Information for Family & Guests
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Family Members and Guests
The 2016 Spring Undergraduate Commencement exercises will be held on Friday, May 13, 2016 at 7 p.m. in Sanford Stadium. The Graduate ceremony will be held earlier that day at 10 a.m. in Stegeman Coliseum. Doors for both ceremonies open an hour and a half prior to the events. The ceremonies will be broadcast live on Channel 15 of the University Cable System and Channel 181 of the Charter Cable System. It also will be streamed live here. Tickets are not needed for either ceremony.
For information about college and school convocations and recognition ceremonies in association with Spring 2016 Commencement, please click here.
NOTE: Bags, purses or backpacks exceeding 12"x12"x12”, and wrapped packages wherein the contents are not visible* are prohibited inside Sanford Stadium and Stegeman Colisuem. Food, drinks (non-glass, non-aluminum, non-alcoholic) and soft-sided coolers (with the plastic liner removed) ARE permitted. Beverage containers may also be subject to inspection.
* We advise either wrapping the gift item inside the facility after inspection or place the unboxed gift item in a gift bag. Our security personnel will ask guests to open any wrapped items for inspection. Gate personnel are instructed to enforce this rule in the interest of safety. Security has the right to inspect any item at any time for the purpose of spectator safety. Prohibited items must be returned to cars or disposed of before entering and will not be accepted by employees nor stored at the gates.
CONSTRUCTION ADVISORY: Construction of UGA's new Science Learning Center is underway. The site is east of Stegeman Coliseum. There may be traffic delays, so please plan to arrive early.
To accommodate guests for the morning and evening's graduation activities around Sanford Stadium and Stegeman Coliseum, parking for the South Deck (S-11), Carlton Street Deck (S-15), Tate Center Deck and lots S-10, S-12, S-14 and S-16 will be reserved for graduates, their guests, and participants.
View parking and bus transportation routes for Undergraduate and Graduate Commencement. Please do not park on sidewalks, fire lanes, loading docks, landscaped areas, or on streets except in designated parking areas. Improperly parked cars may be towed at the owner's expense.
For Sanford Stadium:
First aid care is available for candidates and visitors at the first aid station located behind Section 119 in Sanford Stadium. This care is provided by staff of the University Health Center. Local ambulance services provide emergency care if required.
For Stegeman Coliseum:
First aid care is available for candidates and visitors at the first aid station located behind Section L in Stegeman Coliseum. This care is provided by staff of the University Health Center. Local ambulance services provide emergency care if required.
Lost & Found
For items believed lost in the stadium or coliseum, please email email@example.com or call 706-542-7944. For other lost and found inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In Case of Rain or Severe Weather
The UGA Undergraduate Commencement ceremony, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, May 13, 2016, will be held at Sanford Stadium rain or shine. Only in case of severe weather will the Undergraduate ceremony be rescheduled for Saturday, May 14, 2016 at 10 a.m.
Severe weather is defined as rain accompanied by high wind, thunder, and lightning.
If it is raining on the morning of May 13, but not declared severe weaather, the ceremony will be held as planned in the stadium. The degree candidates will not process onto the field, but will report directly to their assigned seats on the field. Each student will be provided poncho to wear.
The decision whether to hold the Undergraduate exercise outside, or move to the severe weather plan, will be made by 10 a.m. on Friday, May 13, and the information will be placed on the UGA home page by 10:30 a.m.
Major local radio stations will be provided the information, but please be aware that many stations rely on computerized programming and are not able to broadcast special announcements.
For guests who do not wish to attend if it is raining, theremony will be broadcast live on Channel 15 of the University Cable System, and on Channel 181 of the Charter Cable System. It also will be streamed live here. Also, visitors to campus may view the ceremony in the Tate Sudent Center Theater.
The Graduate Commencement ceremony will be held indoors at Stegeman Coliseum Friday, May 13, 2016 at 10 a.m. Therefore the University's Inclement Weather Policy does not apply.