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Transportation / Parking / Severe Weather

students at commencement


Directions to the campus, maps, and mass-transit options are available at Visit Swarthmore.


Directions to the available parking lots may be found at Parking.  All lots are accessible from Chester Road (Route 320) and are clearly marked with directional signs.

Ben West (ADA Parking Only) Stay in the right lane on Baltimore Pike, and in less than 1/4 mile, turn right onto PA Route 320 South. At the next traffic light, turn right to stay on Route 320/Chester Road. Proceed through the traffic light at College Avenue to the first driveway on your right, Benjamin West parking.

Cunningham South and SEPTA Parking Lot - From Chester Road (320) south, go past the light at College Avenue.  This lot is on your left, just before the SEPTA underpass.  Available for Commencement only.  

Field House Lot (South Campus) -  From Chester Road (320 South), go past the light at College Avenue.  Follow Chester Road down and through the SEPTA underpass. As you approach the circle at the top of the rise, bear to your right and turn right into the campus at the South Entry  (Field House Lane).  Staff will direct you to parking areas.

  • Shuttles will be provided from the Field House lot to drop off at the Alice Paul/David Kemp Circle.

Whittier and DuPont Parking Lot - From Chester Road (32) south: turn right at the light on College Avenue; turn right on Cedar Avenue; go one block, turn left on Elm Avenue, then turn left on Whittier Place.  Lot is at the end of Whittier Place.  

Accessible Parking INFORMATION for those with mobility issues

Persons with mobility issues are given priority to park in the Ben West Parking Lot and are given priority in golf cart shuttles to Sharples Dining Hall and Mertz Field.  Please view map.


In case of severe weather (e.g. lightning or strong wind gusts), we may decide to delay the celebration (by two hours). Every effort will be made to hold the celebration on Mertz Field.  Delay will occur only if conditions are deemed too hazardous to proceed outdoors.  Should it be necessary to evacuate the field, please locate the nearest Garnet Banner, which is positioned at entry points to nearby buildings, Alice Paul, Mertz, and Old Tarble.  Proceed to the nearest building as safely as possible.  College personnel will be available to assist and provide instructions.  Additional information and details for severe weather planning will be made available on the College's website and on the Guidebook app.  Download the Guidebook app to receive up to the minute notifications.