Please note that the commencement ceremony at Old Dominion University will have an impact on the surrounding community.
Dining and Shopping
Merchants and residents should be aware that many families choose to dine directly before or after the commencement ceremony. Larger crowds should be expected in restaurants and stores, particularly those along Hampton Boulevard and in the University Village.
Norfolk Police will stop all traffic on Hampton Boulevard between 49th Street and 43rd Street approximately 10 minutes before the official start time of the ceremony. This is to allow the processional to safely cross from Webb University Center to the Chartway Arena. This traffic stop should last approximately 10 minutes.
Old Dominion University police will stop all traffic on 49th Street between lot 5 (Koch Hall) and Bluestone Avenue approximatey 15 minutes before the official start time of the ceremony. This is to allow the processional to safely exit Parking Garage "E."
You may wish to use Colley Avenue/Jamestown Crescent as an alternate route.
Traffic around campus and the Chartway Arena will be congested for an hour leading up to and an hour after the ceremony. You may wish to use Colley Avenue/Jamestown Crescent as an alternate route.
Anyone is welcome to attend the commencement ceremony, provided he/she has a ticket. All children over the age of 3 requires a ticket. Tickets are only distributed to qualifying graduating students. Please do not call Commencement Central to request tickets. We are unable to fulfill any such ticket requests