Commencement: Guest Information

A graduate taking a selfie with a guest

USA commencements are held at the USA Mitchell Center.  

▼   Directions to the Mitchell Center

Map Mitchell Center


USA Mitchell Center5950 Old Shell Road, Mobile, AL 36695


  • South on I-65 to Moffett Road exit (Hwy. 98)
  • Turn left on service road to Moffett Road
  • Turn right on Moffett Road
  • Moffett Rd to University Blvd
  • Turn left on University Blvd
  • University Blvd to USA Campus


  • West on I-10 to I-65 North
  • I-65 North to Airport Blvd exit (exit 3)
  • Turn left on Airport Blvd
  • Airport Blvd to University Blvd
  • Turn right on University Blvd
  • University Blvd to USA Campus


  • East on I-10 to the Schillinger Road (Greyhound Dog Track exit)
  • Schillinger Road to Airport Blvd
  • Turn right on Airport Blvd
  • Airport Blvd to University Blvd
  • Turn left on University Blvd
  • University Blvd to USA Campus
▼   Parking

Parking signs will be posted throughout campus. The JagTran shuttle will be available for guests who park in the designated areas. The pickup and drop-off points for the shuttle service are:

  • Lots 503A & 503B - University Commons
  • Lot 303 - Gamma Residence Hall parking lot
  • Lot 607 - Humanities Building parking lot
  • Lot 602 - Administration parking lot
  • Lot 605 - The parking lot east of the Computer Services Center

The shuttle service will run from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Friday, December 15.

Parking Map


▼   Ceremony Etiquette

The Mitchell Center's clear bag entry policy will be enforced for graduates and guests. Smoking/vaping and drinking of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in the Mitchell Center. Balloons, glitter, silly string, noise makers, etc. are not allowed in the Mitchell Center. All cell phones must be turned off during the ceremony. The ceremony staff may conduct bag checks/security checkpoints at public entrances to eliminate air horns and secure against firearms. Please do not bring these items to the ceremony. It is important that each candidate receive recognition so be mindful that excessive and prolonged cheering and applause can drown out the name and the moment for the next candidate. Please be considerate.

▼   Hotel Information

There are several hotels near the University of South Alabama including:

  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites Mobile - University Area
    • 109 Long St, Mobile, AL 36608
  • Hampton Inn & Suites Mobile Providence Park/Airport
    • 525 Providence Park Dr E, Mobile, AL 36695
  • Homewood Suites by Hilton Mobile Airport-University Area
    • 530 Providence Park Dr E, Mobile, AL 36695

or you can download the "Hotels near USA" document to see a location map and get hotel information.

The Mitchell Center is now a participant with the Waze Global Event Program. Through this program, Waze will assist you with traffic navigation information on days that events are held at the Mitchell Center. You will be able to see where the heaviest traffic patterns are when approaching the area and determine the best route to take to efficiently access campus. It's interactive too! If you download the app, you will be able to communicate your driving status with all other users of the app. If there is rain, sleet or can help all others know where to go. If you are looking for a specific parking lot it's only a touch away. If a road is closed or redirected in a single direction the app will let you know. If you park in the last parking space available, just touch your screen and let all others know. It's just that easy. To download the app visit your Google Play Store or the App Store on your I-device. If you want to take a look on your laptop or desktop just type in

Commencement Video / Photographs / Flowers

Revised 12/06/2023