Parking, Logistics Released for High School Graduations at Lawlor Events Center

Galena High School Graduation
Graduates from Galena High School. Photo: WCSD

High school graduation ceremonies get underway next week and the Washoe County School District is reminding students, their families, and other guests to observe some general rules at Lawlor Events Center at the University of Nevada, Reno, where the majority of commencements are scheduled.

Because there are back-to-back ceremonies scheduled most days, people will have short windows of time to leave the arena before those from other schools begin to arrive.

Motorists are asked to park in designated lots and use northbound North Virginia Street when arriving for ceremonies. The right-hand lane will be dedicated to Lawlor traffic.

Free parking is available in the West Stadium Parking Complex, which lies directly north of Lawlor and west of Mackay Stadium, as well as the Brian J. Whalen Parking Complex, which lies south of Lawlor.  Look for directional signage for each school’s designated parking area.

Disabled and limited mobility parking and drop-off is available on the first floor of the West Stadium Parking Complex. Wheelchair assistance will be available from the first floor drop-off area to Lawlor Events Center.

The walkway between Legacy Hall and Lawlor will be closed because a broken sprinkler line is being repaired. Guests walking between the West Stadium garage and Lawlor will be directed to alternate routes.

Wooster High School graduating seniors visit Vaughn Middle School on Friday, stressing the importance of education.
Photo: Carla O’Day

The graduation schedule and parking information for each school with ceremonies at Lawlor Events Center is as follows:

  • 5 p.m. June 12, Washoe Inspire Academy, Innovations High School and Turning Point; park in West Stadium garage
  • 8 a.m. June 14, Academy of Arts, Careers and Technology; park in West Stadium garage
  • 10:30 a.m. June 14, Northstar Online School; park in West Stadium garage
  • 1 p.m. June 14, Galena High School; park in West Stadium garage
  • 4 p.m. June 14, Damonte Ranch High School; park in Whalen garage
  • 7:30 p.m. June 14, McQueen High School; park in West Stadium garage
  • 10:15 a.m. June 15, RISE Academy for Adult Achievement; park in West Stadium garage
  • 1 p.m. June 15, Reno High School; park in West Stadium garage
  • 4 p.m. June 15, Wooster High School; park in Whalen garage
  • 7:30 p.m. June 15, Reed High School; park in West Stadium garage
  • 8 a.m. June 16, Hug High School; park in Whalen garage
  • 11 a.m. June 16, Sparks High School; park in West Stadium garage
  • 2 p.m. June 16, North Valleys High School; park in Whalen garage
  • 6 p.m. June 16, Spanish Springs High School; park in West Stadium garage
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