Parking and Transportation

PNC Arena Parking

During December Graduation and Spring Commencement, there is no charge for parking at PNC Arena.

Please be advised that there may be a heavy flow of traffic the day of graduation into and out of PNC Arena, and you should plan travel time accordingly.

Graduates: Graduating students will enter the arena through the north side, loading dock entrance of the arena and are therefore encouraged to park in the North Lots.

Faculty and Commencement Staff: Faculty and staff will enter the arena through the north side, loading dock entrance of the arena and are therefore encouraged to park in the North Lots.

Guests and Attendees: Guests and attendees will enter the arena through the box office end (south entrance) of the arena, and should follow the parking attendants’ instructions when arriving.

Platform Party:  Members of the Platform Party will be permitted to park in the VIP parking bay near the box office entrance of the arena, closest to Carter-Finley Stadium. Details will be sent to the Platform Party prior to Commencement.

Designated accessible parking is available at PNC Arena for attendees with the appropriate state-issued placards. View the PNC Arena ADA Guide on the arena’s website at https://www.thepncarena.com/arena_info/ada_guide.

On-Campus Parking

Commencement is a cherished time of celebration on NC State’s campus. With so many visitors to campus during this time, parking and transportation are of special importance. NC State Transportation Services highly recommends planning ahead for your campus visit.

Parking for Commencement is on a first-come, first-served basis. As traffic volumes may be heavy, please allow additional travel time. Because of a limited amount of on-campus parking, visitors are encouraged to carpool or use public transportation to campus. GoRaleigh and GoTriangle are public transit resources connecting Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, and surrounding areas.

Attached are a list of departmental ceremonies and parking areas marked for those ceremonies. Although there is no charge for parking in the suggested areas, reserved spaces (clearly marked) are not open for visitor parking. Accessibility spaces are open in any parking lot or deck to those with the proper state issued placard. Parking staff will be stationed around campus to assist with directions and questions.

For questions and/or assistance in planning your visit, contact NC State Transportation at 919-515-3424.