Commencement Weekend
May 11 - 13, 2018

Parking, Transportation & Maps

Parking

Commencement Weekend Parking Map

View a PDF map that highlights the main parking for Commencement weekend's major events, or view an interactive tour of all University commencement activities. 

While the map highlights most of campus' largest parking lots, all lots on campus will be open and available for parking without charge beginning Friday morning until end of day Sunday. Parking is on a first-come basis, so please allow plenty of time for parking before events.

Baccalaureate Services

The main parking for Friday and Saturday Baccalaureate services is colored red on this map. The best lots to find parking are the Blue Zone lots and Bryan Center Parking Garage (also called PG4). The Bryan Center Parking Garage is within walking distance of Duke Chapel and Page Auditorium. Buses will transport guests from the Blue Zone parking lots the Chapel Quad.

Commencement Day

Main parking for Commencement Day is highlighted in light blue on this map. The Chemistry lot and Bryan Center Parking Garage/PG4 are about a 15 minute walk to Wallace Wade Stadium. The lots depicted closest to Wallace Wade on the map are about a 10 minute or less walk.

Main parking lots and number of spaces per lot:

  • Blue Zone, near East Gate of Wallace Wade Stadium: 1,350 parking spaces
  • Whitford Drive, near North Gate lot of Wallace Wade Stadium: 76 spaces inside gate, 23 spaces along the street
  • Science Drive, on Science Drive between NC 751 & Towerview Drive: 84 spaces
  • 751 Lot, corner of Science Drive & Highway 751 opposite Washington Duke Inn: 375 spaces
  • Grounds Lot, off Cameron Blvd.: 334 spaces
  • Card Gym, off Towerview Drive: 163 spaces
  • Basset Drive (some construction): 160 spaces
  • Edens B and Edens C, off Towerview Drive: 160 spaces
  • Chemistry, corner of Circuit and Towerview Drive: 416 spaces
  • Parking Garage 4/Bryan Center Parking Garage, off Science Drive: 500 spaces

See transportation information below regarding ADA-accessible vehicle routes to and from these lots and Wallace Wade Stadium.

Personal Vehicles - Drop-off for Guests with Disabilities
Guests with disabilities may be dropped off at the entrance of each venue, but vehicles must be parked elsewhere.

For Baccalaureate services, drivers should drop any persons with mobility impairments in their party off on the Chapel Quad.
For Commencement at Wallace Wade, drivers should drop any persons with mobility impairments in their party off at the North Gate.

Transportation

Duke Transportation runs wheelchair accessible vehicles to assist guests on Commencement Day. Uniformed University personnel will be available to provide further assistance with accessible pathways and location of parking lots.

Baccalaureate Services

Buses will transport guests from the Blue Zone parking lots to the Chapel Quad.

Commencement Day

GOLF CARTS
Golf carts are available to transport those with mobility concerns from the parking lots listed below to the entrances of Wallace Wade.

Pre-Commencement Ceremony, beginning at 8 a.m.
Blue Zone lots, off Wannamaker --> East gate, Wallace Wade
Whitford Drive --> North gate, Wallace Wade
Card Gym lot, off Towerview Dr. --> North gate, Wallace Wade
Bassett Drive --> West gate, Wallace Wade
Grounds lot, off Cameron Blvd. --> West gate, Wallace Wade
751 Parking --> West gate, Wallace Wade Stadium

Post-Commencement Ceremony, ending at 1:30 p.m.
East gate, Wallace Wade Stadium --> Blue Zone lots, off Wannamaker
North gate, Wallace Wade Stadium --> Whitford Drive
North gate, Wallace Wade Stadium --> Card Gym lot, off Towerview Dr.
West gate, Wallace Wade Stadium --> Bassett Drive
West gate, Wallace Wade Stadium --> Grounds lot, off Cameron Blvd.
West gate, Wallace Wade Stadium --> 751 Parking

BUSES 

All day from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
West Campus <----> East Campus (also called C-1 bus)

Pre-Commencement Ceremony, beginning at 8 a.m.
East Campus, Campus Drive Circle --> Blue Zone, East Gate side
West Campus, Chapel Drive Circle --> Blue Zone, East Gate side
Bryan Center/PG4, front entrance --> Blue Zone, East Gate side

Post-Commencement Ceremony, ending at 4:30 p.m.
Transportation will be running routes to and from the following locations immediately after the Commencement Ceremony until 4:30 p.m.

Blue Zone, East Gate side <----> East Campus, Campus Drive Circle
Blue Zone, East Gate side <----> West Campus, Chapel Drive Circle
*Blue Zone, East Gate side <----> Bryan Center/PG4 (runs until 2:30 p.m.)

VANS
Vans run throughout lots to pick-up guests. Priority seating on the vans will go to those with mobility impairments.

Pre-Commencement Ceremony, beginning at 8 a.m.
Gravel Lot, off Duke University Rd. --> Blue Zone, East Gate side
Chemistry Lot --> West Gate side on Basset Drive
751 Lot, Science Dr. & Cameron --> West Gate side on Basset Drive
Science Drive parking --> West Gate side on Basset Drive
Bryan Center/PG4, front entrance --> West Gate side on Basset Drive
Edens B & C, off Towerview Dr. --> West Gate side on Basset Drive
Circuit Drive --> West Gate side on Basset Drive
Union Drive --> West Gate side on Basset Drive

Post-Commencement , ending at 4:30 p.m.
Transportation will be running routes to and from the following locations immediately after the Commencement Ceremony until 4:30 p.m.

West Gate side, Basset Drive <----> Gravel Lot off Duke University Rd.
West Gate side, Basset Drive <----> Chemistry Lot
West Gate side, Basset Drive <----> 751 Lot, Science Dr. & Cameron Blvd.
West Gate side, Basset Drive <----> Science Drive parking
West Gate side, Basset Drive <----> Bryan Center/PG4, front entrance
West Gate side, Basset Drive <----> Edens B & C, off Towerview Dr.
West Gate side, Basset Drive <----> Circuit Drive
West Gate side, Basset Drive <----> Union Drive
Vans will also run through Medical Center Campuses upon request.

SPECIAL ACCESS DROP-OFF
Special access drop-off for those with mobility impairments is located at the North Gate of Wallace Wade Stadium; near the Yoh Building.  Drivers may drop-off members of their party who have mobility impairments at the North Gate and proceed to park at one of the many lots available. When possible, only one companion should accompany each guest needing special assistance. Staff members will be available to direct and assist.

HOTEL SHUTTLES

Pre-Commencement Ceremony, from 8 – 9:30 a.m.
Shuttles will run from the following hotels every 15 - 20 minutes and drop off at the Blue Zone, East Gate side.

Comfort Inn
​Courtyard
Hilton
Marriott
Millennium
Quality Inn
Hilton Garden Inn

Post-Commencement Ceremony, from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Shuttles will pick-up from the Blue Zone, East Gate side and return to hotels listed above.

HIRED CARS/TAXIS
Hired cars and taxis should drop-off at the corner of Union Drive and Towerview Drive.

Campus Map

For an overview of the campus, please visit maps.duke.edu.