Guest Information

Bellarmine University’s 66th annual Commencement Exercises will be held in Freedom Hall inside the Kentucky Exposition Center at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 11. We look forward to celebrating this milestone with you!

Parking and When to Arrive

Freedom Hall is located in the Kentucky Exposition Center at 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40209.  The Kentucky Exposition Center has more than 19,000 parking spaces. Parking is $10 for cars. More information on parking can be found on the Kentucky Exposition Center website. We recommend entering through Gates 1 (Main Gate), 3 (Crittenden Drive), or 4 (Crittenden Drive), and parking in Lot N. Map of the Kentucky Exposition Center (pdf).

Doors will open at 9:00 a.m. It is strongly recommended that guests are seated no later than 10:30 a.m.  Tickets are not required and there is no limit to the number of guests who may attend. Except for reserved seating for graduates, faculty, and governing boards, seating in Freedom Hall will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Commencement is expected to last between two and three hours.

What not to bring

Do not bring balloons, umbrellas, coolers, glass containers, weapons of any kind, outside food or beverages, or animals (except for service animals). Smoking is prohibited inside the facility. Note that for the safety of our guests, bags may be subject to a search at the time of entry.

Disability Accommodations

There will be reserved accessible seating inside Freedom Hall, but for any other accommodation questions, please contact the Director of Disability Services at 502.272.8490 before April 26.

First Aid/Assistance

For the safety of our students and guests, an ambulance and EMS personnel will be on hand before, during and after the Commencement Ceremony. For other questions or assistance, look for staff wearing Bellarmine Commencement Team lanyards.

Photography

To keep Commencement running smoothly, guests are not allowed to approach the stage to take photographs. After the ceremony, family photographs may be taken throughout Freedom Hall.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are guest tickets required for graduation?
No guest tickets are required for guests attending Commencement in Freedom Hall.

If I or one of my guests has disability accommodation needs, who do I contact?
There will be reserved accessible seating inside Freedom Hall, but for any other accommodation questions, please contact the Director of Disability Services at 502.272.8490 before April 26.

I have a cap and gown from my undergraduate degree; can I wear that instead of a different one for my masters?
No. The graduation apparel for each degree level is slightly different in order to have consistency in appearance for our graduates and to ensure that all students have the apparel appropriate to the degree they are receiving.

Can we take pictures at graduation?
Because increased activity near the stage area impedes the flow of Commencement, guests will not be allowed to approach the stage to take photographs. After the ceremony, family photographs may be taken throughout Freedom Hall.

How long does Commencement last?
The Commencement Ceremony usually lasts between two and three hours.

Who can I contact with an unusual question?
Send an email to commencement@bellarmine.edu or call 502.272.8291.

Lodging Information

Families and guests from outside the Louisville area may need to find lodging for their visit during Bellarmine’s Commencement. There are a number of hotels near Freedom Hall, Bellarmine’s campus, and the Louisville downtown area. Information for several hotels in the area is listed below; please contact individual hotels for rate and reservation information.

The following hotels are located within two miles of Freedom Hall:

Courtyard by Marriott Louisville Airport
819 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209
502-368-5678

Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Ctr
830 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209
502.367.2251

Hampton Inn Louisville-Airport
800 Phillips Lane
Louisville, KY 40209
502.366.8100

Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Airport
2735 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, KY 40209
502.637.2424

Holiday Inn Louisville Airport - Fair/Expo
447 Farmington Avenue
Louisville, KY 40209
502.637.4500

Ramada by Wyndham Louisville Expo Center
2912 Crittenden Drive
Louisville, KY 40209
502.694.4675

The following hotels are located in the Louisville downtown area:

The Brown Hotel
335 West Broadway
Louisville, KY 40202
502.209.7346

The Galt House
140 North Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
502.589.5200

Hampton Inn Louisville Downtown
101 East Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
502.585.2200

Louisville Marriott Downtown
280 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
502.627.5045

Omni Hotel
400 South Second Street
Louisville, KY 40202
502.313.6664

The Seelbach Hilton Louisville
500 South Fourth Street
Louisville, KY 40202
502.585.3200