For Family and Friends

Accommodations and dining 
We recommend booking local accommodations early as hotel and dining reservations are in high demand and are often booked months before Commencement weekend; a list of dining options and local hotels is available here:

Dress for Commencement
The Commencement ceremony will take place outside at the Alumni Greek Theatre. Commencement day is usually warm, and there is no shade. Comfortable, low-heeled shoes are recommended as there is a considerable distance (some unpaved) between event locations, and the Alumni Greek Theatre has limited handrails and unevenly spaced steps.

For your convenience, drinks and snacks will be available for purchase near the Alumni Greek Theatre, provided by the University’s Town & Gown organization.

University Bookstore hours
Hours for the Bookstore located in Hunsaker University Center:
Thursday, April 16, 9 a. m. to 6:00 p. m. 
Friday, April 17, 9 a. m. to 6:00 p. m. 
Saturday, April 18, 9 a. m. to 6:00 p. m.  

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

Parking and street closures
Parking for the Commencement ceremony is available on the north side of campus. 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. On April 16, 17, & 18 shuttle buses will be available from these lots to near the Alumni Greek Theatre. Colton Avenue, the street through the center of the campus, will be closed to through traffic. See the Parking Information page for maps.

Disabled parking
Due to limited ADA parking, disabled guests are encouraged to park in any of the designated lots. These lots will be staffed by parking attendants, who will guide guests to the Commencement shuttles. The shuttles will be available for guests during all three Commencement ceremonies and before and after the event. Please refer to the parking map 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.

Live-streaming from home
The College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, and School of Education Commencement ceremonies will be live streamed for family and friends who are unable to be at these events in person. They will be live-streamed at the time of the ceremony at

For your planning and safety
Please follow these tips to ensure that Commencement day is enjoyable for your graduation candidate and all who attend:

Due to space limitations, graduation candidates are asked to limit the number of family and friends in the Alumni Greek Theatre for the Commencement Ceremony to six people and direct others to the tent on the Gallery Lawn and in designated classrooms in the Hall of Letters, where the ceremony will be streamed live. 

All indoor and outdoor events during Commencement weekend, are non-smoking events.

·  Dress appropriately for the day. Most often, it is warm and sunny and little shade is provided in the Alumni Greek Theatre. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are strongly recommended.
·  The stairs in the Alumni Greek Theatre are steep with limited handrails, high-heeled shoes are discouraged.
·  Strollers are not permitted in the Alumni Greek Theatre. Stroller parking is available at the back of the theatre.
·  No pets or emotional support animals are allowed in the Alumni Greek Theatre.
·  Umbrellas are not permitted in the Alumni Greek Theatre because they inhibit the sightlines of surrounding guests. In the event of rain, check the University of Redlands website.
·  No inflatables or large signs are allowed in the Alumni Greek Theatre or the grounds surrounding the theatre.
·  Aisles and entryways surrounding the Alumni Greek Theatre may not be blocked for any reason.
·  Limited disabled seating is available at the back of the Alumni Greek Theatre for guests with special needs; one companion may accompany each guest in the disabled seating area. This may mean that families will need to separate. For questions regarding specific school events, please contact the following:

College of Arts & Sciences: Amy Wilms, Assistant Dean of Academic Success & Disability Services, 909-748-8069

School of Business: Christine Taitano, Director of Student Services, 909-748-8743

School of Education: Kristen Grammer, Assistant Director of Academic Advising, 909-748-8817

Additional questions? Email or call the Office of the Provost at 909-748-8072.