Commencement

Tickets & Parking

Tickets

Entrance tickets are required for all guests. All tickets are complimentary and should be ordered by the student when completing the Commencement Registration/Order Form in early May. Students may request up to TEN (10) guest tickets. Students receive their tickets when they pick up their apparel and other items at the North Creek Events Center during Grad Fair (May 23, 24, 25).

All graduates are required to present a student entrance ticket along with a UWID or other ID to gain entrance to the student line-up areas. No student will be admitted without a ticket and appropriate ID.

Guest Tickets

All guest tickets are required to have a ticket. Students may request up to TEN (10) guest tickets through the Commencement Registration/Order Form. We ask that students confirm the attendance of their guests before ordering so that tickets are available for all who want them. As a courtesy to others, please do not request more tickets than you can use. If you find that you have ordered tickets that you will not use, please contact the Commencement Office: 425-352-5166.

Security

Gown and Bag Checks

All persons entering the stadium will undergo a bag check. Prior to entering the stadium graduates will be subject to a gown check as well as a bag check if necessary. Graduates are encouraged to leave all bags and belongings at home or with a family member; there is no storage for personal belongings on the arena floor.

Accessibility

Guests with Special Needs

Certain sections of the arena have been reserved for guests with special needs.

Wheelchair seating – These sections accommodate one (1) wheelchair and one (1) chair for an attendant.

Mobility impaired (MI) seating – These seats are reserved for guests who may have trouble climbing stairs. One (1) family member may sit with the mobility impaired guest in the MI sections.

American Sign Language (ASL) Interpreter – Guests in the ASL section may also have one (1) additional guest seated with them.

Assistive Listening Device (ALD) – ALDs will be available for those who need them. No tickets are required for these devices. However, students should reserve them when completing the web form so that enough devices will be on hand the day of the event.

For questions concering tickets, please email uwbgrads@uw.edu

Driving Directions 

From Northbound I-5: Take exit #164B - E Martinez Dr exit
From Southbound I-5: Take exit #164 – 4th Ave S
From Westbound I-90: Take the 4th Ave S/E Martinez Drive exit.
  • Merge into the left lane and curve south toward Edgar Martinez Drive.
  • At the end of the ramp, turn right on Edgar Martinez Drive (formerly S Atlantic Street).
  • Please be aware there is no right turn on red at this light – Seattle Police enforce this law strictly.
  • Turn left into the second driveway (before Occidental Ave).

Parking

Parking is available at the Safeco Field Garage and the CenturyLink Garage. Parking permits will be available for pre-purchase during registration at $14 each and day-of upon entry to the garage for $15 each.

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