Commencement Parking

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, Dec. 10, Saturday, Dec. 11, and Sunday, Dec. 12.

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: Exit North Texas Boulevard to access campus and follow the signs and officers’ directions.
  • Street closures: North Texas Boulevard between Highland Street and the Gateway Center may be intermittently closed to vehicles during commencement events for pedestrians' safety. Maple Street can be used to access special needs parking and is a special-needs drop off area. Additional roads may be closed intermittently to alleviate heavy traffic flow around the Coliseum.

Guests who do not need special needs drop off/parking should not use Maple Street for access to the Coliseum. Please consider alternate routes to access the parking areas designated on the commencement map (click on map to see a larger version).

Commencement Parking Map

Information for:

  • + Grads

    Graduates should park in the west side of Lot 20 to allow family and guests to park on the north and east sides of the lot. Graduates can easily access the west side of Lot 20 by entering the lot from the service road.

  • + Guests

    Guests should enter campus via North Texas Boulevard off of I-35E and park in Lot 20, which is on the west side of the Coliseum.

  • + Doctoral/Master's Ceremony

    Parking will be in Lot 20 as well as lots 14, 15 and 17 along North Texas Boulevard and the Highland Street Parking Garage. Graduates should park in the west portion of Lot 20, allowing guests to park in the east portion.

  • + Handicapped/Special Needs

    Special needs parking will be in Lot 27 along Highland Street. Follow the signs to be directed to the first available special needs parking spaces.

    The drop-off point for guests with mobility limitations is located on the east side of the Coliseum and can be reached via Maple Street. Guests cannot access the drop-off location from Highland Street and must go around the block to Maple Street.

    A limited number of special needs parking spaces are available near the Murchison Performing Arts Center for guests attending the College of Music ceremony.

  • + 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, Dec. 10:

    • Do not use North Texas Boulevard to enter campus. Access UNT from any of the access points on the north side of campus.
    • Do not park in Lots 19 South, 20 or 27.

    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, Saturday and Sunday.