Commencement Day Checklist

Directions and Parking

Directions to Lots B & C (General Parking, Alamodome)

Coming from IH-35 North
Use the New Braunfels Street exit, south on New Braunfels to Commerce Street, west on Commerce Street to Cherry Street, south on Cherry Street and into lots.

Coming from IH-35 South
Use US-90 East to New Braunfels Street exit, north on New Braunfels to Commerce Street, west on Commerce Street to Cherry Street, south on Cherry Street and into lots.

Coming from IH-10 East
Use Hackberry Street exit, north on Hackberry to Cesar E. Chavez Blvd., west on Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. to Cherry Street, North on Cherry Street and into lots.

Coming from IH-10 West
Use IH-35 north to New Braunfels Street exit, south on New Braunfels to Commerce Street, West on Commerce Street to Cherry Street, south on Cherry Street and into lots.

Coming from IH-37 South
Use Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. exit, east on Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. exit to Cherry Street, north on Cherry Street and into lots.

Coming from US 281 North
Use Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. exit, east on Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. exit to Cherry Street, north on Cherry Street and into lots.

Traffic

Due to the high number of guests in attendance for the ceremony, heavy traffic congestion is anticipated in the Alamodome/Downtown areas. Families are strongly advised to arrive at least ONE (1) hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Additional parking options are available in private lots or downtown parking garages. Click here for more information on downtown parking.

Parking

Northwest Vista College is not responsible for parking during this event. Please visit the Alamodome website to plan ahead for parking.

General parking is available in Lots B and C at the Alamodome. The parking rate is set by the City of San Antonio and subject to change. Currently the parking rate is $20.00 parking fee per vehicle, including parking for graduates. Graduates are encouraged to park with their families and then walk to the student check-in area. No drop-offs!

Handicapped Parking
There are limited marked handicapped parking spaces in Lot A, at $15.00 per vehicle. Once allotted marked handicapped spaces have been filled, guests will still be able to park in Lot A at $15.00 per vehicle. Disabled guests may enter at the south entrance and plaza level of the Alamodome.

Lot A Egress
There is a new egress plan for families who have a disabled parking pass for Lot A at the Alamodome. After the ceremony is over, traffic exiting Lot A onto the IH-37 Frontage Road will be directed left toward westbound Cesar Chavez Boulevard or southbound IH-37. This new exit route will be in effect for approximately two hours following the ceremony.

 

Security Procedures

Alamodome Safety Procedures

Safety procedures will be in place for upcoming Commencement ceremonies at the Alamodome. To ensure the safety of every guest, all persons, including graduates, will be subject to a bag check and a security scan.

All bags will be searched by security officers before visitors are permitted to enter the venue. The Alamodome and UTSA encourage everyone to arrive early and travel light, as you may be subject to search upon entry, which includes metal-detecting hand wands.

We strongly urge all attendees not to bring bags to any of the ceremonies unless they are absolutely necessary. Those visitors bringing bags should expect delays in order to enter the venue. Please plan accordingly. Do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected. Items not permitted into the Alamodome must either be returned to your vehicle or be discarded. In order to expedite the process, please leave any unpermitted items in your vehicle. Staff may not store or hold items for you.

For the Alamodome policy, please check the following link: https://www.alamodome.com/plan-your-visit/facility-rules-security

Alamodome Clear Bag Policy

To ensure the safety of every guest, all guests will be subject to a bag check and security scan. The Alamodome has implemented a Clear Bag Policy that limits the size and type of bags permitted for guests (pictured below). Visit Security Procedures for more information on the process.

alamodome clear bag policy

Posters, Banners, and Signs are Prohibited

Strollers will be checked in by Alamodome security and returned after the ceremony.

 

Official Photographs

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