Transportation and Security

Please review the transportation and parking, traffic impacts, move-out, and security details below for special event accommodations. If you are not attending a ceremony, enter campus from Gilman Drive or Villa La Jolla Drive for the least restricted access.

Transportation and parking will be impacted beginning Friday evening, June 15, due to Commencement 2018 ceremonies and move-out activities. Plan to arrive at least an hour prior to the start of your ceremony to allow ample time to park and walk or shuttle, where offered, to RIMAC Field or RIMAC Arena.

We strongly recommend carpooling, ride-sharing, or using public transportation. Parking will be extremely limited.

  • Get 20 percent off two rides to or from the UC San Diego Commencement 2018 ceremonies with Lyft code UCSDGRAD18.
    • Limited quantity available. 20 percent off two rides. Max savings of $10 per ride. Discount applies to fare and prime time charges only. Valid between June 15, 2018, and June 17, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Pickup or drop-off must be within the UC San Diego campus. It cannot be combined with other ride credit or offers. Subject to Lyft’s Terms of Use.
  • The following locations will be designated Lyft ride-share pick-up/drop-off locations on Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17:
  • Accessibility: Motorized cart service will be available from Parking Lot P359 for the individual requiring assistance and one guest. Able-bodied guests will be asked to walk and meet their party at the RIMAC Field entrance nearby.
  • Most campus parking lots will be reserved for event parking.
  • Special event parking will be available all day Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17. Please follow signs and parking attendants’ directions to access the best available parking for each ceremony.
  • You do not need a parking pass to park on campus or at Torrey Pines Scenic Drive (commonly called the Gliderport).
    • Torrey Pines Scenic Drive Parking is unpaved with uneven terrain. Please plan accordingly. Approximate walking time to RIMAC Field or RIMAC Arena: 15–30 minutes.
    • East Campus Parking, off of Campus Point Drive and Regents Road, will require the use of a free shuttle to get to RIMAC Field or RIMAC Arena.

Event attendees who have an accessibility need will be allowed to park in Hopkins Parking Structure. Please enter the campus from Campus Point Drive off of Genesee Avenue and follow the direction of the parking attendants. Motorized cart service will be available for individuals requiring assistance and one guest. Able-bodied guests will be asked to walk and meet their party at the entrance to RIMAC Field or RIMAC Arena nearby.

Need More Information?

We appreciate your cooperation and support during this exciting event. If you have questions about parking or transportation, contact TellTPS@ucsd.edu.


Campus Road Closures

Hopkins Drive will be closed from Friday, June 15, at 8:00 p.m. through Sunday, June 17, at 10:00 p.m.

The following roads will be open for move-out traffic only and special accommodations, where indicated below, between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16:

  • UCSD Northpoint Driveway: Village or Roosevelt College move-out pass and ride-share drop-off/pick-up
  • Pangea Drive: Marshall College move-out pass
  • Muir College Drive: Muir College move-out pass
  • Voigt Drive: Warren College, Sixth College, or Marshall College move-out pass, event parking pass specific to Hopkins, and ADA or those with accessibility needs

When open to all traffic, Scholars Drive North through Muir College Lane and Scholars Drive South will be for southbound traffic only, all weekend.

Parking Lot Closures

These lots will be closed from Friday, June 15, at 6:00 p.m. through Sunday, June 17, at 10:00 p.m.:

During this very busy weekend of June 16–17, access routes onto campus, parking lots, and structures may be intermittently closed due to traffic or event control. Vehicles parked in these areas will be allowed to leave; attendants will direct drivers to specific exits and re-entry may be denied.


Students who have parked vehicles at any facility can leave them parked through Commencement 2018 activities. All regular parking rules and restrictions apply.

  • The following roads will be open for move-out traffic only between 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, with a move-out pass. Students can get a move-out pass from their Residential Life Office.
  • If you leave during closures, you will not be allowed to re-enter until roads and parking lots reopen.
  • The following locations will be designated Lyft ride-share pick-up/drop-off locations on Saturday, June 16, and Sunday, June 17:

For the safety of all, security will be tight. Please allow extra time to wait in line for security checks. All bags will be thoroughly searched. All graduates and guests will walk through a metal detector.

There are no on-site lockers, storage, or holding areas.

  • Aerosols, Mace, or pepper spray
  • Animals, including therapy animals, emotional support animals, or pets (service animals specifically trained to assist a person with a disability are welcome)
  • Bags or backpacks larger than 12" x 12" x 20"
  • Banners, signs, or placards
  • Coolers
  • Explosives
  • Fireworks
  • Knives (regardless of size)
  • Laser lights and laser pointers
  • Leatherman or similar tools
  • Noisemakers, such as air horns, whistles, or drums
  • Plastic replica of weapons
  • Portable or folding chairs
  • Sharp and/or pointed objects, scissors, or knitting needles
  • Strollers: Please leave your stroller in the car. Space will be limited, and there is no stroller check-in. Strollers may not be left in aisles at any time. If you must bring a stroller, we suggest a small, collapsible “umbrella” stroller that can be folded and placed under the chairs.
  • Tripods for cameras for All Campus Commencement (allowed for the college, Graduate Division, and professional school ceremonies)
  • Umbrellas and long pole objects, balloons and other floating items, or other items that block the view of other guests
  • Voice-enhancement devices, such as bullhorns
  • Weapons