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Commencement / Graduation Parking

During commencement exercises free parking available for all graduates and their guests in student parking areas.

  • G-10 Garage located next to Thompson Boling Arena (enter off Neyland Dr or Phillip Fulmer Way)
  • G-5 top level of garage near Andy Holt Tower across the ramp from Thompson-Boling Arena
  • Accessible parking spaces are available in the G-10 Garage and in many other UT parking lots for visitors with a state-issued accessible parking placard (tag) or plate. Ample accessible parking is available in the G-10 Garage, along with elevators and a bridge connecting the garage to the arena concourse.

Parking is prohibited in Staff (S) parking areas.



We recommend: G-10 Parking Garage has ample accessible parking is available, along with elevators and a bridge connecting the garage to the arena concourse.

Accessible drop-off on Phillip Fulmer Way (look for this sign)

Additional accessible parking spaces are available in the surface lots around Thompson-Boling arena.

Clear Bag policy in effect

The arena’s large-event security protocol will be enforced at both ceremonies. Guests may enter the arena with one clear plastic bag no larger than 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.

The only other items ALLOWED in the arena are:

  • Small clutch purses no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches
  • Mobile phones
  • Binoculars, cameras, and video cameras (without cases)
  • Diapers and non-medically necessary items for babies and young children (must be carried in a clear bag)
  • Medically necessary items that must be carried in a specific bag, sized proportionately to its contents.
  • Umbrella strollers

The following items are PROHIBITED inside the arena:

  • Non-clear bags of any size
  • Diaper bags
  • Backpacks (of any size)
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Cans, bottles, coolers
  • Outside food, snacks, beverages
  • Open umbrellas
  • Selfie sticks
  • Unmanned aircraft
  • Large bags or parcels, including backpacks and purses
  • Weapons, including pocket knives
  • Hoverboards
  • Segways
  • Artificial noisemakers
  • Large travel strollers

Smoking, including e-cigarettes, is prohibited inside the arena at all times.

For more information on the security policy, contact the Thompson-Boling Arena management office at 865-974-0953.