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Registrar 5 Commencement 5 Guest Information

Guest Information

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All graduates and guests shall park in the Alumni Coliseum parking lot. ADA parking will be in the Whitlock and Mattox Lots located in the upper left side of Alumni Coliseum (by the water tower). Overflow parking will be at the Center for the Arts. Transportation service from the overflow lot to Alumni Coliseum will be provided.

If a member of your party has a physical disability, they may be dropped off at the ADA accessible entrance on the left side of Alumni Coliseum. This entrance gives guests access to two areas of accessible seating.
For Deaf and Hearing Impaired Guests: Interpreters are provided for each ceremony.

Alternate Directions to Campus:

EXIT 90 – Motorists coming to the event are reminded that Richmond and the EKU campus can be accessed from I-75 via either Exit 90 or Exit 87. Those taking Exit 90 can either come through downtown or take the by-pass that virtually encircles the city and leads eventually to the campus.

US 25/421 – EKU can also be accessed from US 25/421 or KY 52 (Lancaster Road/Irvine Road). Roy and Sue Kidd Way (the campus street that runs in front of the football stadium) will be closed from the Eastern By-Pass to Van Hoose Drive to facilitate pedestrian safety.

Campus wide parking map

An image of the Eastern Kentucky University graduation parking map, with a parking legend saying "Alumni Coliseum", "Alumni Coliseum Lot", "EKU Center for the Arts", "Overflow Parking", "Mattox and Whitlock Lots", and "ADA/VIP Parking".

Guest Seating

Guest seating will be on a first-come-first-serve basis in the Baptist Health Arena in Alumni Coliseum. In the unlikely event that we reach guest capacity due to fire code, overflow seating will be available at the EKU Center for the Arts (located across from Alumni Coliseum at 828 Hall Drive) where the ceremony will be live-streamed.

Accessible seating is available at the concourse level via the accessible entrance to the upper arena. A portion of section 102 will be reserved for those seeking Interpreting Services. Please reach out to a member of guest services for assistance.

Live Webcast

Family members and friends who are unable to attend EKU’s Commencement may view the ceremony via the Internet. A link to the live stream will be available on the main EKU webpage¬†the day of Commencement.


Professional photography will be provided.¬† Candidates will be photographed walking across the stage. Proofs and information from the¬†Photographer¬†will be sent to the student’s EKU email address approximately one week following the ceremony.


Office of the Registrar

521 Lancaster Avenue
Whitlock CPO 58, Room 239
Richmond, KY 40475-3102
Phone: 859-622-2320