Parking and Seating
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 Mountain Arena (Raider Stadium) as indicated by the blue areas 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.
There will also be wheelchair accessible shuttle service to and from the parking lots on Mountain Avenue (red areas on the map) and to and from Mountain Arena (Raider Stadium).
SOU will have begun construction on the North Campus Village project by Commencement day. Guests and graduates should anticipate construction activity on the north side of Ashland Street, adjacent to the Greensprings Residential Complex.
Guests are encouraged to park along Mountain Avenue, where disabled parking is also available. Shuttles will run every 15 minutes from lots on Mountain Avenue to Mountain Arena (Raider Stadium), and will continue until Mountain Arena (Raider Stadium) is sufficiently clear after the ceremony. Shuttles are wheelchair accessible.
Free parking is also available in a lot next to Cox Hall. There is no shuttle service from this lot.
Please advise your guests to arrive early! SOU Commencement is a well-attended event. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Disabled and Elderly 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 in McNeal Pavilion.
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.
Seating in the McNeal Pavilion, while further away from the graduates, is inside and completely protected from the elements. Graduates can still be clearly seen from this location, and the ceremony can be viewed by simulcast on large screens.
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 Casey Clithero (email@example.com), Coordinator of Co-Curricular Accommodations, at (541) 552-6222.