Parking and Transportation


To Viejas Arena: Because some ceremonies may fill the arena to its capacity of 12,000, we suggest several alternate approaches and making use of various parking areas.

Please allow at least 20 minutes to walk to the arena from any parking area east of College Avenue.

From east of College Avenue:  Take I-8 west to College Avenue, then proceed south on College Avenue. At the first intersection of College/Alvarado Road, turn right onto Canyon Crest Drive, then west to Parking Structure 12. 

From south of Montezuma Road:  Take Route 94 or another east/west route to College Avenue north, then left on Montezuma Road, then right on 55th Street to Parking Structure 7.

From west of College Avenue:  Take I-8 to College Avenue south, then right on Canyon Crest Drive to Parking Structure 12.

Alternate Route:  Take I-8 to Fairmount Avenue, east on Montezuma Road to 55th Street, then left on 55th Street to Parking Structure 7.


SDSU will provide courtesy parking for you and your guests during commencement ceremonies. Please consult the campus map to locate parking areas.

Please do not park in residential neighborhoods. We suggest carpooling with family members and arriving early that you arrive early (remember to note which lot you are in before leaving your car).

Disabled Parking

For information about disabled parking, please visit Disability Access.

Campus Shuttle Service

Limited courtesy shuttle service will be available from parking areas on the east side of campus to Viejas Arena. Because the number of shuttles will be limited, we urge you to walk to the ceremonies if possible and to reserve the shuttles for those who may have difficulty with a 10-15 minute uphill walk.

Shuttle service will start one hour before each ceremony and will run every 15-20 minutes from the shuttle sites below:

Stop 1 – Lot 15
Stop 2 – Lot 16
Stop 3 – Lots 2 and 2B
Stop 4 – Lot 4A
Stop 5 – Lot 6B
Stop 6 – Viejas Arena

Please consult the campus map to locate shuttle sites. 


Students and families should consider taking the trolley to SDSU on commencement day to avoid any last-minute travel delays. Families visiting our beautiful city will be able to commute to SDSU and to other attractions in San Diego by trolley.  For more information, please visit the MTS website.