News Release

Traffic changes planned for Southeastern commencement Saturday

Contact: Christina Chapple


     HAMMOND -- Motorists and visitors planning to attend Southeastern Louisiana University's commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 13, should anticipate heavy traffic and route changes affecting University Avenue (Hwy. 3234).

     Manuel J. Perez de la Mesa, chief executive officer of Pool Corporation, will address approximately 1,200 students receiving associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the 10 a.m. ceremony in the University Center.

     Mike Prescott, director of University Police, said the section of University Avenue between West Tornado Drive and SGA Drive will be restricted from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

     Local traffic will be allowed to proceed on University Avenue for as long as possible, but will be diverted through the campus as commencement-bound traffic increases.

     Prior to the ceremony, University Center parking areas are expected to be filled early and all traffic on University Avenue will be diverted. Eastbound commencement traffic will be diverted to West Tornado Drive for parking at the University Center and westbound commencement traffic will be diverted to the campus at SGA Drive.

     Two Southeastern Lion Traxx shuttle busses will be in operation before and after the ceremony to accommodate anyone parking in outlying areas or needing special transportation assistance.

     Drivers not attending commencement are asked to use U.S. 190 (Thomas Street and Morris Street) or Natalbany Road (Hwy. 1064) to avoid University Avenue traffic.

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