Parking, Maps & Diagrams

Getting on and around campus.

We know that parking around campus is difficult, even at the best of times. Considering the number of people who will be on campus for Commencement, plus the number of tourists who usually visit Williamsburg in May, traffic is likely to be heavy. We strongly recommend that you allow extra time for driving and parking throughout the weekend, and that you walk as much as possible.

General Parking

Starting on the Friday of Commencement Weekend, visiting guests and family members may park in any space on campus marked Faculty/Staff, Resident Student or Day Student.

No parking is permitted at any time in the following areas:

  • Fire lanes
  • No Parking Zones
  • Jones Hall lot (small Faculty/Staff lot behind Jones Hall)
  • Handicapped spaces (without proper permits)
  • "Reserved For" spaces
  • Meters at the Muscarelle Museum
  • "Official Vehicle" or Service/Vendor spaces
  • Grass and sidewalks (unless directed by a parking officer)

Please remember that parking on off-campus streets (including Richmond Road) is controlled by the City of Williamsburg 7 days/week, 24 hours/day. City street parking is enforced via color-coded decals. Do not park on streets that require resident decals. Visitors should pay attention to all campus and city signs related to parking restrictions.

Handicapped Parking

Vehicles with any state-issued handicapped license plate or placard may park in handicapped spaces. These spaces are in various campus parking lots and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Refer to the handicapped parking map (pdf) to locate areas with accessible parking. The College-issued Vehicle Access Pass does not grant permission to park in handicapped spaces. (Learn more about available Disability Services and the Vehicle Access Pass.)

Road Closures

Compton Drive (off of Monticello) will be closed to vehicular traffic before the main Commencement ceremony so it may be used for emergency egress to and from William & Mary Hall. All vehicles attempting to enter campus will need to use an entry point from either Jamestown Road or Richmond Road.

The road around William & Mary Hall will be blocked off and made one-way at Commencement in order to allow drivers to drop off guests at the handicapped ramp at the back of the building.  Only cars bearing a College-issued Vehicle Access Pass will be permitted to access this road. (Learn more about available Disability Services and the Vehicle Access Pass.) 

The Walk Across Campus will block traffic on Ukrop Way beginning around 9:30 a.m.  Plan to arrive early to avoid delays. Once the lots around W&M Hall are full, cars will be directed to the parking deck on Ukrop Way, near Miller and Adair Halls (approximately a 10-minute walk from W&M Hall).

Bus Service

Due to the heavy traffic volume in and around campus during Commencement, the local bus service does not run its normal routes onto campus during Commencement Weekend. The bus service continues to run routes around town. For details of the routes, please visit the Williamsburg Area Transport website.