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Naval Academy Announces Commissioning Week Shuttle Bus Schedule, Informational Phone Lines and Graduation Broadcast Information

  POSTED ON: Friday, May 9, 2014 8:00 AM by USNA PAO

Press Release: #050-14

     ANNAPOLIS, Md.— For the convenience of family, friends and visitors during Commissioning Week, May 19-23, the Naval Academy will provide free, daily shuttle buses; a dedicated phone number for schedule of events information; weather-related updates; as well as television broadcast and webcasting of the graduation and commissioning ceremony. 

     PLEASE NOTE: Animals, with the exception of certified assistance animals, are not permitted on Academy grounds during Commissioning Week, May 19-23. Picnicking is also prohibited on academy grounds.

     Parking – Parking at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Taylor Avenue is strongly advised due to anticipated congestion downtown and limited parking at USNA.  The daily fee is $5 per car and $10 per recreational vehicle. Vehicles without a Department of Defense or USNA credentialed driver or passenger are not permitted to drive onto the academy grounds. Cars with handicapped tags or dashboard placards must be issued a pass from the Visitor Access Center at Gate 1 (King George Street) during normal business hours.  After hours, a pass may be issued at Gate 1 or Gate 8 (Maryland Route 450).        

     Shuttle Buses - Free shuttle buses will run roundtrip from the stadium to the academy, approximately every 30 minutes on the following schedule*:

            Monday, May 19 – 7 a.m.-11 p.m.    

            Tuesday, May 20 - 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.

            Wednesday, May 21 – 7 a.m.–midnight

            Thursday, May 22 - 7 a.m.–11 p.m.

     The primary (and best) location to meet a bus for transportation to the stadium is Alumni Hall. All busses will pick-up and drop off at Alumni Hall. One bus will stop at Preble Hall, Dahlgren Hall, the Visitor Center, Alumni Hall and the Midshipman Store parking lot.

    *In support of the Herndon Climb (Monday, May 19), the only drop-off and pick-up point for the shuttle bus will be in front of Alumni Hall from noon until the conclusion of the event. In support of the Blue Angels rehearsal and flight demonstration (May 20 & 21), the only drop-off and pick-up point for the shuttle bus will be in front of Alumni Hall from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

    During peak periods, please anticipate lines for the shuttle service and probable delays due to heavy traffic congestion in and around downtown Annapolis.

     Shuttle buses will not operate on graduation day Friday, May 23, unless weather dictates that the ceremony be moved into Alumni Hall.  If that occurs, parking will be at the stadium and buses will run for indoor graduation ticket holders, 1st Class Midshipmen and USNA faculty and staff only. Shuttles will begin at 6 a.m. and continue until all authorized personnel have been transported to Alumni Hall.  Upon conclusion of the ceremony, buses will run between the Alumni Hall and the stadium parking lot.

     These schedules may change; call the USNA activities phone line at 410-293-1000 or visit the website at  for the most up-to-date information.

         Phone lines – The daily schedule of events and information for Commissioning Week at the Naval Academy is available by calling 410-293-1000.  A recorded message will list highlights of the week’s events open to the public as well as cancellations or alternate sites for

events due to weather.  In the event of inclement weather Graduation Day, Friday, May 23, the Naval Academy website will be updated as early as possible with information about Indoor Graduation.

     Graduation and Commissioning Ceremony Broadcasts - The Naval Academy graduation and commissioning ceremony for the Class of 2014 is not open to the public, only ticketholders will be admitted.  The ceremony will be broadcast live on Livestream at starting at approximately 9 a.m., and the Pentagon Channel starting at 10 a.m. The Pentagon Channel will also broadcast the ceremony on their cable channel; check with your local cable provider for more information. Locally, the ceremony will be broadcast live from 10 a.m.–noon on radio station WNAV-AM 1430,

     For more information about the Naval Academy and Commissioning Week, please visit, or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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