Family and Guests

Family and guests are encouraged to join in the celebration of commencement day. Check out the information below to make sure you are in the right place at the right time. We don’t want you to miss a thing.


Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception: 1122 S Clinton St, Fort Wayne, IN 46803.
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum: 4000 Parnell Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46805.


Parking is free at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and $8 per vehicle (cash only) at the Coliseum.


Tickets are not required for entry at the coliseum.

Accessibility Seating

Family and guests will be greeted by ushers who will direct them to seating. Family or guests needing accessibility seating will be available. Please request information from an usher.

If you need assistance getting to your seat, please ask a USF representative at the entrance to the arena.

Doors Open

Cathedral doors open at 9:00 am, with Mass starting at 9:30 am. Coliseum doors open for commencement at 1:00 pm. The ceremony starts at 2:00 pm.

Elevators & Escalators

Escalators in the Coliseum are located in the main lobby as you enter the facility and can be used to reach the second floor. An elevator is also located in the main lobby. Guests will be able to take their seats through entrances located throughout the second and third floors.
Stairs are located throughout the facility.

Food and Beverages

No outside food or beverages are allowed in the Memorial Coliseum.

Emergencies and Evacuation Procedures

In the event of a medical emergency or evacuation, please see a member of the event staff, usher or law enforcement official.

Prohibited Items

The following items are not permitted:

  • Animals (other than those used as a service animal)
  • Bags (larger than 14″ x 14″)
  • Laser pointers
  • Whistles or Noisemakers
  • Weapons of any kind

If you are unsure about whether or not you can bring any other belongings inside, please contact the Memorial Coliseum and they will be able to assist you.

Smoking Policy

There is no smoking permitted inside both the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the Memorial Coliseum, as well as within 20 feet of any outside entrance to the buildings. This includes all e-cigarettes.