Graduates must provide their own transportation. No school transportation is provided to the Ritchie Center. Enclosed is a map of where to park. Graduates will need to have their cap and gown in order to enter the arena. Again, graduates are expected to arrive by 5:00pm so leave early.
Graduates and their family and friends are encouraged to plan ahead for drive time. We recommend drive time of 45 minutes to 1 hour because of evening rush hour traffic. It is advised to carpool when possible. Refer to the enclosed map for parking. Please note that the parking lot is about 2 blocks from the arena. Handicapped parking is also designated on the map. Only vehicles that have a handicap license plate or placard will be allowed to park in the designated handicap area on campus. Security and parking lot officials at DU will assist with parking.
Doors for guests will open at 5:00pm. Entrance to the arena is on the North side off of Buchtel Blvd at 2240 E. Buchtel Blvd, Denver CO 80208. There are no reserved seats as it is first come first served. The ceremony will begin promptly at 6:00pm.
Event Overview
Drive Time – There will be rush hour traffic and the University of Denver will be in session. Please consider all of this when planning driving time. We recommend at least 1 hour to be safe.
Parking Lots – Please use the assigned parking lots to avoid getting a ticket. Lot #108 is marked on the map and is free to park for graduation. Lot 108 is on the corner of Josephine St. and Buchtel Blvd approximately 2 blocks from the Ritchie Center. Handicap parking is available closer the Ritchie Center.
Admission – There will be no tickets issued for graduation. Everyone is welcome and there should be ample seating.
Seating – Is first come first served. There are no reserved seats and no “saving” of seats is permitted so plan to arrive together. Family and guests will be ushered to seats by University of Denver officials.
Cell Phones – We ask that all cell phones be on silent or vibrate during the ceremony. Please change your phone to silent or vibrate when you enter the Ritchie Center
Photos and Videos – Photos and Video may be taken from your seating area only. No family or guests will have access to the arena floor. Only the official company contracted to take photographs and APS Personnel have permission to be on the arena floor.
Only Graduating Seniors and School Officials are allowed in the staging area (Hamilton Gym) before and after the ceremony. Make arrangements to meet your graduating senior near the West entrance to the Ritchie Center following the ceremony. There is ample space for pictures and gathering on the West side of the Ritchie Center.


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