While our goal is to keep traffic moving and parking disruptions to a minimum, WashU hosts a range of events throughout the academic year that can increase vehicle volume on the Danforth Campus. We will list events we’re aware of on this page so you can plan ahead or consider one of our many smart commute options.


Thursday, May 19: Spring Commencement

While there will not be any changes to university shuttles or Metro bus routes, the entire area of Zone 2 north of Forsyth and levels 3 and 4 will be utilized for guest parking. As a result, the following permit holders are being asked to park in the areas outlined below:

Zone 2

  • Faculty/staff permit holders (Red, Yellow, Bearly Drivers and OPP): Park in Lot 47 (the lot to the north of the Music Library), Lot 50 (the lot north of the Alumni House), or the Wallace Garage, which is located on the South40. Parking for Zone 2 is indicated by         on the map below.
  • Accessible Parking: Permit holders with a fully-displayed, state-issued accessible placard or license plate may park in the DUC Garage. Access will only be available via Forsyth and Olympian Way.

Zone 3

  • Permit Holders parking in Snow Way Garage must utilize the lower level, level 1 and level 2.

Zone 4

  • Faculty/Staff Permit Holders (Red, Yellow, Bearly Drivers, and OPP): Park in Shepley Garage only, which is located on the South40. Please note that Faculty Fellows/RCDs may park in their reserved spaces. Parking for Zone 4 indicated by on the map.

Friday, May 20: Spring Commencement

On Friday, May 20, the East End Garage will be used in conjunction with Millbrook Garage and the entire area of Zone 2 north of Forsyth for guests. Below are maps outlining parking and traffic flow details for guests attending May Commencement, followed by specific parking details for WashU permit holders by zone.

North Core Traffic Flow:
South Core Traffic Flow:

Commencement Attendees & Guests

Accessible parking

  • Commencement guests with accessible needs and a state issued accessible placard/license plate will be allowed to park in the Danforth University Center Garage. The accessible drop-off area and parking can be accessed via Forsyth and Olympian Way only.

Parking for Commencement Volunteers

  • Parking for Commencement Volunteers will be available on the lowest level of the DUC Garage. The volunteer parking area can be accessed via Forsyth and Olympian Way only. All volunteers must display their “Commencement Volunteer” placard when parking in the volunteer designated area.

Shuttles

  • Dedicated Commencement shuttles will be circulating throughout campus.

Metro buses

  • Metro bus routes will not be altered.

Hotel Shuttle, Uber, Lyft and Taxi Traffic

  • Three areas on the south core of campus have been designated for hotel shuttle, Uber, Lyft and taxi traffic. 
    • Lot 35 (the surface lot south of Simon Hall), which can be accessed via Forsyth and Olympian Way.
    • Drop-off/Pick-up zone south of Mallinckrodt directly across from the bus plaza, which can be accessed via Forsyth and northbound Wallace.
    • Lot 13 (the northside of Forsyth on-street parking), which can be accessed by westbound Forsyth traffic.

Faculty and Staff Permit Holders

Accessible parking

  • Specific directions are provided under the zone-specified parking directions.

Shuttles

  • No neighborhood shuttles on May 20 until 3 p.m.  (Campus Circulator, DeBaliviere Place, Delmar Loop, Lewis Collaborative, Skinker-DeBaliviere, South Campus)
  • Zone 2 and 4 permit holders will also be able to ride a shuttle (6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.) from the South40, located just south of the Wallace Garage, to the bus plaza Mallinckrodt Center.
  • Dedicated Commencement shuttles will be circulating throughout campus on a continuous loop from 6:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.:
    • Millbrook Garage – servicing Millbrook garage, East End garage, Commencement drop-off area at Simon Hall. Shuttle stops are along Throop Drive as visitors exit the garage, as well as inside the East End garage on P1 and at the entrance to Simon Hall.
    • Wallace Garage – servicing Wallace garage, Commencement drop-off area at Simon Hall and Mallinckrodt bus plaza. Shuttle stop signs are outside the entrance to Wallace garage and at the entrance to Simon Hall.
    • West Campus – Running its normal route, this shuttle services West Campus garage, Mallinckrodt bus plaza and Goldfarb Hall.
  • University shuttle service will resume at 3 p.m. on break schedules.

Metro buses

  • Metro bus routes will not be altered.

Zone 1

  • Faculty/Staff permit Holders (Red, Yellow, Bearly Drivers, and OPP): Park in the West Campus Garage, which is accessible via Forsyth and Lee Avenue. Parking for Zone 1 is indicated by on the map. The West Campus Shuttle stop is located and Forsyth and Jackson and is indicated by on the map.
  • Accessible Parking: Zone 1 permit holders with accessible needs that display a valid state issued accessible placard/license plate will be allowed to park in the East End Garage. The East End Garage will be accessible via Forsyth and Wrighton Way.

Zone 2

  • Faculty/Staff Permit Holders (Red, Yellow, Bearly Drivers, and OPP): Park in Lot 47 (lot to the north of the Music Library), Lot 50 (lot north of the Alumni House) and the Wallace Garage, which is located on the South40). (Parking for Zone 2 is indicated by on the map. The shuttle stop location is indicated by on the map.
  • Accessible Parking: Zone 2 permit holders with accessible needs that display a valid state issued accessible placard/license plate will be allowed to park in the DUC Garage. The DUC Garage will be accessible via Forsyth and Olympian Way.

Zone 3

  • Faculty/Staff Permit Holders (Red, Yellow, Bearly Drivers, and OPP): Park in Lot 26 (the lot north of The Village off of Forest Park Parkway), Lot 28 (the lot north the Athletic Complex) or levels 1, 2 and 3 of Snow Way Garage, which is accessible via Big Bend/Snow Way or Throop. Parking for Zone 3 indicated by on the map.
  • Accessible Parking: Zone 3 permit holders with accessible needs that display a valid state issued accessible placard/license plate will be allowed to park in the Snow Way or Millbrook Garage.

Zone 4

  • Faculty/Staff Permit Holders (Red, Yellow, Bearly Drivers, and OPP): Park in Shepley Garage only (on the South40), which is accessible via Big Bend and Shepley Drive. **Faculty Fellows/RCDs may park in their reserved spaces. Parking for Zone 4 indicated by  on the map.
  • Accessible Parking: Zone 4 permit holders with accessible needs that display a valid state issued accessible placard/license plate should park on the east side of the Shepley Garage roof and utilize the elevator in Gregg.

Zone 5

  • Faculty/Staff Permit Holders (Red, Yellow, Bearly Drivers, and OPP) should anticipate a larger volume of parkers in the West Campus Garage.

Parking and Transportation Services appreciates your cooperation and would like to thank you in helping us welcome our guests to campus. More information about May Commencement.