Event, Parking, and Transportation Information

  • To promote safety during the coronavirus pandemic, the spring 2020 commencement ceremonies have been postponed to September 12 (and 13, if needed). A schedule of events for that weekend is expected to be available by mid-May. College and departmental ceremonies and other recognition events that typically coincide with commencement ceremonies will not take place that weekend. Read more about the decision to postpone commencement.

    For details about academics and other decisions in this unusual time, please visit our page about the coronavirus.

  • IUP recommends that guests arrive early, before each ceremony, to allow for adequate travel time from parking areas to the Commencement ceremony locations. Designated parking lots near the ceremonies and across the IUP campus will be used for commencement parking at no charge. Parking attendants will direct you to available lots and parking spaces in the area.

    Please see the IUP campus parking and shuttle route map for the Undergraduate and Graduate ceremonies for details.

    Expect increased traffic on Wayne Avenue, Oakland Avenue, and Maple Street. Local traffic is encouraged to avoid this area and find alternative routes.

    Parking for IUP Guests Requiring ADA Accessibility

    Guests who require ADA Accessible parking may park in the lot directly in front of the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex (SE corner of facility, limited spaces) or directly west of the facility. Parking attendants on-site will direct you to the available spaces in the area. A disability parking placard is required to park in these areas. Please have placard displayed when arriving on campus. Map, Directions, and Parking

    Drop-off for Guests with Limited Accessibility

    For the safety of IUP guests and to maintain traffic flow, stopping and drop-off is prohibited along Pratt Drive.

    Limited accessibility drop-off is permitted in the drive-through circle directly in front of the KCAC. Please also use the Indigo Shuttle Service available in each primary parking lot if you have difficulty walking extended distances.

    Indigo Guest Shuttle

    Complimentary shuttle bus service will be available from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 12, to provide transportation from the public parking areas to the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex before each Commencement ceremony, and from the venue back to the parking areas and around the IUP campus after the ceremony. 

    Shuttle drivers are available to assist with shuttle information and campus maps.

    Shuttle Route Maps

    We appreciate your patience with the return shuttle, as it may take longer to get guests back to the parking lots. To view maps of the parking areas, or to access the coordinates for each lot, please visit the IUP Parking website.

    For questions related to Commencement parking, please contact the IUP Parking and Visitor Services office at 724-357-8748.


    • Valid event tickets must be presented for guests to enter the Kovalchick Complex for the Saturday, September 12, undergraduate commencement ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
    • Tickets are not required for the master’s and doctoral commencement ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, September 12, at the Kovalchick Complex at 5:00 p.m.
    • Please refer to the Main Tickets Page for additional information relating to Commencement ticketing. 

    Dedicated Entrance for Graduate Commencement for Master’s and Doctoral Students and Undergraduate Ceremony for Graduating Seniors Only

    Graduating Seniors, Master’s and Doctoral Students: Follow directional signage and use the dedicated, graduates-only entrance #21 located on the west/stadium side of the Kovalchick Complex for the Graduate Commencement Ceremony and for the Undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies.

    Restricted Access and Prohibited Items

    Please note: To minimize disruption and enhance security for all Commencement participants, persons who arrive after the ceremony has started may not be granted entrance to the Kovalchick Complex. Persons who leave the Kovalchick Complex during the event will not be granted reentry.

    Please be advised that the following items are strictly prohibited within the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, and all bags are subject to inspection:

    • Backpacks and large purses
    • Outside food and beverage
    • Pocket knives
    • Firearms, fireworks, or weapons of any type
    • Laser pointers
    • Signs/banners
    • Helium-filled balloons
    • Wrapped boxes/gifts
    • Professional cameras/equipment
    • Air horns/noise-making devices
    • Professional audio recording devices
    • Reserving seats for late arrivals
    • Use of tobacco products, smoking, or e-cigarettes within the building