Parking & Seating


General Information

  • The Lincoln Boulevard entrance onto LMU Drive is the most accessible and convenient entrance to use; however, the Loyola Boulevard entrance will also be open.
  • Click here for directions to campus.

Special Needs

  • Limited handicapped and special needs parking will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Persons with disabilities and requiring special accommodations should arrive by 8:15 a.m.
  • Handicapped placards are required and should be clearly displayed or available so that traffic officers can guide guests to their designated parking area.
  • Golf cart transportation will be provided only to those needing assistance.

Undergraduate Ceremony, Saturday

  • Seating and parking are not guaranteed, and heavy traffic is anticipated in and around the University. Be patient and plan for delays.
  • On-campus parking fills quickly, so allow enough travel time to arrive no later than 8:30 a.m. (at least one hour before the ceremony).
  • The campus will be closed to all inbound traffic at 8:45 a.m.
  • Overflow parking will be at St. Bernard High School (9100 Falmouth Avenue, Playa del Rey, CA 90293). Courtesy shuttle transportation is available to and from the event during the parking lot’s operating hours. Overflow parking is limited and space is not guaranteed. (Map & Directions for Off-Site Parking 2017)

Graduate Ceremony, Sunday

  • Parking is available on campus for the Sunday ceremony. It is suggested that guests arrive on campus no later than 9:00 a.m.

For more information, please contact or (310) 338-1681.


Guest Seating

  • The seating area opens at 7:30 a.m. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The saving of seats will not be permitted. Please be aware that seating will be in a grassy area and in the sun; no covering will be provided. It is advised that attendees use sunscreen and, if necessary, wear a hat. Umbrellas may be used, but please be considerate of other guests’ sight lines during the ceremony. Also, women may prefer not to wear high-heeled shoes.
  • Seating layouts for the Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement ceremonies will be available in April 2017.

Special Needs Seating for Guests 

  • Seating for those with special needs will be available in Sunken Garden east. Please note that seating will be in the sun; guests may prefer to wear sunscreen, a hat, and/or long sleeves. Only one person from a party may sit with the person requiring special seating. If any guests have difficulty walking, it would be to their advantage to bring a wheelchair. The University does not provide wheelchairs for rental.
  • There will be remote viewing areas in St. Robert’s Auditorium and Malone 112 with a live feed for those who cannot be in Sunken Garden. There is limited seating on a first-come, first-served basis. The saving of seats will not be permitted.

Degree Candidates

Degree candidate seating will be determined based on the number of applicants from the various colleges and schools. Seating layouts for the Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement ceremonies will be available in April 2017.

  • Degree candidates will be divided by college and school.
  • As you enter Sunken Garden, Commencement staff will direct you to your seat. Empty spaces are not allowed, and once in a row, you may not move to another seat.
  • You should remain standing until the conclusion of the National Anthem.
  • Doctoral candidates - While sitting, fold your hood neatly on your lap. You will be hooded by your Dissertation Chair while on stage, facing the audience.

Special Needs Seating for Degree Candidates

  • If you have a special need that prevents you from using steps or walking the distance between your line-up area and Sunken Garden, notify Tanya Salvini, Commencement Coordinator in the Office of the Registrar (, 310/338-1945), by Friday, April 21, 2017, to make alternate arrangements.