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Parking location changes for IU Northwest Commencement

45th Annual Commencement set for May 12


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Emily Banas
Office of Marketing and Communications
980-6536
ebanas@iun.edu

Charles Sheid
Office of Marketing and Communications
980-6802
ccsheid@iun.edu

Indiana University Northwest announced today, Wednesday, May 11, parking location changes for the 45th Annual Commencement set for Thursday, May 12. Commencement will begin at 4 p.m. in the Genesis Convention Center located at 5th Avenue and Broadway in Gary.

IU Northwest will not provide free parking in the Chase parking garage across from the Genesis Convention Center.  

IU Northwest graduates and their families and friends are invited to park at one of the free locations listed below. The university will provide its RedHawk Shuttle service to and from the Genesis Center with stops at or near most of the following locations:

  • Massachusetts Street (North): Located off of 5th Avenue at Massachusetts Street on the west side of the street.
  • Hudson Campbell: Located off of 5th Avenue at Massachusetts Street on the east side of the street.
  • RailCats VIP Lot: Located off of 4th Avenue or 5th Avenue at Stadium Boulevard.
  • Lot A (East of the Steel Yard): Located off of 4th Avenue and Virginia Street on the west side of the street.
  • Lot B (East of the Steel Yard): Located off of 5th Avenue; just before Virginia Street.
  • Virginia Street (North): Located at the corner of 4th Avenue and Virginia Street on the east side of the street.
  • Virginia Street (South): Located at the corner of 5th Avenue and Virginia Street directly across from Hellman’s Tire Service.
  • Carolina Street (North): Located off of either 4th Avenue or 5th Avenue at Carolina Street.
  • Carolina Street (South): Located off of 5th Avenue and Carolina Street.

For convenience, the IU Northwest RedHawk Shuttle will provide free transportation to and from the Genesis Center at the following locations:

  • In the RailCats’ VIP lot between Connecticut and Pennsylvania.
  • At Virginia Street northbound, south of 5th Avenue.
  • At Virginia Street northbound, south of 4th Avenue.

The RedHawk Shuttle will drop off/pick-up directly in front of the Genesis Center. The shuttle will operate from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m., and will resume 15 minutes following the closing of Commencement and run for one hour.

Designated free parking areas and RedHawk Shuttle location pick-up/drop-off locations will be marked with signage.

Handicapped parking is located at no cost on the first floor of the Genesis Center parking garage.

The Gary Police Department will be on hand to assist with traffic control.

IU Northwest regrets any inconvenience this parking change may cause for our graduates or their families and friends.

Grads should arrive at the Genesis Center at least 90 minutes before the ceremony begins and be ready to assemble by 3 p.m. Gowns must be returned immediately following the ceremony at the Genesis Center. The ceremony is expected to last about two hours.

Tickets are not required for family members and friends to attend commencement.