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2018 Visitor Information

About the Ceremony

The 2018 ceremony will be held outdoors on Beckman Mall on the Caltech campus, just south of Beckman Auditorium, on Friday, June 15. The ceremony begins at 10:00 a.m. and lasts approximately two hours.

All are welcome to attend; no tickets or reservations are required. Reserved seating is held for the graduates, special guests, and those with accessibility needs.

The 2018 Information and Activities booklet (PDF) will be available here prior to Grad Fair in April.

Directions to Caltech

Directions to campus, including specific directions from regional airports, are available at

Customized door-to-door driving directions from


Parking is available in lots and structures throughout the campus. Please see the Commencement parking map for the locations. As a courtesy, the Caltech Parking Office will not be charging for guest parking on Thursday and Friday, June 14 and 15. Visitors may park in unreserved stalls.

In addition, the two-hour parking limit on surface streets surrounding campus will be lifted on the following streets on Friday:

    • Hill Avenue from California to Del Mar
    • Del Mar Boulevard from Hill Avenue to Catalina
    • Catalina Avenue from Del Mar to California
    • San Pasqual Street from Wilson to Mentor
    • Wilson Avenue from San Pasqual to California


Commencement Parking Map (PDF) will be available here shortly.

A variety of campus maps are available at

Accessibility Needs

Visit our Accessibility Needs page for detailed information on services available for Commencement visitors who may need special accommodations or assistance.


For your benefit, reduced Commencement rates have been negotiated at a variety of area hotels. Please see our Hotels page.


Pasadena is home to some of the finest restaurants in the Los Angeles are. Check out the Dining page for a selection of eateries on campus, near campus, and in the popular Old Pasadena area.

Visiting Pasadena

Pasadena has something for everyone! Check our Visiting Pasadena page for links to a variety of area resources.