University prepped for fall commencement

Submitted.A map of the Sam Houston State University campus with graduation specific parking and closures.

Graduation is back at Sam Houston State University and torrential rain and traffic may put a damper on the celebrations.

The fall commencement ceremonies will be taking place today and Saturday in the Johnson Coliseum, where 1,850 degrees are estimated to be awarded. The notoriety is expected to increase local traffic.

“We will have signage and law enforcement officers at key intersections to direct visitors to the appropriate parking,” said David Yebra, the Director of Emergency Management and facilitator at SHSU.

Russell Molina will provide the commencement address for the College of Business Administration at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, while Texas State Representative Ernest Bailes will address graduates from the College of Health Science and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences at 2:30 p.m. Rand Henderson will be the commencement speaker for the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Saturday, while Jim Prewitt will talk to the College of Science and Engineering Technology along with the College of Education later that day.

“We expect the normal increase in traffic as we do with each ceremony based on expected number of graduates,” Yebra added.

SHSU suggests that in the event of bad weather that all graduating candidates go directly to the ground floor of the Bernard G. Johnson Coliseum upon arrival.

Marshals will be available on the ground floor to direct graduation candidates to their appropriate seat. Students heading to the ground floor should enter through gates 24-28 and find the nearby stairs that lead down.

For those unfamiliar with the campus, there are several large parking areas are located near the Coliseum with easy access from Avenue H. Two parking areas are reserved for guests with impairment. The first area, located east of the Coliseum at the intersection of Avenue H and Bowers Boulevard, is designated specifically for guests in wheelchairs or those with a mobility impairment.

The second area, located in the Teacher Education Center parking lot and the south end of the Newton Gresham Library parking lot, is designated for all other guests with disabilities. Guests are directed to the appropriate parking areas by university police officers and blue street signs with the international disability symbol. Parking will be available to all guests attending Commencement. University Police officers will be directing traffic into and out of open lots. Lot E10 and part of lot 12 will be exclusive to those who are mobility impaired.

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