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Information for Guests

Please note: Due to the extraordinary circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic, our 2020 Commencement activities will no longer be held at the end of May.

Please check the main Commencement page for updates as we arrange to celebrate our students in new ways.

Previously: We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Elmhurst University campus as you celebrate your student’s graduation. No tickets or tokens will be used this year—all guests are welcome! Seating under the tent is limited, and you are welcome to bring your own chair.

  • Both Commencement ceremonies are held outside rain or shine, so please dress appropriately for the weather. Keep in mind that graduates process and recess through the grass on the University Mall.
  • Graduate Commencement begins at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, May 21, 2020.
  • Undergraduate Commencement begins at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, May 23, 2020.
  • Accessible seating is available. Parking and seating areas will be highlighted on the map.


Parking areas and lots on campus will be available for use by graduates and guests. As shown on our parking map, certain areas will be designated as handicap and reserve parking. For the Undergraduate Commencement on Saturday, June 1, additional parking will be available at the following locations:

  • York High School, located at 355 St. Charles Road
  • Adelaide Parking Deck, located at 120 W. Adelaide St.
  • Addison Parking Deck, located at 135 N. Addison Ave.
  • First Street Parking Deck, located at 175 W. First St.
  • Along both sides of the railroad tracks, along First Street and Park Avenue*

Shuttle service will be provided for all of these locations. For the parking decks, please locate the shuttle stop near the entrance of each location.

*Shuttles servicing the public parking along the railroad tracks will be on a loop around First Street and Park Avenue, and they are available to stop anywhere along that route.

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