Planning for Families & Guests.

 

Planning for Families & Guests

Parking

We look forward to welcoming you to campus, but know that on Commencement day, traffic on N.J. Route 124 through Madison, Morristown and Chatham will be heavy, especially in inclement weather. Consider carpooling to reduce traffic congestion. Please note that traffic and parking will be directed by public safety officers.

Due to the inclement weather, parking will be offsite at Giralda Farms, which is located 1/4 mile west of the Drew University campus.

  • Signs will direct you to Giralda Farms from both directions on Madison Avenue.
  • Once you enter Giralda Farms via the Madison Avenue entrance, signs will direct you to the parking site.
  • Buses will leave the parking area at Giralda Farms as they fill and will return approximately every 15 minutes or less.
  • Attendants at the bus pick-up area, as well as on the buses, will be available to answer any questions and to assist in any way possible.
  • Buses will be available for return to the parking area at Giralda Farms from the Forum circle on the Drew University campus.
  • Buses will be available throughout the ceremony to return to the parking area at Giralda Farms.
  • Pick-up at Giralda Farms will begin at 7:15 a.m.; the last bus will leave the Forum circle at Drew for return to the parking area at Giralda Farms at 3 p.m.

Please note that no buses will be permitted to enter campus on commencement day.

Handicap & Special Needs Parking

Reserved parking on campus will be available in the main lot for those needing handicap accessibility. Individuals requiring special needs parking should call the Conference and Events office at 973-408-3103 in advance of your visit to campus—by noon on Friday, May 12—to arrange these accommodations. Please inform a Drew public safety officer of your need for handicap parking as you enter campus, and you will be directed accordingly.

Faculty & Staff Parking

On Commencement day, Drew faculty and staff are asked to park in the lots surrounding the Academic Village, Sitterly House, Alumni House, Madison House and available spots on Vinal Place.

Gate Access to Drew University

On Saturday, May 13, all public access to campus will be through the Lancaster Gate at Madison Avenue and Lancaster Road. View the map and get directions to campus. Lancaster Gate is open 24 hours, and the gatehouse will be staffed to direct guests. Drew community members with faculty/staff and student parking permits may access campus via the Glenwild Gate at the back of campus. Public Safety representatives will be monitoring entry to campus at that location. Both the Bowne Memorial Gate and the Church Gate (closest to town) will be closed on Commencement day.

Commencement Seating

This year’s commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017, in the Simon Forum and Athletic Center. The seating area opens at 9 a.m. The ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. and is expected to conclude at approximately 1 p.m.

Tickets are not required for either the ceremony but seating will be on a first-come first-served basis. Overflow seating with a live video feed of the ceremony will be available in the Ehinger Center and LC 28. Please see the campus map for directions to these locations.

Special Needs Seating Area

Individuals requiring special needs seating should call the Conference and Events office at 973-408-3103 in advance of your visit to campus—by noon on Friday, May 12—to arrange these accommodations. Please inform a Drew public safety officer of your need for handicap parking as you enter campus, and you will be directed accordingly. Ushers will be on hand to help those needing assistance and access to the special needs seating area.

Refreshments

Complimentary coffee and water will be available before and during the ceremony. Breakfast items will be available for purchase at the Ehinger Center. The locations of the EC, beverage tents and area receptions are listed in the Commencement program. At the conclusion of the Commencement ceremony, light refreshment will be available at the following locations:

Caspersen School of Graduate Studies  Ehinger Center
College of Liberal Arts  The Commons
Theological School Seminary Hall

Restrooms

Restrooms are available in the following buildings: Seminary Hall, Pepin Service Center, Ehinger Center, Rose Library, Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, the Commons and the Simon Forum. Specific locations can be found in your commencement program.

Lost and Found

Lost and found on Commencement day is located at Pepin Service Center’s front desk.

In the Event of Inclement Weather

We’ve been carefully monitoring the weather forecast for Commencement weekend. Rain is predicted to begin Friday evening and Saturday’s forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain, coupled with unseasonably low temperatures and wind. For the safety and comfort of our community members and the many guests we will welcome to campus, our 2017 Commencement ceremony will be held in Simon Forum.