Security Measures at the Baltimore Arena
The Baltimore Arena has security procedures that will affect graduates and their guests. Please review the information below:
• All bags and purses will be searched upon entering the Arena.
• Large parcels will not be allowed into the Arena. This is defined as anything larger than one cubic foot. Please do not bring wrapped gifts into the Arena. They will be opened and examined.
• No balloons are allowed in the Arena.
• Re-entry to the Arena will not be permitted.
• Food and drinks may not be brought into the Arena.
Directions to the Baltimore Arena
For driving directions to the Baltimore Arena please visit their website
Participants are strongly encouraged to use the Metro subway, the Light Rail system or to carpool.
Parking is available in the Baltimore Arena parking garage (enter on Howard Street) or at any of the surrounding parking lots and garages. Parking prices for the day will vary according to each individual lot and garage. Keep in mind that traffic and parking will be very congested and may require you to park several blocks away from the Arena. Please allow time to locate parking and to walk to the Arena.
Food and Beverages
Food and beverages will not be available at the Baltimore Arena. Graduates and guests should eat before they come to Commencement as they will not be able to bring food or drinks into the Arena.
Doors to the Arena will open at 11:30 a.m. Family members and guests will be admitted through the main entrances at the corner of Baltimore Street and Hopkins Place and at Howard Street, or through the second floor entrance from the Arena parking garage.
Tickets for Your Guests
Tickets for spring Commencement are not required.
Special Accommodations Seating for Guests
Seating for guests who need special accommodations due to hearing impairment, wheelchair use or mobility limitations is available for the ceremony. Guests with special accommodation needs should follow the signs for the special accommodations seating check-in area located directly at the main entrances.
An usher will escort those who need special accommodations seating to the appropriate seating area. Because special seating is limited, only one family member may accompany the guest with a disability into the special seating area. Additional guests will be directed to sit in the general seating area. Handicapped parking spaces are available in the Arena’s garage. (The Hopkins Place entrance is the best drop-off point for the mobility impaired.)
Please Note: The Arena is a large facility and a considerable distance must be traveled to get to all of the seats. Guests for whom walking distances is difficult are strongly encouraged to rent a wheelchair for the day. Wheelchairs will not be available at the Arena. Please consult the “medical equipment and supplies” listings in the Yellow Pages.