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Guest Parking

Shuttles will begin running forty-five minutes prior to the start of the ceremonies (May - 9:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.; December - 1:15 p.m.). All SNU and Bethany First Church of the Nazarene parking lots will be open for guest parking. The SNU Alumni Association courtesy shuttles will pick-up and drop-off guests at four designated locations as follows.

  • The lot on Peniel across from the tennis courts
  • The corner of 42nd and College
  • The corner of 42nd and Asbury
  • The corner of 41st and Mueller.

Parking is not allowed along the south side of 39th Street in local business parking or in the residential areas north or east of Sawyer Center. Vehicles parked in sign-posted "No Parking" areas are liable to be ticketed or towed by the City of Bethany.

General Seating

(Sawyer Center Map)

Guest seating is located in the bleacher sections on the main floor and second floor of Sawyer Center. Guests without special needs should enter through the west doors. 

Seating for guests with special needs (e.g., wheelchairs, handicapped, elderly, hearing impaired, guests with infants, etc.) is available and limited. These seats are marked with an official SNU "Reserved" sign and are located on the main floor behind graduate seating and in the box seat area. Ushers are available to assist.

For special arrangements for an interpreter for hearing-impaired guests, see

Reserved Seating

Reserved seats are designated by SNU officials and are marked with an official sign. Because SNU's Commencement ceremonies are not ticketed events, seating for the general public is available on a first come, first served basis. To ensure group seating, early arrival by all party members is strongly recommended. 

Our Nazarene Heritage
Founded in 1899, Southern Nazarene University is a private, Christian, liberal arts university - a service of the Church of the Nazarene. Located on a 40-acre campus just west of Oklahoma City, SNU grew out of several small colleges committed to educating people for lives of service to God, leadership, and reconciliation toward their neighbors and within the global community. More than 32,000 alumni work and serve throughout the United States and the world. Read About Our Heritage

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