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Traffic tips for commencement weekend

May 10, 2016 By Käri Knutson
Photo: 2015 graduates in Camp Randall Stadium

UW-Madison graduates celebrate as Jump Around plays during spring commencement at Camp Randall Stadium in May 2015. Photo: Bryce Richter

This weekend will be especially busy at UW–Madison with commencement and move-out at residence halls.

Two graduation ceremonies will take place: a smaller ceremony for doctoral and professional students at 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, at the Kohl Center, and a ceremony for bachelor’s, master’s and law degree candidates at noon Saturday, May 14, at Camp Randall Stadium.

In addition, schools, colleges and departments will host commencement activities throughout the weekend. View a schedule of these events. The following tips can help campus visitors, graduates and those leaving campus move around Madison more easily.

Parking: When making commencement plans, please allow ample time to locate parking and get to your destination. For Saturday’s ceremony, visitors are encouraged to park in campus parking lots and use the shuttle bus service (in addition to shuttles that may be available through local hotels).

Shuttle: On Saturday, May 14, a complimentary shuttle bus service will be available to transport participants and guests around campus, operating approximately every 10 minutes, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. The shuttle features two different loops. The west loop focuses on the northwest corner of campus with parking available in lots 34, 62, 60 and 76. The east loop focuses on the southwest and northeast areas of campus, including the Kohl Center along with Lots 46 and 91.

All campus lots will be free of charge from noon Friday through 6 p.m. Sunday. Commencement parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The lots immediately near Camp Randall, lots 18 and 19, will not be available for parking. Towing in these lots will be enforced from 4:30 p.m. Friday until 5 p.m. Saturday. Additionally, parking will be unavailable on Regent Street between Monroe Street and Park Street from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday to ease the flow of traffic. Parking on Breese Terrace and Monroe Street will be restricted on both sides of the street from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Breese Terrace will be closed to vehicle traffic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The 1400 block of Monroe Street will be closed immediately after commencement for up to 30 minutes.

Please note that no storage is available at Camp Randall for wheelchairs, walkers, motorized carts or any other type of mobility device, including strollers.

More event details are available at