Things to know: Commencement and SEC Softball tournament

MU spring commencement ceremonies will coincide with the SEC Softball tournament Friday, May 11- Sunday, May 13.

Feb. 15, 2018

This year, University of Missouri spring commencement ceremonies will coincide with the SEC Softball tournament which Mizzou is hosting Friday, May 11- Sunday, May 13.

While there will be much to celebrate that weekend, the activities will bring an influx of visitors to the campus area creating traffic and parking congestion.

MUPD and university officials will be working to help all visitors have a safe and pleasant experience on campus. Officials recommend that all visitors, athletes and graduates give themselves plenty of time when traveling to campus (as much as an extra 15 minutes).

Commencement guests should arrive no earlier than 30 minutes before the commencement ceremony begins as several ceremonies are being held at the same locations throughout the weekend, and officials will need some time to help guests leave the parking area before spots will be available for the next ceremony.

Graduates should be at the location of their respective ceremonies 60 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Public parking available in lots J, K, O, M and P, with accessible parking available in lots K, O and the north M lot.

Public parking for commencement and the SEC softball tournament can be found in lots J, K, O, M, O and P. Lots are noted in green.


While the university has 65 Suites available for families for graduation weekend, we currently are sold out. If families of students wish to be added to the waiting list, they may go to this link and complete the form. The residential life spaces are not available for those attending the SEC Softball tournament.

Anyone with questions or wanting further information about residential hall spaces may contact us at 573-882-4440.

For more information on hotel room availability in Columbia please visit the Columbia Missouri Convention & Visitors Bureau:

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