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Parking & Campus Transport

Parking locations and designations are subject to change. Check back here often for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
During Commencement weekend, traffic on campus is unusually heavy and parking is very limited. Rhody Vans will shuttle guests to and from parking and Commencement sites. Many of the regular routes that students, faculty and staff are familiar with will be altered or closed in order to manage the large volume of traffic. We recommend that you carpool, use shuttles and public transportation, and, most of all, plan ahead.

Where Did You Park?

We recommend that guests download and use a smart phone car-finder app or simply write down where you parked and let others know where to meet you after the ceremonies. At the end of the day, this will be helpful. (Download a free app from your smart phone service/app store.)

Location, Location, Location

To make parking as easy as possible for the Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, we strongly recommend that you choose your parking location based on the location of your individual college ceremony. View the map and you will find Rhody Van stops near all of the recommended parking lots for each of the college ceremonies:

Morning Ceremonies at 9 a.m.

  • College of Engineering, Dairy Barn lot
  • College of Human Science and Services, Plains Road lot
  • College of Pharmacy, Flagg Road lots

Afternoon Ceremonies, Approximately 2 p.m.

  • College of Arts and Sciences, Fine Arts lot
  • College of Business Administration, Dairy Barn lot
  • College of Continuing Education, Fine Arts and Briar Lane lots
  • College of the Environment and Life Sciences, Plains Road lot
  • College of Nursing, Flagg Road lots

Disability & Priority Parking

Disability parking spaces are located throughout the campus. These spaces are reserved for vehicles displaying a state-issued disability placards or license plate. Vehicles displaying a state-issued disability placard or plate will also be allowed to park in the Priority Parking areas.

If you have a physical or medical condition that restricts your mobility, but do not have a state-issued disability placard, you may reserve a Priority Parking permit by calling the Visitors Center at 401.874.2133 no later than May 9.

Disability and Priority parking areas include lots at: Tucker House, East Alumni Avenue, Greenhouse Road, Boss Ice Arena, Keaney Commuter lot and the Ryan Center North Ram lot.

Complimentary Rhody Van shuttle service will be available to and from any lot.

Faculty & Staff

Display your hangtag for access to Faculty/Staff parking areas during Commencement. The areas available will be in the regular Faculty/Staff parking lots such as Roosevelt, Library, White Hall, Merrow E & W, Potter, Complex Road, Adams, Hillside, 210 Surge lot.

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