridan and McCartney Halls.

For Undergraduate Ceremony, May 14, 10 a.m., Gross Memorial Coliseum
             Please leave early to allow sufficient arrival time.  Traffic is extremely heavy in the Gross Memorial Coliseum area for Commencement. The Coliseum parking lot is normally full before 9 a.m.

             Shuttle bus service for those who park on campus will be provided to and from Gross Memorial Coliseum. In the event of rain, please park on campus. For those choosing to view Commencement in Beach/Schmidt Performing Arts Center, parking is available on campus near Sheridan Hall.

             Drivers may let off passengers with disabilities at Gates 2 and 3. Access vans are available to transport passengers with disabilities who park on campus to and from Gross Memorial Coliseum and Sheridan Hall. After the event, vehicles leaving the parking lot at the north exist will be directed north. Those exiting south will be directed south.


Courtesy Statement

             The University expects courtesy to be extended to all candidates crossing the stage. Therefore, please do not shout or applaud to an individual candidate. An appropriate time will be announced for applause. Noisemakers or air horns are not allowed. Candidates are required to participate in the entire ceremony. The audience is asked to refrain from moving around and leaving to ensure all graduates are provided appropriate courtesy.


Motel Accommodations

             If you have out-of-town guests who need a listing of motel accommodations, please contact the Hays Convention & Visitors Bureau at (785)-628-8202; from outside the Hays area call 1-(800)-569-4505 or go to



             Show your graduate how much they mean to you with flowers! Roses will be available for the graduates. Prices range from $15 - $25 and will be available on the first level of Gross Memorial Coliseum.

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