Commencement: Information for Families and Guests

General Parking and Seating Information

Parking and Traffic Advisory for Bryce Jordan Center Commencement Ceremonies (May 4 & 5, 2018)

To manage the significant congestion expected around the Bryce Jordan Center, Medlar Field, Beaver Stadium, and University Drive during spring commencement weekend, traffic and parking will be managed by filling alternating lots for each commencement ceremony. Drivers will be directed to the appropriate lot by University Police and event parking staff based on the traffic and parking conditions at the time of their arrival. Please use caution while traveling through this area of campus and allow extra time to reach your destination.

General parking for Penn State spring commencement ceremonies being held at the Bryce Jordan Center will be available at one or more of the following parking areas, as directed by University Police and event parking staff:

Lot 44 located east of the Bryce Jordan Center, and accessible from Porter Road (via Park Avenue or College Avenue) and Dauer Drive (via University Drive)

Stadium West located west of Beaver Stadium, and accessible only from Park Avenue

Porter North located north of Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, and accessible from Porter Road (via Park Avenue or College Avenue)

ADA parking will be available at the following Lot 44 and Stadium West areas:

- Northwest corner of Lot 44 near Bryce Jordan Center Gate B, across from the Penn State All-Sports Museum (accessible from intersection of Porter Road and Curtin Road)

- Section of Lot Orange L located between the Bryce Jordan Center and Lot 44 (accessible from Dauer Drive via University Drive)

- First three rows of parking in the southeast corner of Stadium West near Beaver Stadium, and the first four rows in the southwest corner of Stadium West near University Drive/Curtin Road intersection (all accessible only from Park Avenue)

To ensure the safety of all guests and to assist with traffic flow between each ceremony, drivers are discouraged from dropping off or picking up guests outside of the designated ADA parking areas. These areas are ADA accessible and located just a short distance from entrances to the Bryce Jordan Center. Curtin Road will also be closed to vehicle traffic between University Drive and the entrance to Lot 44 throughout most of the commencement ceremonies to allow safe pedestrian access between Stadium and the Bryce Jordan Center.

Commencement parking for all ceremonies will be available at no charge, courtesy of Penn State Transportation Services.

Click on the BJC Commencement Google Map to view a map of the commencement ceremony site, as well as the general and ADA parking areas.

If there are any questions, please contact the University Parking Office by phone at (814) 865-1436 or by email at

Seating for Guests with Disabilities

Reserved seat tickets will not be needed, but guests with disabilities should arrive an hour early to avoid the last-minute rush.

Inside the Founders Lounge entrance, ushers will be available to assist in taking individuals via elevator to the appropriate seating located on the concourse level. Due to space limitations, only three people may accompany the guest with disability in the accessible seating area. The chairs in the accessible seating area are plastic, and are armless portable chairs to allow movement for wheelchairs. Other family members may sit in the regular seating located throughout the arena.


Directions to the Jordan Center

For directions to the Bryce Jordan Center, visit

Lodging/Local Information

For a complete listing of overnight accommodations for commencement, area restaurants, and driving directions and maps, please contact the Central Pennsylvania Convention and Visitors Bureau (800-358-5466 or 814-231-1400) for assistance. The bureau does not take reservations, but will provide information.

For More Information

If you have any other questions, please e-mail, call the Office of University Relations at 814-865-2501, or visit