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The excitement of college commencement is a thrill to remember – but often those caught in the resulting traffic jams at our two large state universities have more painful memories of the events. So heads up on the graduation events taking place this weekend – and perhaps plan an alternate day to visit the respective college towns.

The University of Colorado is expecting about 20,000 attendees at Friday's spring graduation ceremony, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at Folsom Field. Stadium gates will open at 7 a.m., and the university recommends arriving early to avoid traffic as construction continues on Broadway in Boulder — which borders the west side of campus. Parking will be available off of Regent Drive. The ceremony will be held at Folsom Field regardless of rain, and visit for more information.

And the Colorado State University Spring 2012 commencement ceremonies are at two venues — Lory Student Center and Moby Arena. There is no charge for any commencement parking.

Parking at the Lory Student Center — The Lory Student Center is located centrally on the main campus, and there will be free public parking in the pay-by-space numbered stalls in the parking lot north of the Lory Student Center on Friday and Saturday. There should be sufficient time between ceremonies to minimize parking congestion.

Parking at Moby Arena — Since Friday, May 11, is the last day of final exams and a typical workday, regular A-permit parking zones (Faculty and Staff zones) will be enforced until 4:00 p.m. on the main campus and in the Moby Arena Lot. Visitors can park in the Z (commuter) zoned portion of the lot west of Moby Arena, as well as any other Z (commuter) lots on campus. No parking is permitted in the 20 minute Loading Zones (except for loading and unloading), red/fire zones, and No Parking/Undesignated Areas (All vehicles must park in a clearly marked stall). There should be sufficient time between ceremonies to minimize parking congestion, but support staff will be present to direct traffic as necessary.

Additional information regarding parking can be obtained from the CSU Parking Services at (970) 491-7041.

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