Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Information for Guests


Getting Here

View directions to Royce Hall.

Public Transportation Options

Cueing and Auditorium Seating

Doors will open at 2:00 pm for general admission seating in Royce Hall.  Prior to this Royce Hall staff will instruct guests to form lines outside the building for orchestra and balcony seating.  It it’s a clear sunny day, it will likely be hot.  Please plan to wear sunscreen, a hat and/or bring an umbrella.

Saving seats inside the auditorium is prohibited, so please make sure your entire party has arrived before entering Royce Hall to be seated.  Please allow time to accommodate for heavier traffic leading to the UCLA campus.


Items such as baby strollers, tripods, backpacks, balloons, etc, are not permitted in the auditorium of Royce Hall. They will need to be checked-in by guests/family members before entering the auditorium to be seated. The check-in counter is located on the West side of the main lobby of Royce Hall and opens at 2:00 pm.


UCLA Transportation uses the Bruin ePermit System where your license plate is your permit.

The Bruin ePermit system works similar to a supermarket scanner with your license plate functioning as the barcode. When read, the numbers of your plate are automatically referenced against the parking database to verify a valid permit for the lot location.

Students and guests attending 2024 Commencement ceremonies are able to purchase a parking permit online, anonymously, and in advance through the Bruin ePermit Event Parking portal beginning on May 1st.

To avoid long lines at the self-service pay stations on campus, it is recommended to purchase your parking permit in advance of attending the Commencement ceremonies.

  • General parking will be available in Parking Structures 4 and 5
  • Each permit will only be valid for one vehicle on the date selected
  • Guest account is not required
  • Depending on space availability you may be redirected to park in an alternative parking location, no additional parking permit will be required
  • Parking permits are non-refundable & non-transferrable

View the parking map and instructions for obtaining a parking permit.

Day of parking will also be available at our various visitor parking locations using the self-service Pay Station machines or ParkMobile. If utilizing Parkmobile you can use Parkmobile Zone 2590.

Accessible parking is available across campus and guests displaying valid DP parking placards or license plates who have purchased a Commencement permit may park in any legal parking stall with the exception of Passenger Loading (white curb) and Commercial Loading (yellow curb) spaces.

If you have questions, please contact us at or (310) 794-7433. For more information regarding the Graduate Celebration please visit the UCLA Commencement 2024 FAQs.


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