Guest Information - Southern California

Guest Arrival

The Pasadena Civic Auditorium will open for public seating to friends and family of the graduates at 10:00am. Please note that the graduates have received pertinent information regarding the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and the conduct that is expected within the auditorium for all guests. As a reminder, balloons are not permitted in the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.
Tickets are not required for this event and we encourage carpooling. The event will begin at 11:00am and no guests will be able to enter the auditorium until after the procession. The procession could take as long as 10 minutes.

Suggested Tips:

  • Leave early – Southern California is infamous for traffic. Map out your route in advance, and add 30 minutes or more to allow for rush hour traffic.
  • Pick a meeting place – It’s hard to find your family and friends among a sea of people. Familiarize yourself with the area around the Pasadena Civic Auditorium and pick a place to meet your guests once the ceremony is over.
  • Be patient and flexible – Commencement will last approximately 2 hours. If you are planning celebrations/lunch reservations after the event, be aware the ceremony could end earlier or later than the scheduled time.

Gifts and Apparel

For gifts and apparel, check out The Chicago School Bookstore.

Location and Public Transportation

The Pasadena Civic Auditorium
300 E Green Street
Pasadena, CA  91101
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Self-pay parking is available in lots public parking lots around the venue. Please budget time for locating parking and travelling to the venue.

Metro Gold Line to Pasadena

The Pasadena Civic is located within walking distance of the Memorial Park & Del Mar stations.


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