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How Commencement will affect parking

Graduating college students throw their caps at Commencement with a college gothic building in the background

This year, Commencement will again be held in the Brookings Quadrangle on Friday, May 18. It is expected to bring more than 15,000 guests to campus. The day prior, on Thursday, May 17, the Arts & Sciences Recognition Ceremony will also be held in the Quad, with more than 5,000 guests in attendance.

Over this two-day period, the majority of Danforth Campus parking spaces will be set aside for guests attending these ceremonies. As a result, please be aware of the following changes to parking for permit holders:


Map of Forest Park in St. Louis, Missouri showing parking lots

On both Thursday and Friday, May 17 and 18, the following permit holders are being asked to park remotely at the Muny lots in Forest Park (upper and lower lots):

  • Zone 2 yellow faculty/staff permit holders
  • Zone 2 Bearly Driver permit holders
  • Zone 3 yellow faculty/staff permit holders
  • Zone 3 Bearly Driver permit holders

Zone 4 Permit Holders

  • All Zone 4 permit holders (faculty, staff, and students) are being asked to restrict their parking ONLY to the Shepley Garage (South 40).

Zones 2, 3, and 4 Permit Holders

  • All OPP permit holders for Zones 2, 3, and 4 are being asked to park at West Campus.

Accessible Parking

Permit holders with accessible needs will be allowed to park in the Danforth University Center garage and can request the use of a Parking and Transportation accessible golf cart by calling 314-935-3648.


Shuttles will run between the Muny lots and the Mallinckrodt bus plaza from 6 a.m.- 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, and from 6 a.m.- 6 p.m. on Friday, May 18. The West Campus shuttles will also be in service on Thursday and Friday between 6 a.m.- 10 p.m. Additionally, Commencement attendees will be able to catch a shuttle from the South 40 (just south of the Wallace Garage) to Mallinckrodt.

“We appreciate the willingness of our students, faculty and staff to accommodate guests and make them feel welcome during these two incredibly important events,” said Gwen Bolden, director of Parking & Transportation Services.

For additional information about Commencement, visit the Commencement site.

For more information about parking and transportation at the university, visit parking.wustl.edu.