Parking & Transportation

Commencement Day Parking


The main parking locations for the Commencement ceremony will be:

All parking is complimentary. The Blue Zone lots are a 12 min. walk to the ceremony location (Abele Quad). Guests parking in PGIV will need to walk to Abele Quad via the Plaza Walkway (~5 min.).  All lots are in short walking distance to Card Gym lot for graduate line-up. Graduates should not board the shuttles.


Shuttles will run from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. from Science Drive Garage (SDG) to the ceremony seating area.  Shuttles leaving the SDG after 8:30 a.m. will drop off guests on Chapel Drive at the traffic circle, leaving guests a ~6 min. walk to the ceremony seating area. Graduates should not board the shuttles.

Accessible Parking

The Allen Parking Lot, accessible from Flowers Drive, will be reserved for guests requiring accessible parking accommodations.  Guests with mobility restrictions may be dropped off at the West campus bus stop via Chapel drive until 8:30 a.m.  After 8:30 a.m., accessible guests may be dropped off in the Allen Parking Lot.

Hired Car (Rideshare) Services Drop-off/Pick-up Locations

The following locations will have designated areas held for hired car services drop-off and pick up:

  • Wannamaker Road, via the Chapel Drive traffic circle (~ 6 min walk to the ceremony)
  • Wannamaker Road, via / Towerview Rd Traffic Circle, across from Blue Zone Lots entry

Commencement Weekend

Events on Duke Campus

Campus parking throughout the weekend will available at Bryan Center Garage, Karsh Alumni Center, Campus/Anderson lot & Science Drive Visitor Lot beginning at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24.  Suggested parking for individual events will be communicated to graduates.

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.

Getting Around Campus

Duke provides free, accessible transportation on campus and in some neighboring areas through Duke Transit buses and vans.

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.