Guest Information

Driving and Parking Directions

Throughout Commencement weekend, many events will occur on-campus. Please be patient and arrive to campus well before your ceremony in order to allow time for parking and arrival at your event location.  For a detailed map including driving and parking directions to campus, please click here. For a detailed map, listing all of the Commencement event sites on-campus, please click here.

For a detailed map of the Graduate Commencement activities only, please click here.

Parking at the Mohegan Sun Arena for Undergraduate Commencement is free and parking attendants will be on hand to direct traffic both before and after the ceremony.

Transport to Arena for Undergraduate Commencement

Graduates or Parents who need transportation to the Arena in Wilkes-Barre can ride a school bus from the DeNaples Center (West entrance by Parking Pavilion) to the East Gate at the Arena in Wilkes Barre. The buses leave at 10:15am for students, and at 11:15am for parents or emergency latecomers. 

Students or parents who wish to get a ride back to the university after the ceremony must make their way to the rear docks of the Arena at the Event Level.  Arena Ushers can help guide bus passengers to the rear dock at the Event Level.

It would be prudent for those who wish to get a ride back to campus to also let the bus driver know upon initial arrival to the Arena.

Accessibility Information

General On-Campus Events:

  • There is a special accommodation access area for parking needs. Please view the map for additional information on this service. At the special accommodation access area, University personnel will assist the passenger with special needs to get into the pertinent building with one or two family members while the driver is directed to a parking lot.

Graduate Commencement & Baccalaureate Mass in the Byron Center:

  • There are areas marked for those guests that need to park their personal wheelchair in the Byron Center. The wheelchair accessible seating is in the first row of the second section of seats. The University has staff dedicated to servicing this area. Please note that we are able to allow one or two family members to sit in this area with the guest in the wheelchair and other guests will need to sit elsewhere in the Byron. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Mohegan Sun Arena:

  • Parking for guests with special needs is available near the West Gate; you should stay in the left lane as you enter the Arena grounds. To obtain a permit for handicap accessible parking at the Arena, please contact Peggy Burke directly at 570-941-7520 or
  • Seating for guests with special needs is available in Row S which surrounds the Arena at the main concourse level. In order to best serve persons with special needs, we ask that no more than two persons sit with the guests in Row S. Usually additional family members can sit in seating right in front of their family members. See Row "S" Handicapped seating map for additional information.

If you have questions regarding accessibility issues at any of the Commencement events, please contact Peggy Burke in the Office of the Provost at 570-941-7520.

Hotel Accommodations

Best Western Inn ***
77 E. Market St.
Wilkes Barre, PA  18701
(570) 823-6152
(I-81 Exit 168)

Four Points by Sheraton ***
300 Meadow Ave.
Scranton, PA  18505
(570) 344-9811
(I-81 Exit 184)

Comfort Inn (Clarks Summit) ***
Rte 6 & 11, 811 Northern Blvd.
Clarks Summit, PA  18411
(570) 586-9100
(I-81 Exit 194)

Comfort Inn
1067 Wilkes Barre Twp Blvd
Wilkes Barre, PA  18702
(570) 823-0500
(I-81N Exit 165B, I-81S Exit 165)

Comfort Suites
44 Montage Mountain Road
Scranton, PA  18507
(570) 347-1551
(I-81 Exit 182)

Courtyard by Marriott ***
16 Glenmaura National Blvd.
Moosic, PA  18507
(570) 969-2100
(I-81 Exit 182)
* Two-night minimum stay
(discount is not available during commencement weekend)

Days Inn (Wilkes-Barre)
760 Kidder St.
Wilkes Barre, PA  18702
(570) 826-0111
(I-81 Exit 170B)

Econo Lodge (Wilkes Barre)
1075 Wilkes Barre Twp. SR 309
Wilkes Barre, PA  18702
(570) 823-0600
(I-81 Exit 165)

Fairfield Inn by Marriott ***
949 Viewmont Dr.
Dickson City, PA  18519
(570) 346-3222
(I-81 Exit 190)

Fairfield Inn & Suites
884 Kidder Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 208-4455
(I-81 Exit 170B)

Hampton Inn at Montage
22 Montage Mountain Rd.
Scranton, PA  18507
(570) 342-7002
(I-81 Exit 182)

Hampton Inn-Clarks Summit ***
890 Northern Blvd.
S. Abington Twp., PA  18411
(570) 586-1515
(I-81 Exit 194)

Hampton Inn & Suites - Wilkes Barre
876 Schechter Drive
Wilkes-Barre, PA  18702
(570) 824-1005

Hilton Garden Inn (*Walking Distance to Arena*)
242 Highland Park Blvd.
Wilkes Barre, PA  18702
(570) 820-8595

Hilton Scranton & Conference Center
100 Adams Ave.
Scranton, PA  18510
(570) 343-3000 ext 1113

Holiday Inn Express ***
30 Concorde Drive
Pittston, PA  18641
(570) 654-3300, 1-800-HOLIDAY
(1-81 Exit 178A)

Holiday Inn Express & Suites ***
1265 Commerce Blvd.
Dickson City, Pa 18519
570-307-HIES (4437)

Holiday Inn Express Wilkes Barre East
1063 Highway 315
Wilkes Barre, PA  18702
(570) 825-3838
(I-81 Exit 170 B)

Host Inn All Suites Hotel
860 Kidder St. Rear
Wilkes Barre, PA   18702
(570) 270-4678
(I-81 Exit 170B)

Marriott Residence Inn
947 Viewmont Drive
Dickson City, PA  18519
(570) 343-5121
(I-81 Exit 190)

Microtel Inn and Suites
232 Main Street
Dickson City, PA  18519
(570) 307-1200
(I-81 Exit 190)

Nichols Village Hotel & Spa***
1101 Northern Blvd.
South Abington, PA  18411
(570) 587-1135
(I-81 Exit 194)

Quality Inn & Suites Conference Center
880 Kidder Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18702
(570) 824-8901
(I-81 Exit 170B)

Radisson Lackawanna Station ***
700 Lackawanna Ave.
Scranton, PA  18503
(570) 342-8300
(I-81 Exit 185)

Ramada Plaza Hotel ***
Rt. 6 & 11, 820 Northern Blvd.
Clarks Summit, PA  18411
(570) 586-2730
(I-81 Exit 194)

Sleep Inn
102 Monahan Ave.
Dunmore, PA  18512
(570) 961-1116
(I-81 Exit 188)

TownePlace Suites by Marriott ***
26 Radcliffe Drive
Moosic, PA 18507
(570) 207-8500 - Hotel Phone
(570) 207-8505 - Hotel Fax

Woodlands Inn & Resorts
1073 Highway 315
Wilkes Barre, PA  18702
(570) 824-9831
(I-81 Exit 170B)
**At these hotels, mention The University of Scranton to get possible discounted rates.

Visit the Downtown!

While visiting Scranton for Commencement activities, please consider heading downtown for some delicious food options and shopping! For more information on the Downtown Scranton area, please view our Community Relations webpage.