Commencement 2023 Parking

Parking for the General Public

The following lots will be open to the public starting at 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 13. No parking permit will be required. Parking will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Banneker South – 2345 Sherman Ave. NW
  • East Towers – 2200 8th St. NW
  • Howard Center – 2235 8th St. NW
  • Drew – 511 Harvard St. NW
  • Georgia Ave. – 2704 Georgia Ave. NW

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodations 

Guests with ADA accommodation will be required to park at the Howard Center parking lot, across from the Howard University Book Store. Shuttles will be staged in front of the Howard University bookstore to transport guests to Georgia and Fairmont Street. Guests will be required to navigate from the drop-off location to the main yard. 

Commencement Shuttle Service

  • Complimentary shuttle service will be provided on Saturday, May 13, every 20-30 minutes from 6–8 a.m. and noon–2 p.m.
  • From 6–8 a.m., guests can be picked up from Shaw Howard Metro (R & 7th St. NW) and the Howard University Barnes and Noble Bookstore (2225 Georgia Ave NW) and dropped off at Georgia Avenue and Fairmont Street, NW.
  • From noon–to 2 p.m., shuttles will be located at Georgia Avenue and Fairmont Street, NW, to return guests to their parking origin.

Parking for Individual School Ceremonies

From Wednesday, May 10 through Friday, May 12, 2023, graduates and their guests may purchase a daily permit for $10 using the parking app Students with a valid HU parking permit must park in their assigned parking lot. Please be reminded that parking rules will be enforced. If you take the liberty to utilize metered parking along public streets, please adhere to the parking sign restrictions to avoid receiving a violation (i.e., parking ticket). Guests must park in allowable spaces and follow the rules on designated parking signs.

  • Banneker South – 2345 Sherman Ave. NW
  • East Towers  2200 8th St. NW
  • Howard Center – 2235 8th St. NW
  • Drew – 511 Harvard St. NW

Complimentary shuttle services will be available for individual school ceremonies. To locate the nearest shuttle stop in real time, please utilize the ride systems app (available in both Google Play and Apple App Store).

Directions for downloading “Ride Systems” app (iOS and Android Users)

  1. Download “Ride Systems” app from the app store
  2. “Select Transit Agency” screen will appear
  3. Select Howard University
  4. Select the closest route to your location

Should you have questions regarding parking at Commencement, please email<