Parent and Guest Information

We are pleased to welcome our graduates’ families and guests to campus in May for the Spring Commencement. We have enjoyed watching the students grow and learn over the years and are excited to honor their accomplishments with you at this ceremony!


This traditional service will be held at Neu Chapel at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Neu Chapel is located on UE’s Campus along Rotherwood Drive. Seating for parents and guests is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please see the Baccalaureate Service section for more information.


The Spring Commencement is held indoors at The Ford Center in downtown Evansville on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. (students need to arrive by 12:45 p.m.). Doors to the stadium will not open until 12:15 p.m., so please plan accordingly. Ford Center security will search any bags brought into the arena. Please be sure to leave all knives, guns, and outside food and beverages at home or in your vehicle. We expect the ceremony to last between 2 and 2 ½ hours.


The Ford Center is located at 1 S.E. Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

  • Behind the Civic Center Complex across from The Ford Center (free).
  • On-street parking is located throughout downtown (free).
  • City-owned parking garages are on Locust St., Third St., and Sycamore St. (fee charged – credit/debit only).
  • Handicap parking is available adjacent to the stadium.
  • Please visit The Ford Center website for more details.


  • There is no limit to the number of guests who may attend the ceremony (no tickets).
  • Seating is on a first come, first served basis. The stadium doors will open at 12:15 pm.
  • Some seating is reserved for faculty, graduates, and governing boards.
  • A sign language interpreter will be present for the hearing impaired in sections 107 and 108 of The Ford Center.
  • A drink concessions stand will be open for your convenience.

After the Ceremony

  • Students will be led to the second floor concourse level outside sections 110 and 111 where they will say final good-byes to the faculty.
  • You may join your student or feel free to wait in the main lobby for their return.

Evansville Restaurants

Evansville boasts hundreds of restaurants, several of which are just a short distance from The Ford Center. Please check out Visit Evansville for a comprehensive list. Call ahead for reserved seating!

Hotel Accommodations

  • The University has a limited number of guest rooms available on a first come, first served basis. These rooms reserve quickly for this weekend, so be sure to call Residence Life at 812-488-2956 as soon as possible.
  • If you would prefer hotel accommodations, there are several area hotels available. Be sure to ask if they offer a UE family discount when you call for a reservation.

Can’t Attend?

The University of Evansville is happy to provide a live stream of Spring Commencement. Please see the Live Stream and Video Archive.

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Event Location:
The Ford Center