Commencement draws many people to the UNT campus to celebrate with graduates. Because so many people will be converging on campus at the same time, there will be more congestion and traffic on campus than usual all day Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11.

Parking for commencement this year will be complicated by a major construction project.

Please read this information before you leave to come to campus.

See the Commencement Schedule of Events

See the 2019 Spring Commencement Map

Travel and parking tips Instructions for guests
Street closures Instructions for the Doctoral and Masters Ceremony
Bus information Handicapped and special needs parking
Instructions for graduates Information for UNT employees

Travel and parking tips

  • Expect delays -- plan ahead and allow yourself ample time to get to your destination and walk or ride a shuttle from your vehicle to your ceremony.
  • Carpool as much as possible -- bring the fewest vehicles necessary to get your guests to and from campus
  • Don’t rely on GPS  -- instead, exit North Texas Boulevard to access campus and follow the signs and officers’ directions.

Street closures

See the 2019 Spring Commencement Map

North Texas Boulevard between Highland Street and the Gateway Center will be closed to vehicles during commencement events for pedestrians' safety. Maple Street will be closed completely to be used exclusively for bus traffic.

Other street closures:

  • Avenue C between Highland Street and Eagle Drive
  • Avenue B between Maple Street and Eagle Drive
  • Avenue A between Maple Street and Eagle Drive
  • Central Avenue between Maple Street and Eagle Drive
  • Highland Street between Avenue C and Welch Street from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 10

Additional roads may be closed intermittently to alleviate heavy traffic flow around the Coliseum.

Buses

UNT buses will operate for commencement Friday and Saturday. Buses will transport guests from Parking lots along Welch Street and from the Highland Street Garage to the Coliseum using Maple Street.

Shuttles will transport guests of the College of Music ceremony with special needs from the Black Lot near Apogee Stadium directly to the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

Instructions for Graduates:

  • Please access UNT from any of the access points on the north side of campus and avoid the area around Fouts Field.
  • Do not use North Texas Boulevard to enter campus.
  • Graduate parking is in lots 14, 15, 17, 19 along North Texas Boulevard to the immediate south and north of West Hall; lots 43 and 29 behind Mozart Square Hall or lot 23 along Eagle Drive behind Maple Hall.

Instructions for Guests:

  • Enter campus via the North Texas Boulevard exit on I-35.
  • Guests can park in Fouts Field lots but there will be limited spots.
  • Once the Fouts Field lots are full, guests can park in lots 36, 37, 39 and 40 at Highland Street and Welch Street, and lot 41 behind the Greek houses – there will be buses to take them to the Coliseum.

Parking for the Doctoral and Master's Commencement Ceremony

Parking will be in Lot 20 (Fouts Field parking) as well as lots 14, 15 and 17 along North Texas Boulevard and the Highland Street Parking Garage.

Handicapped and Special Needs Parking

ADA parking will be in lot 27 along Highland Street in front of the Coliseum with ADA overflow in Highland Street Garage next to the buses. Follow the signs to be directed to the first available special needs parking spaces.

College of Music ceremony guests with special needs will be shuttled from the Black Lot near Apogee Stadium directly to the Murchison Performing Arts Center.

Instructions for UNT Employees

For Faculty and staff participating in commencement ceremonies

  • Do not use North Texas Boulevard to enter campus. Access UNT from any of the access points on the north side of campus.
  • Park in Lots 4 and 5

For Faculty and Staff working across campus on Friday, May 10

  • Do not use North Texas Boulevard to enter campus. Access UNT from any of the access points on the north side of campus.
  • Park in lots 7, 9 10, 11, 12, 54 and 55
  • Faculty and staff leaving campus by 5 p.m. can park in the Union Garage.

Be aware that there will be major congestion at North Texas Boulevard and Bonnie Brae Street near the Coliseum and Murchison Performing Arts Center throughout the day Friday and Saturday.