Driving and Parking Information

Detailed information about PDF iconCarver Hawkeye Arena, including driving directions and parking locations, can be found on UI Maps.  Expect traffic delays so graduates and guests should plan accordingly.

Entering the Arena

Guests should plan on using the South and West entrances. Doors to the arena will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Graduates should arrive no later than 15 minutes after the doors open. Times and days of upcoming commencements can be found on the Ceremonies and Events page. 

Public Safety officials will search any purses or bags brought into the building. Everyone will be asked to open their coats or graduation gown for visual inspection. No backpacks, large bags, packages, wrapped gifts, balloons, or outside food and beverage are allowed at Carver-Hawkeye Arena during this event. No air horns or alcohol are permitted.

Information for Guests with Disabilities or Limited Mobility

Guests with physical disabilities who have a Disabilities Parking Permit (plate, placard, or sticker) will be permitted to park in lot 46, adjacent to Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Public Safety officers will be restricting entrance to this lot, to only those guests with these state issued permits. From lot 46 guests should enter the West doors.

Seating for guests is accessible from the upper concourse level, which is at ground level where you will enter. Guests with disabilities or limited mobility can find seating in the Feller Club Room. This room is equipped with large television screens and commencement ceremonies can be watched live from here. No food or beverage will be permitted in this room.

Guests with disabilities are also welcome to view the ceremony from the upper concourse level. Wheelchair and scooter spaces can be found in sections K – N on this level. Space is limited so we ask that guests seat themselves and two companions in this area. Guests should provide their own wheelchair if needed.

A sign language interpreter will be on-stage to interpret the ceremony.

Carver-Hawkeye Arena Evacuation Policies

Seating and Evacuation at Carver-Hawkeye Arena for UI Commencement Ceremonies

Policy for UI Commencement Ceremonies at Carver-Hawkeye Arena.