Information for families and friends

Dress for commencement
The commencement ceremony will take place outside at the Alumni Greek Theatre. Commencement day is usually warm, and there is little shade in the Theatre. Comfortable, low-heeled shoes are recommended as there is a considerable distance (some unpaved) between event locations, and the Theatre has limited handrails and unevenly spaced steps.

Grad images professional photographer
A professional photographer will be at the commencement ceremony. Each student will receive proofs and order forms by email directly from Grad Images within 72 hours after the ceremony. You may place orders or obtain answers to questions at or by calling 800-261-2576. A percentage of the proceeds will be returned to the University of Redlands.

Commencement flowers
Your family and friends can commemorate this special occasion with a bouquet of flowers or a lei available for pre-order or day-of purchase at the Graduation Day Flowers booth. A percentage of the proceeds will be returned to the University of Redlands. Parents and guests are encouraged to pre-order and pick-up prior to the ceremony to ensure that students can wear their leis across the stage for their photos. Pre-ordering is available online by clicking here.

University Bookstore
The Bookstore will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Commencement day.

Lost and found
Items should be claimed from or turned in to the Public Safety Office in the Willis Center.

We recommend booking early as hotel and dining reservations in Redlands book up quickly for Commencement weekend. A list of local restaurants and hotels is available online here.

Parking for the commencement ceremony is available on the north side of campus. Colton Avenue, the street through the center of the campus, will be closed to through traffic all day. Follow the directional signs to Brockton Avenue and the designated parking areas behind Memorial Chapel, Armacost Library, Orton Center or the Stauffer Science Complex off of Grove Street. Shuttle buses will be available from these lots to the Alumni Greek Theatre.

A map of available parking is available online by clicking here.

Disabled parking
Disabled guests are encouraged to park in any of the lots serviced by the commencement shuttles. Please refer to the map at the end of this guide and follow directional signs on the day of commencement. Accessible shuttles are equipped with lifts and will service all parking lots indicated to transport guests to a drop-off location near the Alumni Greek Theatre. 

If you or your guest requires specialized assistance beyond what is outlined, please call the University’s Facilities Management department at 909-748-8020 by April 8, and we will work with you to meet your needs.