Essential Event Information

Opening and Seating

Please plan to arrive early and give yourself ample time for parking and security checks. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. Attendees must be in their seat by 1:45 p.m. Doors will close at 1:55 p.m. out of respect to His Holiness, who will begin promptly at 2 p.m. There will be no admittance to William & Mary Hall after 1:55 p.m.


Limited public parking will be available near William & Mary Hall for the event. This parking is expected to fill up early. Members of the campus community have been strongly encouraged to walk to the venue, if possible, which will help alleviate traffic congestion near William & Mary Hall.

Public parking will also be available at two off site lots – the High Street parking garage and the Dillard Complex. Shuttles at both those locations will transport ticket holders to and from William & Mary Hall beginning at 11 a.m. on October 10. Attendants will be available at these lots to provide assistance.

The School of Education will also be available as an alternative parking lot; however, no shuttles will be provided and attendees should allow time to walk from the School of Education lot to William & Mary Hall via the pathway through the College Woods.

Handicapped parking for those with a state-issued credential will be available adjacent to William & Mary Hall on Brooks Street.

Please call Parking Services at (757) 221-4764 with any questions prior to the day of the event. View more information about parking and directions (pdf). (Note: The areas shaded in green on the linked map are available for public parking.)

Prohibited Items

There are a number of items not permitted in William & Mary Hall for security reasons. For example, no backpacks or recording devices will be permitted.

View the complete list of prohibited items.

Ticket Sales

All William & Mary tickets are non-transferable. The sale or attempt to sell tickets by anyone other than the William & Mary Ticket Office is prohibited.