Parking Information and Shuttle Service:

Free parking is available in all parking lots on the SOU campus on Commencement day. Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Guests with a Disabled Parking Permit or Placard (officially issued by your state) will find disabled parking in lots near Raider Stadium, lots 41 and 1 on the map below. Additional disabled parking has been set aside in these lots, however, the spaces are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

General Seating:

Please advise your guests to arrive early! SOU Commencement is a well-attended event. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Accessible Seating Accommodations:

There are two designated seating areas available for elderly guests or those with disabilities. One is located on the field and the second is inside The Hawk, right adjacent to the ceremony location.

Field seating, while closer to the graduates, is uncovered and exposed to the elements (including direct sun) for the duration of the ceremony. Guests opting to sit in this section are advised to plan and dress accordingly.

Interior seating at The Hawk, while further away from the graduates, is inside and completely protecte from the elements, and the ceremony can be viewed by simulcast on large screens at this location.

Seating for both locations is available on a first-come, first-served basis and limited to one escort per guest. We recommend that you arrive as early as possible if you wish to take advantage of these designated seating areas.

If you require accommodations for the event due to a disability, please contact Aubrey Owens at or (541) 552-6213.

Parking Maps & Directions:

Basic Printable map PDF

2019commencement map