Guest Information

PARKING
You do NOT need a parking permit to park on campus during graduation. Parking will be free for all graduates and guests.

Accessible Parking - Parking Lot # 1B
Accessible parking is available for disabled and elderly persons in Parking lot # 1B.  Please enter campus through Avery Parkway. Traffic officers at parking lot # 1A will provide directions to drivers needing accessible parking to parking lot # 1B.  All vehicles must have a DMV handicapped plate or placard.

Drop-Off Area - Parking lot # 1B and # 4
Disabled and elderly passengers may be dropped off in the turnout area of parking lot # 1B or parking lot # 4. Vehicles will then be directed to park in adjacent parking lots. For safety concerns, please do not drop off passengers in the middle of the road or curbside as this will increase traffic congestion.

SEATING
Tickets are not required for guests to attend the graduation ceremony. Please find a seat in any open space, leaving space in the front for those needing special accommodations.

Strollers and car seats are not allowed inside the gym as they take up too much room and become a hazard for other guests. Please plan ahead with this in mind.

ACCOMMODATED SEATING

Disability Seating Information:
If a member of your family cannot sit in the bleachers of the Saddleback Gymnasium, please see a Saddleback ambassador at the lobby doors for special seating accommodations.  Because space is limited, we can only allow one escort per disabled/elderly guest.  Please keep in mind, 10 minutes prior to the ceremony this area will open to the general public.  It is a good idea to arrive about an hour early, if possible, to allow for sufficient parking and walking time.

Student Seating:
Students with special needs will be seated in the first row. To arrange for special needs, please contact the Special Services Office at 949-582-4249.

Guest Disabled/Elderly Seating:
Accessible seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Because space is limited, we can only allow one escort per disabled/elderly guest.  Seating is the first row of the Saddleback Gymnasium bleachers.

Guest Wheelchair:
Accessible wheelchair/scooter- seating is on a first-come, first-serve basis. A Saddleback Ambassador will escort the person and one escort to the seating area on the basketball floor. Wheelchairs/scooters are not provided by the college.

Interpreters:
Sign language interpreters may be present at the 2015 Saddleback Commencement Ceremony if a request is made of the Special Services Office at 949-582-4915 at least a week prior to the ceremony to provide for time to obtain accommodations.  Guest needing an interpreter will be able to sit in a special section in the bleachers near the platform.  Please see a Saddleback ambassador at the lobby door for accessible seating. Because space is limited, we can only allow two escorts per guest.  Please keep in mind, 10 minutes prior to the ceremony this area will open to the general public.  It is a good idea to arrive about an hour early, if possible, to allow for sufficient parking and walking time.

STROLLER PARKING
Due to strict fire regulations, strollers may not be taken into the gymnasium.  Please see a Saddleback ambassador at the lobby doors for directions to stroller parking. 

TIMELINE
8-8:45 a.m.          Check-in: graduates begin arriving
8:50 a.m.             Must be in seats
9 a.m.                  Processional begins
11 a.m.                Commencement Ends (members of the audience will remain in their
                            places until the recessional is complete).
11 a.m.                 Reception (Meet up with Grad for pictures in the area adjacent to the
                             physical education complex, in between the pool area and the
                             gymnasium).
GIFTS
Graduation marks an important milestone in the lives of the students. Keeping this in mind, the bookstore has lots of Saddleback memorabilia for purchase to commemorate this big event.

FLOWERS
Flowers and leis will be available for purchase outside the gym. Money raised from the flower sales will go to fundraise for scholarships.

We will not have anyone selling in the parking lots so if you are approached, please kindly decline as they are not associated with Saddleback College.