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Tickets and Seating

Tickets are required for Undergraduate Commencement. Five tickets are allocated to each eligible graduate, and will be distributed electronically directly to the graduate. In the event the arena reaches capacity on the day of, we will open an overflow area for a livestream broadcast. Please note that tickets are not required for children under the age of 2.

More details regarding Graduate Commencement will be coming soon.

Tickets are not required for Summer Commencement.

There is no assigned seating for any of the commencement ceremonies. 


DU is a proud partner to several area hotels. You can get discounted rates through our participating hotels. Just ask for the DU rate when making your reservation.

Directions and Parking

DU's spring commencement ceremonies will be held in Magness Arena inside the Ritchie Center, while the summer commencement ceremony will be held in Hamilton Gymnasium, also inside the Ritchie Center.

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
  • Airport Boulevard Company Shuttle: 303-696-9559
  • Metro Taxi: 303-333-3333
  • Yellow Cab: 303-777-7777


If you drive to campus, parking in all University of Denver parking lots is free on the days of the Spring and Summer Commencement Ceremonies. 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.


  • 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 the Ritchie Center, 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: Magness Arena is an accessible location. 
  • Wheelchairs: If you need a wheelchair, visit our wheelchair rental page for recommended vendors.

Students who need more information about disability-related accommodations should contact DU's Disability Services Program at 303-871-2372. Guests or other participants who need more information about disability-related accommodations should contact Claire Brownell at 303-871-4876.