Public Safety & Transportation

Graduating seniors at SMC's 2018 Undergraduate Commencement CeremonyDear Community Members,

Commencement is a wonderful milestone event for our graduates, their families and the SMC community but some prior planning is critical to enjoying the day.  Please plan to arrive at least an hour prior to the ceremonies (both start at 9 a.m.). There is only one road into/out of the Saint Mary’s campus, so traffic will be heavy.  Parking will be free, but it will also be congested.

Below are some tips for navigating your way to the campus for Saint Mary’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 25, and the College’s Graduate and Professional Studies Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 26.

COMING FROM LAFAYETTE (Hwy 680): turn into the field parking lot on the left, just past Rheem Blvd.  There are signs and staff there to direct you. There will also be golf-carts available for folks needing assistance to get to the shuttles.  

COMING FROM ORINDA (Hwy 24 East): turn into the campus at Saint Mary’s Parkway.  Follow the signs and directions of the parking staff. We are filling the lots in order.  

Disabled parking has been set aside closer to the event, but it fills very quickly.  If you arrive after 8:30 a.m., do not expect any spaces to be available in those lots.

The College  will have shuttles running from the front bus circle and the upper lots.  The shuttles and golf-carts will cease operations at 1pm. Please note where you have parked.

For more information about parking, shuttle services and special accomodations available during Commencement Weekend, visit

Congratulations to Saint Mary’s Class of 2019.


Adan Tejada
Chief & Executive Director
Public Safety & Transportation
Saint Mary's College of California

The Department of Public Safety & Transportation strives to provide 24-hour safety, security, parking & transportation services for Saint Mary's College, ensuring that everyone in our living, working and learning community can thrive and succeed.

Campus Location: Front entrance gate and Assumption Hall West


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Public Safety: (925) 631-4282

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Welcome to The Public Safety & Transportation Department of Saint Mary's College of California.  We are here 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help maintain a safe and secure environment for our community to work, to teach, and to learn.  Feel free to call us any time you have a need for our assistance, or even if you are not certain where to get help.

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PARKING PERMITS: 2018-2019 Parking permits are available for applictation on-line.  Got to your "" page and look for the parking icon (it looks like a car).