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Hotels Near UT Austin Graduation

Celebrate Your Longhorn’s Accomplishments

Longhorn grads are gearing up for the 136th Spring Commencement ceremony at the University of Texas at Austin. For families looking for a comfortable and centrally located hotel near the UT Austin campus, look no further than Courtyard & Residence Inn Austin Downtown to celebrate your graduate’s achievements as part of the Class of 2018. As one of the more comfortable and centrally located hotels near the UT Austin campus, we invite families, friends, and mentors who supported these graduates to celebrate the achievements of the Class of 2018.

From dates and times to parking and transportation, this helpful Q & A explains what you need to know about attending UT’s weekend-long spring 2018 graduation celebration.

1. What are Convocation Ceremonies?

Before the university-wide ceremony is held, colleges and departments recognize graduates individually. Grads cross the stage and shake hands with their dean, department chair, and faculty mentor.

  • When: Friday, May 18th, from 8am-7pm and Sat., May 19th, from 8am-4pm
  • Where: Ceremonies are held during various time frames and at several different locations across campus.
  • For more information on locations and times, click here

2. What happens at the University-Wide Ceremony?

All degree candidates, their families, friends, and mentors gather to celebrate the hard work and dedication of the Class of 2018. The ceremony also includes musical performances, a commencement address, and a grand finale.

  • When: Saturday, May 19th, from 5pm-8pm
  • Where: The plaza and South Mall in front of the Main Building and Tower

3. What about Tickets?

Only a small number of convocation ceremonies require tickets. No ticket is required for guests attending the university-wide ceremony.

  • Seating for the commencement ceremony on Saturday is limited
  • It’s on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at 5pm

4. What If There Are No Seats Left?

Telecast viewing from indoor locations is available if you don’t manage to snag up a seat. Remember, guests may not save seats or stand in the aisles.

  • Indoor seating starts at 6pm
  • The ATT Amphitheatre (Room 204) and SAC Auditorium (Room 1.402) are 2 options for seating indoors.

5. Where Do I Park?

On Saturday, May 19th: University parking garages and all lots, except for ones marked “At All Times.” Do not park in lots marked “At All Times.”

  • Be aware that parking is in high-demand and traffic can become congested.
  • Consider alternative transportation to avoid the hassle of finding parking.
  • Austin has multiple options for ride sharing. There’s also CapMetro and MetroRapid—both of which are reliable and affordable alternatives to driving.

Hotels Near UT Austin Campus

Avoid the stress of graduation traffic and parking when you stay at an Austin hotel near UT’s campus. We are conveniently located only 1.2 miles from the campus and offer comfortable rooms with fully equipped kitchens and generous hotel amenities including a fitness center, indoor pool, complimentary Wi-Fi, a 24-hour food market and more.

What to Expect During Graduation Weekend

    • Large Crowds

As one of the largest research universities in the nation, it goes without saying that Austin is a busy place during graduation weekend.

    • Delays

Driving, parking, and getting a seat is almost considered an extreme sport – so plan ahead and make sure you give yourself enough time to drive, park, and get to the festivities early. Also, if you carry a purse, it’s important to note that security will search your bag upon entry. Oversized bags (larger than 12 inches) are not allowed.