Parking & Special Accommodations

Most of the information below applies to commencement ceremonies at Reed Arena (campus map).  However, where possible, additional venue location information has been provided.

The main commencement ceremonies in College Station will be held in Reed Arena. The Reed Arena web site provides Map and Directions. The Transportation Services web site provides Traffic and Parking Maps for Reed Arena and Rudder Auditorium.

The Galveston campus ceremonies are typically held in The Grand 1894 Opera House or the Galveston Island Convention Center. Check their respective web sites for map and direction information.

Please check the Individual College Ceremony webpage to obtain location information for other ceremonies held by the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M University School of Law, and Texas A&M University at Qatar branch campus.

The College Station campus offers RV parking/hookup facilities with advance reservation for a nominal fee.

For ceremonies held in College Station, Texas, there are many parking spaces available near Reed Arena and Rudder Auditorium (traffic and parking maps).  Handicapped parking is available with the appropriate parking permit. For Texas A&M University main campus parking questions, please contact Transportation Services at 979-862-7272 (PARK).

For ceremonies held in Galveston, Texas, they are typically held in The Grand 1894 Opera House or the Galveston Island Convention Center. Please refer to their respective web sites for venue parking information.

Please check the Individual College Ceremony webpage to obtain parking information for other ceremonies held by the Texas A&M Health Science Center, Texas A&M University School of Law, and Texas A&M University at Qatar branch campus.

 

Degree Candidates
Degree candidates needing special accommodations in order to participate in one of the main campus ceremonies located on the Texas A&M University College Station campus should contact Laura Heard via email (lheard@tamu.edu) or phone 979-845-1059 prior to the deadline published in the Degree Candidate Letter emailed to degree candidates usually 2-3 weeks after the graduation application deadline (without a late fee).  For degree candidates attending a ceremony on a branch campus or an individual college ceremony, please contact a representative on your branch campus or respective college.

Reed Arena
Wheelchair space and seating for mobility-impaired guests are both available on a first-come first-serve basis. Special seating for people with visual impairments can be arranged by contacting Reed Arena Guest Services at 979-862-7334.  Enter at the main entrance, and an usher will be able to direct you to the appropriate seating area. There are handicap parking spaces available in front of Reed Arena as well as in adjacent lots (North and East entrances).   For additional details regarding accessibility services at Reed Arena, please visit http://reed.tamu.edu/guest-services/accessibility-information/.

Rudder Auditorium
For details regarding accessibility services at Rudder Auditorium, please visit http://ucenter.tamu.edu/services/special-needs/#services-page-nav.


 

The ceremonies are broadcast live on Texas A&M's television station KAMU-DT (broadcast on Channels 12.1, 12.2, & 12.3 and Cable 700 locally). Additional information regarding the television broadcast/streaming options and videos of the ceremony available for purchase can be found on the Photos and Video webpage. Should Reed Arena reach capacity, an overflow seating space will be available at a nearby location.
A number of hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts are located in the Bryan/College Station area. Texas A&M University does not endorse or recommend any specific establishment.

 

Guests are encouraged to dress

  1. respectfully for the occasion and
  2. appropriately for the weather.

Most guests tend to wear "business casual" attire. Shoes should be comfortable for walking between parking areas and the arena and for walking up and down steps in the arena seating area.

Stage guests wear appropriate regalia because of their participation in the ceremonies (including uniforms for those in the armed forces).