Directions, Parking, and Seating

Commencement is held at the University Events Center. Free parking is available in lots as indicated on the commencement parking map below.

Parking and Traffic

For the safety and convenience of our guests, the University Police Department (UPD) coordinates and supervises parking and traffic flow. Guests may encounter lane closures and/or re-directed traffic as the UPD deems necessary.

Traffic Resources

Tune to KZOS-FM 103.1 on the day of commencement for up-to-date information on parking, traffic, and other general commencement information.

Please visit the City of San Marcos website for more information regarding construction and potential road closures.

Off campus and Private Parking

Since parking lots off campus may be private, guests are asked to observe all signs to avoid having their vehicles towed.

Shuttle Services

Shuttle buses are the fastest way to travel to the University Events Center.

Shuttles will be available to transport guests from lots A and B. Shuttles will drop off at the TXST marquee sign in front of the University Events Center.

Shuttle Bus Details

  • shuttles will only pick up and drop off at designated stops
  • when planning your arrival, please allow up to 15 minutes for the shuttle to make its route
  • buses will be available beginning one and a half hours prior to the start of the ceremony
  • the last bus leaves one and a half hours after the end of the ceremony
  • all shuttle buses are 100% ADA accessible


Please refer to the University Events Center map for a general idea of the seating location of a particular graduate's level (doctoral, master's, bachelor's) during each ceremony.

TXST reserves the right to alter the graduates' seating arrangement as needed prior to the start of the ceremony.

Check-In of Large Items

Seating areas cannot accommodate large strollers. If a stroller is required, it is recommended that you use a lightweight model.

A stroller check-in is available for all large or full-size models. Wheelchairs, walkers, and related equipment can also be checked in. Please see the University Events Center map for the location of this kiosk.

See a full list of what you can and can't bring to commencement. All articles brought into the facility will be subject to search.

Parking and Seating Information for Individuals with Limited Mobility

Please visit the Accessibility page.