Commencement: Directions and parking


Driving directions
Directions to CCBC Essex and a map of the campus are available on the college website.

Entry, parking and exit directions
  • Graduates, faculty and staff participating in the ceremony are encouraged to arrive early. All lots will be open to the general public at 7:30 a.m.
  • Free parking is available throughout the campus and on a designated lot at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center. The following are lots closest to the commencement ceremony venue:
    • Lot 2 – Faculty/Staff/VIPs
    • Lot 3 and Lot 7 – Handicapped and senior drivers
    • Lot 4 – Open parking and handicapped overflow
  • PLEASE NOTE: Faculty/staff, handicapped drivers, senior attendees and VIPs should enter the campus from Rossville Boulevard in the RIGHT LANE so they can turn right (toward the Children's Learning Center) from the right lane.
  • Individuals with limited mobility and requiring assistance will be directed to designated parking upon arrival at the main entrance to the campus. These vehicles shuld also enter in the RIGHT LANE.
  • Guests, faculty and staff are encouraged to park at the MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center employee lot, which is in the rear of the facility (the lot adjoining CCBC Essex.) It is very easy to enter and exit, and the designated parking lots are close to the tent.
  • After the ceremony, exiting traffic should use two lanes to Rossville Blvd., one from Lot 1 (upper and lower bays), and one from the south side of the campus (South Campus Drive – Children's Learning Center area)

Please make note of the entry and exit directions outlined in the maps linked below:

traffic map


traffic map

Weather concerns
Prior to and during commencement, members of CCBC Public Safety and Plant Operations will be evaluating weather conditions that might affect the event. Light rain or drizzle will not be a factor, but high winds or lightning may cause changes to the ceremony schedule.

In the event severe weather or other circumstances require a tent evacuation, the ceremony emcee will ask that people move promptly to their cars, or to the Wellness and Athletics Center, the College Community Center or the Arts and Humanities Hall. Public Safety officers on duty will assist in guiding guests to those locations. Cars are the preferred destination, as building capacities are limited.

The decision to continue the event will be made as soon as conditions allow. Public Safety and event staff will announce updated information by moving through the buildings and parking lots.

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