Wednesday, May 10, 2017
- 5:30 p.m. – Ph.D. candidates and their advisers should report to the Rialto Center for the Arts for line-up
- 5:30 p.m. – Theater doors open to guests
- 6:30 p.m. – Student processional begins – Ph.D. candidates and faculty advisers must be checked in
- 7 p.m. – Ceremony begins
Candidates should report to the Rialto Center for the Arts for line-up at 5:30 p.m. Volunteers will issue instructions to candidates about the procession. Ph.D. candidates will be lined up with their faculty adviser alphabetically by college. Each candidate may have only one adviser accompany him or her during the ceremony. Any candidate or faculty adviser arriving after the start of the processional will walk at the end of the processional line and must see a commencement marshal for placement.
Directions to The Rialto Center for the Arts
Take the North/South line to the Peachtree Center station. Follow the signs that direct you to Ellis Street and the Atlanta Public Library. Exit at Peachtree Street South. Walk south on Forsyth past the Library. The Rialto is about two blocks down on the right.
From the North
Take 75/85 South to the Courtland Street exit (Exit 249A), and follow to Auburn Avenue. Turn right onto Auburn Avenue, which becomes Luckie Street. Go to the fourth light, which is Forsyth Street. The Rialto is on your left.
From the South and From I-20
Take 75/85 North to the Edgewood/Auburn Avenue exit (Exit 248B). Stay in the middle lane and follow to Auburn Avenue. Turn left onto Auburn Avenue. As you cross Peachtree Street, Auburn becomes Luckie Street. When you cross Forsyth Street, the Rialto is on your left.
STUDENTS AND GUESTS ARE DIRECTED TO PARK IN THE EQUITABLE PARKING DECK.
Parking for this event is available for $4 per vehicle at the Equitable parking deck on the corner of Williams and Fairlie streets. Parking is also available at a variety of surface and street lots around the Rialto. Parking fees and hours at these lots vary.
Directions to the Equitable Parking Deck
The official parking deck of the Rialto is the Equitable Parking Deck, one block past the theatre, on Fairlie. Go past the Rialto on Luckie Street (Auburn Avenue), then take an immediate right as soon as you pass the Quality Hotel (onto Fairlie). Follow the signs that say “Official Rialto Parking” and turn right into the Equitable Parking Deck. (The deck is not clearly marked as Equitable, so look for the “Official Rialto Parking” signs and flags).
To access the Rialto after parking in the deck, take the elevator to the 3rd floor to exit onto Forsyth Street. Press the green button to the left of the double glass doors to release the locking mechanism and exit onto Forsyth Street. The Rialto will be on your right.