Arriving to Campus

The University of St. Thomas St. Paul campus is located at 2115 Summit Ave. St. Paul, MN 55105. 

For directions to campus check out Campus Maps.

Metro Transit

The campus is served by three Metro Transit bus lines, 21, 63, and 87. Both the 63 and 87 lines connect to the Green Line. For further information on using Metro Transit or its schedule to commencement, check out Metro Transit Planner. 

Driving Directions

First, plan ahead by checking weekend road construction that may impact travel time and routes to the University of St. Thomas. Please reference the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDoT) website for construction projects across the Twin Cities Metro area.  

Second, plan ahead by limiting the cars coming to campus. This may mean carpooling, coordinating schedules, or meeting at another location and coming together.

Third, plan ahead by checking the location of the parking locations on campus before leaving and bring a copy with you to refer. 

  • Coming east on I-94, exit at Cretin Avenue.
  • Go right (south) on Cretin Avenue about 1 mile to Grand Avenue.
  • Take a right at the Grand Avenue stoplight.
  • The Anderson Parking Facility will be on your left.
  • Coming west on I-94, exit at Cretin Avenue.
  • Go left (south) on Cretin Avenue about 1 mile to Grand Avenue.
  • Take a right at the Grand Avenue stoplight.
  • The Anderson Parking Facility will be on your left.
  • When I-35 S splits into 35E and 35W, follow 35E.
  • Take 35E south to I-94 and go west.
  • Go left (south) on Cretin Avenue about 1 mile to Grand Avenue.
  • Take a right at the Grand Avenue stoplight.
  • The Anderson Parking Facility will be on your left.
  • When I-35 N splits into 35E and 35W, follow 35E.
  • Take 35E north to the Randolph Ave exit.
  • Take a left on Randolph Ave (you will cross over 35E) and follow Randolph for 2 miles to Cretin Ave.
  • Take a right (north) on Cretin Avenue and go 1.5 miles to Grand Avenue.
  • Take a left at the Grand Avenue stoplight.
  • The Anderson Parking Facility will be on your left.

 

Parking

First, plan ahead by checking weekend road construction that may impact travel time and routes to the University of St. Thomas. Please reference the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MNDoT) website for construction projects across the Twin Cities Metro area.  

Second, plan ahead by limiting the cars coming to campus. This may mean carpooling, coordinating schedules, or meeting at another location and coming together.

Third, plan ahead by checking the location of the parking locations on campus before leaving and bring a copy with you to refer.

Available Parking Options 

For complimentary parking, there are three great options between our Parking Ramps and Surface Lots (with Red or Yellow Signs) to consider:

If you use your smart phone for directions to 2115 Summit Ave. St. Paul, you will directed to Summit Avenue and Finn Street North.

Note: Please use on-campus parking and do not park in the surrounding neighborhood. There is restricted parking surrounding campus including city parking permit zones or limited timed parking. Out of respect for our neighbors and to avoid a citation by the St. Paul Police Department please park on campus. 

Accessible Parking

Lot M is reserved for guests with state issued handicapped permits. This parking will be on a first come first serve basis. There will be an accessibility-equipped shuttle that will take the guests from this lot to a drop off location near the stadium. The shuttle will return to Lot M after commencement is over. Shuttle will begin running 60 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony and will last for 30 minutes after the processional. Following the completion of each ceremony, the shuttle will run for 60 minutes.  

Drop-Off Location

Guests who need to be close to the stadium may be dropped off in the Anderson Student Center turnaround on the west side of the building. Enter from Cretin Ave. north bound just north of Summit Avenue. For safety reasons, there is no drop-off or pick-up along Summit Avenue or Cretin Avenue North will not be permitted.  

 

Seating

Before arriving, please review the list of prohibited items that cannot be brought into the stadium or field house, including strollers, umbrellas, and more. 

Where can family and guests sit for Commencement?
Seating is available for commencement ceremonies on the field and in the bleachers of the O'Shaughnessy Stadium. In the event that there are severe or dangerous weather conditions, the ceremony will be moved inside. While there are no tickets needed for our outdoor ceremony, tickets will be required if the Severe Weather Plan is enacted. Please review the Severe Weather Plan.  

Do I need tickets? No tickets are required when the ceremony is held outdoors. Tickets will be required if the Severe Weather Plan goes into effect due to the limited capacity of our indoor location. 

When do the doors open? The doors to the field house will open at 8:30 a.m. for undergraduate commencement and 4:30 p.m. for graduate commencement.  

When do I need to be seated? All guests must be seated 15 minutes prior to the start of commencement ceremony. Reserving seats for family members in the field house is not permitted. 

What if I am running late? Once the procession begins, guests will be asked to clear the hallways and to remain in the rear of the venue until the graduates are seated. Please arrive when the doors open to avoid having to stand during the procession. Fifteen minutes prior to the start of the procession, ushers may fill in any empty seats with admitted guests who are in need of a seat.

 

Accessible seating

Guests may ask an usher to remove a chair at the end of a row so they can sit with family and friends throughout the stadium. 

Wheelchair & Scooter Rental

Because of the layout of the campus and the distances from the parking locations to the ceremony site and in order to have an enjoyable event, some have found a  wheelchair or scooter of great assistance Guests in need of mobility equipment may contact the following two local business who are willing to assist with these requests. Rental arrangements are made on an individual basis with these companies prior to the day of commencement and are on a first come first serve basis.