The campus map indicates shuttle stops, disability parking, and drop-off points for commencement. Commencement ceremonies are held in Bender Arena. Doors open 45 minutes before each ceremony. Allow enough time to park and be seated ten minutes before the start of the ceremony, since the lobby is closed during the processional. There are no coat check facilities in Bender Arena. Graduates should leave coats, purses, etc. with a guest or locked in your vehicle. Please refer to the disability section of this site for more information on seating and other assistance for mobility and hearing impaired persons.
Driving to AU
Driving directions to AU's Bender Arena can be found online through googlemaps.com.
Where to Park
We recommend that graduates and guests park in the Nebraska Avenue parking lot, the School of International Service garage, or the Katzen Arts Center garage, although all parking areas on campus will be open during commencement weekend (except for spaces marked “Reserved”).
Those who park in the Sports Center parking garage are advised that exiting traffic will not be permitted to turn into the tunnel in front of Bender Arena following the ceremonies. Cars parked in the Sports Center parking garage or on the south side of campus will exit via Nebraska Avenue.
The university will provide complimentary shuttle bus service to and from the Tenleytown-AU Metro station, which is on Metro’s Red Line. Shuttle buses will run every 15 minutes from the Nebraska Avenue and south-side shuttle stops. Please note that service to and from the north-side shuttle stop will be limited throughout the day.