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Guest Information


NO tickets are required for the Weinberg College Convocation/diploma ceremony. Graduates have no limits on the number of guests they invite.


The University provides a continual, complimentary shuttle service between the campus and the Ryan Field/McGaw Memorial Hall area. Guests are urged to park in campus lots and to use the shuttle service. Parking in the area will be very limited; please see the map indicating campus parking lots and the shuttle bus route. The worst congestion is between 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., as this is when the McCormick vehicles are departing the area while the Weinberg College vehicles are arriving.


Refreshment stands serving complimentary water will be located in the Ryan Field area. Concession stands will be open in the stadium.

Services for guests with disabilities

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped parking is available in all campus parking lots, and a fully accessible bus is available at all shuttle stops. Limited parking for vehicles displaying a valid handicapped tag as well as a drop-off site for persons with disabilities is available at the stadium. Wheelchairs will be available. 

Seating for guests in wheelchairs

Guests in wheelchairs may be accompanied by one companion in designated seating sections. No advance reservations are required for seating in this special area. If you do not have your own wheelchair, our staff will be gathered near Gate K with University wheelchairs to escort you to the special seating area. At the conclusion of the ceremony, staff will escort guests in University wheelchairs back to their vehicles. No reservation required. 

Closed captioning

Closed captioning can be viewed on mobile devices by following the link to our live stream. 

Alternative viewing options

Guests who are heat-sensitive are encouraged to watch the simulcast of the ceremony in Harris Hall, Room 107 which is an air-conditioned and accessible space. Closed captioning is available on TV monitors. No reservation required.

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