Guidelines for guests
Commencement is held in the Samuel M. Thomas Assembly Center on the main campus of Louisiana Tech University.
Use the campus map (Building No. 67 on the map) to see where the Thomas Assembly Center is located in relation to the campus, Interstate 20 and Highways 80 and 167.
- From the North (Little Rock, El Dorado, Arkansas) – Take Highway 167 south to downtown Ruston. Turn right onto Alabama Avenue and proceed directly to the Thomas Assembly Center. After the third stop light (Alabama Avenue at Tech Drive) you will see Joe Aillet Stadium (football field) on your right and the Assembly Center on the hill to your right.
- From the South (Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Louisiana) – Take Highway 167 north to Ruston. Turn left onto California Avenue and at the fifth stoplight, turn right onto Tech Drive. Proceed down Tech Drive under the railroad overpass to Alabama Avenue (this will be the third stop light – Lady Techster’s Softball Field on your left, J.C. Love Field – baseball – on your right). Turn left on to Alabama Avenue and the Thomas Assembly Center will be in front of you at the top of the hill on the right.
- From the East (Vicksburg, Jackson, Mississippi) – Take I-20 west to Ruston, exit 84. At the top of the exit ramp, turn left. Follow Tech Drive to campus. Just as you crest the hill, you will see the Marbury Alumni Center on your left, Joe Aillet Stadium (football field) on your right and behind it, the Thomas Assembly Center. Turn right on Bulldog Drive (the approach road to the stadium) or proceed one more block to Alabama Avenue (stop light) and turn right.
- From the West (Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas) – Take I-20 east to Ruston, exit 84. At the top of the exit ramp, turn right onto Tech Drive. Follow Tech Drive to campus. Just as you crest the hill, you will see the Marbury Alumni Center on your left, Joe Aillet Stadium (football field) on your right and behind it, the Thomas Assembly Center. Turn right on Bulldog Drive (the approach road to the stadium) or proceed one more block to Alabama Avenue (stop light) and turn right.
Those family and friends who are unable to attend commencement can watch the event via Facebook Live.
Additional parking is available at Ruston High School and any of the main campus parking lots. Parking is prohibited on grass and sidewalks. For our guests with disabilities, there is a limited amount of designated handicapped parking at the top of the hill on the Alabama Avenue side entrance next to the Assembly Center.
There will be uniformed officers of the Louisiana Tech University Campus Police, the Ruston Police Department, and the Lincoln Parish Sheriff’s Department available for assistance.
Guest seating in the Thomas Assembly Center will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The Assembly Center will open approximately 90 minutes prior to the beginning of the ceremony. The commencement processional will begin promptly at the time listed for each ceremony. Please remain seated during the ceremony and refrain from unnecessary noisemaking while degrees are conferred.
For safety purposes, guests are not allowed on the playing floor or in the college assembly areas before or during the ceremony.
Large signs, balloon bouquets, banners, etc. should not be brought into the arena since this will block the view of other guests.
During the ceremonies, a commercial photographer will be taking pictures as your student shakes hands with President Guice and as your student exits the stage. The photographer will post the proofs to his website online after graduation, along with pricing and ordering information. Website information is provided in the graduation package your student will pick up in the Thomas Assembly Center immediately following commencement.