Additional directions

Driving Information

The ceremony will take place on the University campus. The University campus is located at 1664 N. Virginia Street, Reno 89557, near the junction of I-80 and I-580/U.S. 395. Those traveling by car are urged to check Nevada Department of Transportation Road Conditions for information related to road construction and closures.

  • Driving from the East or West: Travel on I-80, take Exit 13 Virginia Street, turn north on Virginia Street and the University will be on the right.
  • Driving from the North: Take US-395/I-580 South, take Exit 72 US-395 Bus S/N Virginia Street, travel south and the University will be on the left.
  • Driving from the South: Take I-580/US-395 toward Reno, merge onto I-80W toward Reno/Sacramento, take Exit 13 Virginia Street, turn north and the University will be on the right.

General Parking

General parking will be available in the Brian J. Whalen and West Stadium Parking Complexes and in the Green parking lots on the north side of campus. General parking will be free in the parking complex and in the lots listed during the ceremonies. Public parking areas are designated for use by faculty, graduates, families and guests. The shuttle service will begin operating two hours prior to each ceremony from the West Stadium Parking Complex and the north Green lots to the Quadrangle for all guests. Shuttle schedules and information can be accessed via Parking and Transportation Services. Parking and Transportation Services can be reached at parking_questions@unr.edu.

Drop Off Area and On Campus Parking for People with Disabilities

Drop Off

A limited mobility, disabled, and wheelchair drop off area will be located at Morrill Hall at the south end of the University Quadrangle. Enter from the intersection of East 9th Street and Center Street.

If the ceremony is moved indoors to the Lawlor Events Center, the limited mobility, disabled, and wheelchair drop off area will be located on the first floor of the West Stadium Parking Complex.

Wheelchair attendants will be available at the drop-off location for those who need assistance to the ceremony.

Parking

Please follow directional signage on Virginia Street to access the disabled parking area in the West Stadium Parking Complex. Disabled parking will be available on level 3 of the West Stadium Parking Complex.

If the ceremony is moved indoors to the Lawlor Events Center, disabled parking will be available on levels 1 and 2 of the West Stadium Parking Complex.

For the outdoor ceremony on the University Quadrangle, shuttle service will be available to transport guests with disabilities from the east side of the West Stadium Parking Complex to the limited mobility drop off area near Morrill Hall. A return shuttle will be available after the ceremony.

Faculty and staff with Silver 11 parking permits must park on levels 4 and 5 of the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex on Thursday and Friday.

Off Campus Parking

Public parking is available in the downtown area south of campus via Virginia Street. Take the Sierra Spirit bus from downtown to campus for 25 cents. Exit the bus at the Davidson Academy of Nevada/Jot Travis Building stop on Virginia Street for convenient access to the ceremony on the University Quadrangle.

Walking Directions on Campus

West Stadium Parking Complex to the University Quadrangle

  • From the West Stadium Parking Complex, exit south on either the 2nd or 3rd floor. Mackay Stadium will be on your left when you exit the garage.
  • Turn right towards Legacy Hall and follow the sidewalk down the hill. Navigate south on the sidewalk towards the first crosswalk.
  • Cross to the east side of West Stadium Way. Continue south on this sidewalk that runs parallel to West Stadium Way. The Joe Crowley Student Union will be on your left and the E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center will be on your right.
  • Continue south on the sidewalk past the roundabout and past the Mathewson - IGT Knowledge Center towards the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex.
  • Continue on the sidewalk using the directions that follow below for the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex to the University Quadrangle.

Brian J Whalen Parking Complex to the University Quadrangle

  • From the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex, exit south on the ground floor.  The Mathewson - IGT Knowledge Center will be on your left when you exit the garage.
  • Turn right towards the Fitzgerald Student Services and the Church Fine Arts buildings.
  • Cross to the east side of West Stadium Way. Continue south on this sidewalk. The William J. Raggio building will be on your left. Stay to the left as the sidewalk path splits at a "Y" in front of the Raggio building. Continue south on this path traveling between buildings on both sides.
  • At the Ansari Business Building, turn right toward the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center. The Pennington Student Achievement Center building will be closed; you will not be able to walk through it. You will need to go around the William N. Pennington Student Achievement Center either on the East side or West side.
  • Turn left before the Pennington Student Achievement Center and travel along the east side of the building following the sidewalk up the hill until you reach Bryan Plaza.
  • Proceed across Bryan Plaza along any path to the south east corner of Bryan Plaza ahead and to your left. You have arrived at the northwest corner of the University Quadrangle.
  • Commencement seating is open seating available on a first come, first served basis. Directional assistants are available to help.

West Stadium Parking Complex to the Lawlor Events Center

  • From the West Stadium Parking Complex, exit south on either the 1st or 3rd floor to enter the Lawlor Events Center immediately adjacent to the West Stadium Parking Complex.

Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex to the Lawlor Events Center

  • From the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex, exit north on the ground floor. The E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center will be on your left when you exit the garage.
  • Turn left on West Stadium Way towards the E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center.
  • Turn left on East 15th Street and travel west towards North Virginia Street. The entrance to the Lawlor Events Center will be on your right at ground level.