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Accommodations

Tickets and Seating

Tickets are not required for the Summer Ceremony, and seating is not assigned. Guests should be seated by 8:00 a.m. No seating will take place during the processional. 

Hotels

DU is a proud partner of the JW Marriott - Denver - Cherry Creek. You can make a reservation using the DU rate here. 

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You can also get discounted rates through other participating hotels. Just ask for the DU rate when making your reservation.

Directions and Parking

DU's summer Commencement ceremony will be held on Graduation Green.

If you're driving, here's the best route to take:

  • Start on Interstate 25.
  • Take Exit 205 onto University Blvd.
  • Drive south on University Blvd. (left if exiting from I-25 North, and right if exiting from I-25 South).
  • Watch for signage directing you to free parking for the ceremony. All lots can be accessed from University Blvd.

Light Rail Information

DU is well-connected to Denver's public transportation system. You can get to Commencement without a car even if you're coming directly from the airport.

  • You can reach DU from RTD light rail lines E, F and H. Exit the train at the University of Denver station, which drops you off at the north end of campus.
  • Coming from Denver International Airport? Take the A line to Denver Union Station and transfer to the E line. Exit at the University of Denver station.
  • Here are the light rail schedules and how much it will cost.
  • You can also park at several light rail stations and come to campus via the train.

Bus Information

  • Route 21 runs east/west from Lakewood to Aurora. Exit Evans – University, walk north on University and cross University Blvd. at Buchtel Blvd. Follow signs to Magness Arena.
  • Route 24 runs north/south along University Blvd., from C-470 to 41st Avenue. Exit at the University of Denver stop. Cross Buchtel Blvd., turn left on Buchtel Blvd., and follow signs to Magness Arena.

Car Rental and Taxi Information

There are several shuttle, taxi and rental car services operating around campus.

  • Enterprise Rent-a-Car: 303-757-3475 (Mention DU discount code NA12DU)
  • Coach America: 303-421-2780 x106 (mention the DU special for a 10% off discount)
  • Super Shuttle: 800-525-3177 (or SuperShuttle.com)
  • Airport Boulevard Company Shuttle: 303-696-9559
  • Metro Taxi: 303-333-3333
  • Yellow Cab: 303-777-7777

Parking

If you drive to campus, parking in all University of Denver parking lots is free on the day of Summer Commencement. Signs and University staff will guide you to the lots closest to Graduation Green. Remember that parking on streets near campus is limited to one hour.

See the information below for more about parking and a drop-off point for guests with disabilities.

Accessibility

  • Drop Off: We'll use Ritchie Circle as a drop-off location for guests with disabilities. There are wheelchair-accessible entrances on both the north and south side of the Ritchie Center.
  • Parking: Accessible parking is available in multiple lots around Carnegie Green, and parking in all lots will be free the day of the ceremony. Parking attendants can guide you to accessible parking spaces. See our map of ADA-accessible parking locations.
  • Seating: Carnegie Green is an accessible location. 
  • Wheelchairs: If you need a wheelchair, visit our wheelchair rental page for recommended vendors.
  • Large-print programs will be provided for guests with low vision, and we'll also display closed captioning of the ceremony on video screens in the arena.

Contact DU's Disability Services Program at 303-871-2372 for more information about disability-related accommodations.