Parking & Transportation

Commencement Day Parking


There is ample general parking available in close proximity to Wallace Wade Stadium. The majority of parking will be available in the Science Drive Parking Garage located at 3100 Cameron Blvd, Durham, NC 27708.  We recommend that graduates park and drop-off in Blue-Zone, located at 2300 Duke University Rd, Durham, NC 27705,  as this will be closer to the Football Practice Field.  Additional guest parking will be available in Blue Zone, PGIV & Chemistry Lot.  Consider the location of your post commencement ceremony when choosing parking for the main event. View a diagram for the parking areas.


The Grounds Lot will be reserved for guests with mobility impairments. Overflow parking will be located in the Science Drive Garage on Level 2. Both of these lots may be accessed via 751. ADA vans will be available to transport guests with mobility issues from these areas to the respective entrances to Wallace Wade Stadium.

Commencement Day Transportation

Park & Ride Shuttles

On Sunday, May 12, shuttles will run from 7:30AM to 5PM to help you navigate campus. See the diagram for the park and ride shuttles.

Hired Car Services

We encourage anyone taking a taxi or using any other hired car service to drop off at the Whitford Drive Circle.  You may find this by entering ‘Whitford Drive, Durham, NC 27708’ into your GPS.  Students may be dropped off in the Blue Zone parking lot on commencement day.

Commencement Weekend

Events on Duke Campus

For an overview of the campus, please visit General parking on campus is on a first-come basis, so please allow plenty of time for parking on commencement day and throughout the weekend. All on-campus parking is free of charge.

Getting Around Campus

Duke provides free, accessible transportation on campus and in some neighboring areas through Duke Transit buses and vans. There’s also the GoDurham Transit system, a public bus service that connects downtown with Duke and its medical facilities. Many of the normally scheduled routes will be altered on commencement day to better transport guests to and from Wallace Wade Stadium.

Getting Around Durham

There are many transportation options for traveling to Durham and getting around after arrival. Interstates 85 and 40, plus US Highways 70 and 15-501 connect Durham to the rest of the country. For more information about getting around Durham and sites to see visit the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau website.

Hired Car Services

Many campus roads are private, so taxis are not readily available. If you plan to use a taxi or other hired car service, please schedule in advance. Taxi companies and ride-sharing services often increase their standard rates throughout commencement weekend due to the high demand.  Please keep in mind that an estimated 15,000 people attend the commencement ceremony so arranging a pick-up location can be challenging.