Commencement Parking Information

Parking and traffic information for Penn State Commencement ceremonies, including the Smeal College of Business, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

To manage the significant congestion expected around the Bryce Jordan Center, Pegula Ice Arena, Medlar Field, Beaver Stadium, and University Drive during spring commencement weekend, drivers will be directed to the appropriate lot by University Police and event parking staff based on the traffic and parking conditions at the time of their arrival. Please use caution while traveling through this area of campus and allow extra time to reach your destination.

Bryce Jordan Center Commencement Parking Interactive Map

General parking for Penn State spring commencement ceremonies being held at the Bryce Jordan Center will be available at one or more of the following parking areas, as directed by University Police and event parking staff:

  • Jordan East: located east of the Bryce Jordan Center, and accessible from Porter Road (via Park Avenue or College Avenue) and Dauer Drive (via University Drive)
  • Stadium West: located west of Beaver Stadium, and accessible only from Park Avenue
  • Porter North: located north of Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, and accessible from Porter Road (via Park Avenue or College Avenue)

Parking for Guests with Disabilities

Parking attendants will be on duty to guide guests to the appropriate areas. 

No parking placards are needed to access the ADA-designated lots, and there is no fee for parking. 

ADA parking will be available at the following Jordan East and Stadium West areas:

  • Northwest corner of Jordan East near Bryce Jordan Center Gate B, across from the Penn State All-Sports Museum (accessible from Porter Road)
  • Section of Lot Orange L located between the Bryce Jordan Center and Jordan East (accessible from Dauer Drive via University Drive)
  • Southwest corner of Stadium West near University Drive/Curtin Road intersection (accessible only from Park Avenue)

To ensure the safety of all guests and to assist with traffic flow between each ceremony, drivers are discouraged from dropping off or picking up guests outside of the designated ADA parking areas. These areas are ADA accessible and located just a short distance from entrances to the Bryce Jordan Center. Curtin Road will also be closed to vehicle traffic between University Drive and the entrance to Jordan East throughout most of the commencement ceremonies to allow safe pedestrian access between Stadium West and the Bryce Jordan Center.