For Family and Friends

Accommodations and Dining

We recommend booking early as hotel and dining reservations in Redlands book up quickly for Commencement weekend; see list of dining options and local hotels at

Dress for Commencement

The Commencement ceremony will take place outside at the Alumni Greek Theatre. Commencement day is usually warm, and there is no shade. Comfortable, low-heeled shoes are recommended as there is a considerable distance (some unpaved) between event locations, and the Alumni Greek Theatre has limited handrails and unevenly spaced steps.

University Commons

The Irvine Commons in the Hunsaker University Center will be open for brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., available for Grab and Go snacks 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., and for dinner from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. For your convenience, water, soda and snacks will be available for purchase near the entrance to the Alumni Greek Theatre provided by the University’s Town & Gown organization.

Graduation flowers 
Family and friends can commemorate this special occasion with a bouquet of flowers, a Redlands kukui nut necklace or a lei available for pre-order or day-of purchase at the Graduation Day Flowers booth. Order online at 

University Bookstore

The Bookstore is located in Hunsaker University Center and will be open the following hours during commencement week:

School of Education – On Thursday, April 20, the Bookstore is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On Friday, April 21, the Bookstore is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

College of Arts & Sciences and School of Business – On Saturday, April 22, the Bookstore is open from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.   

Lost and Found

Items should be claimed from or turned in to the Public Safety Office in the Willis Center. 

Parking and street closures

Parking for the Commencement ceremony is available on the north side of campus. Follow the directional signs to Brockton Avenue and the designated parking areas behind Memorial Chapel, Armacost Library, Orton Center or the Stauffer Science Complex off of Grove Street. On April 22, Shuttle buses will be available from these lots to the Alumni Greek Theatre. Colton Avenue, the street through the center of the campus, will be closed to through traffic. See the Parking Information page for maps.

Disabled parking

Disabled guests are encouraged to park in any of the lots serviced by the Commencement shuttles. Please refer to the parking map and follow directional signs on the day of Commencement. Accessible shuttles are equipped with lifts and will service all parking lots indicated to transport guests to a drop-off location near the Alumni Greek Theatre.  If you or your guest requires specialized assistance beyond what is outlined, please call the University’s Facilities Management department at 909-748-8020 by April 7, and we will work with you to meet your needs.  Please refer family and friends to the parking map for more information and directions to campus and the Alumni Greek Theatre. 

For your planning and safety

Please follow these tips to ensure that Commencement day is enjoyable for your graduate and your family:

Due to capacity issues, graduates are asked to limit the attendance of family and friends in the Alumni Greek Theatre for the Commencement Ceremony to six people and direct others to the Live Streaming under the tent on the Gallery Lawn.

All events during Commencement weekend, both indoors and outdoors, are non-smoking events.

  • Dress appropriately for the day. Most often, it is warm and sunny and little shade is provided in the Alumni Greek Theatre. Comfortable clothes and walking shoes are strongly recommended.
  • The stairs in the Alumni Greek Theatre are steep with limited handrails, high-heeled shoes are discouraged.
  • Strollers are not permitted in the Alumni Greek Theatre. Stroller parking is available at the back of the theatre.
  • No pets are allowed in the Alumni Greek Theatre.
  • Umbrellas are not permitted in the Alumni Greek Theatre because they inhibit the sightlines of surrounding guests. In the event of rain, check the University of Redlands website.
  • Limited disabled seating is available at the back of the Alumni Greek Theatre for guests with special needs; one companion may accompany him or her. This may mean that families will need to separate.
  • No inflatables or large signs are allowed in the Alumni Greek Theatre or the grounds surrounding the theatre.
  • Aisles and entryways surrounding the Alumni Greek Theatre may not be blocked for any reason.

Questions? Email or call the Office of Alumni and Community Relations at 909-748-8011.