Information about 2017 Fall Commencement
Commencement participants and guests are strongly advised to plan their arrival with sufficient time to locate parking. Both parking structures will be available for parking. In addition, several parking lots are located within comfortable walking distance of Diddle Arena. Refer to the map of parking locations. A limited number of parking spaces will be reserved in the parking lot adjacent to Diddle Arena for individuals who possess a handicapped parking permit. The lot can be accessed from the Avenue of Champions. If you are interested in free parking where you can park away from the event and have a shuttle provided, click here.
Candidates for graduation will be seated on the floor of Diddle Arena. All seats for families and guests of the graduates are available on a first come, first served basis. It is recommended that guests be seated 30 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony and enjoy the pre-commencement music.
Diddle Arena's accessible seating is located on the second level of the arena. Elevators are available at each entrance. One additional guest may accompany the attendee with a disability to this area. To assure accessible seating for all who need to be accommodated, we ask that other guests be seated near the accessible seating areas.
Commencement weekend will be very busy with other activities in the Bowling Green community. If overnight accommodations are necessary, it is recommended that reservations be made immediately. Local hotel information is provided by the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.
Concession stands will be open on the second level of Diddle Arena prior to Saturday's ceremonies for beverages and snacks. Other food service facilities will be open as follows:
Saturday, December 9, 2017
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Guests requesting disability accommodations can contact WKU Student Accessibility Resource Center (SARC) at (270) 745-5004 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to meet these requests, please contact SARC two weeks prior to commencement. SARC will make every effort to accommodate all requests.
Graduation is very well-attended, and we encourage anyone with mobility or health issues to arrive early. If you use a wheelchair, cart, or other specialized equipment, please bring it with you.
Flowers may be purchased on the ground level of Diddle Arena.
From I-65 North (heading south): Take the second Bowling Green exit #26 and turn right onto Highway 234 - Cemetery Road. Follow 234 for 4.1 miles through six traffic lights. The name of the road will change from Cemetery Road to Fairview Avenue to 6th Avenue. Turn left at the seventh light onto College Street. Then go through five traffic lights to the top of the Hill in front of Cherry Hall. Turn right, go down the Hill and bear to the left onto Avenue of Champions. Go 0.3 mile and Diddle Arena will be on your right.
From Natcher Parkway (heading south): Take exit 7 of Natcher Parkway and turn right onto US 231 (Morgantown Road). Follow Morgantown Road 2.5 miles into Bowling Green. At the 3rd traffic light, which is the junction of US 231 and US 68-80, turn left onto Russellville Road, travel 0.2 mile to University Blvd, and turn left onto University Blvd. Go 0.3 mile and Diddle Arena will be on your right.
From I-65 South (heading north): Follow I-65 north to Bowling Green. Take exit 20 (Natcher Parkway) and follow the Parkway north to exit 4 (US 31W). At the end of the exit ramp, turn right onto US 31W (Nashville Road) and go 2.8 miles to the 7th traffic light, and turn left onto University Blvd (Business 231). Stay on University Blvd through 3 traffic lights, and Diddle Arena will be on your right.
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