To keep Commencement as safe as possible for graduates, their families and their friends, the ceremony has been altered from its traditional format. To reduce the amount of person-to-person contact, graduates will be seated in the stadium stands with their guests. Graduates who RSVP’d by the April 11 deadline will be individually recognized during their ceremony on the Jumbotron in the stadium. Your name will still be read, and we ask that you rise for your recognition, but no graduates will be walking across the stage. Graduates who submitted a late registration form by the April 16 deadline will have their name announced at the end of the recognition show.
Ceremony Timeline for all ceremonies:
8 a.m.: Gates 7 & 8 open for entry
9 a.m.: Ceremony begins
10:30 a.m.: Ceremony concludes (approximately)
Entering the Stadium & Seating:
All graduates and guests should enter through Gates 7 & 8 for the ceremony. Seating throughout the stadium will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Seats will be sectioned off into groups of 5 to maintain physical distance between attendees.
Parking: Complimentary parking for the ceremonies will be available in the Green Lot and Blue Lot.
- Enter the Blue Lot via the Fulton St. entrance.
- Enter the Green Lot via the Pollard Blvd. entrance.
- ADA parking is available in the Green Lot on a first-come-first-served basis. Please be advised that ADA parking spaces are limited. Cars will have to enter via the Pollard Blvd. entrance.
Tickets: Graduates who RSVP’d by the April 16 deadline received five tickets for the ceremony – four guest tickets and one for yourself. Guests are required to have a ticket regardless of age. If you are having difficulty claiming your tickets through the Ticketmaster link sent out on 4/23, contact the Ticket Office at (404) 413-4020 or email@example.com.
Inclement Weather: Commencement is held rain or shine and will only be rescheduled in the event of severe weather. If it is raining on the morning of Commencement, but not declared as severe weather, the ceremony will be held as planned in the stadium. Umbrellas are prohibited in the stadium, so be prepared to use rain gear or ponchos.
Clear Bag Policy: Center Parc Stadium requires that all guests carry clear bags that are no larger than 12” X 6” X 12” to hold their belongings and/or clutches that are no larger than 4.5” X 6.5”. Guests should return unauthorized bags to their vehicles.
Prohibited Items: For the safety of attendees, the following items and activities are prohibited at Center Parc Stadium
- Artificial Noisemakers
- Bags larger than 12” X 6” X 12’
- Outside food and drink
- Bicycles, skateboards, scooters and rollerblades
- Illegal substances
- Laser pointers
- Flag poles and sticks
- Strollers in seats
- Video cameras
- Large signs
Masks & Social Distancing: Individuals attending Commencement are required to wear an approved personal face covering at all times while within the stadium perimeter. Your ticket has a seat designation, but we are not requiring you sit in those seats. Seats will be sectioned off into rows of five to maintain physical distance between groups of attendees.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodations: ADA seating is available at the top of every section on the 200 level. From the plaza and concourse there are not staircases in the path of these seats. ADA seating is limited and will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. If you or your guest needs a wheelchair rental while in the stadium, you can visit Guest Services just inside Gate 7 next to section 126.
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