Information for Visitors
We suggest you pick a place to meet up with your graduate once the ceremony is completed. Download the seating chart [pdf] for an easy reference guide to where your grad will be sitting and where you plan to be after the ceremony.
Family Members and Guests
The 2015 Spring Commencement exercise will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 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.
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. Stadium and coliseum 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.
Disability Access Information
For Sanford Stadium:
Visitors with disability concerns are strongly encouraged to arrive early at the stadium, where seating for wheelchairs is very limited.
Disabled parking is available in lots N-10 and E-12 near the stadium. Gate 6 and the Will Call window lobby on East Campus Road are designated for drop off. Gates 2-6, and Will Call are wheelchair accessible.
Elevators will access to the 100, 200 and 300 levels are located at the Southeast corner of the stadium near Gate 4 and at the Will Call lobby on East Campus Road.
Seating: As stated above, seating for wheelchairs is very limited in Sanford Stadium. In the East end zone, seating areas can be found in Sections 114 and 124 with space for only 5-6 persons. There also will be a sky suite open on the 200 level in Section 213. The suite is enclosed and has TVs with a live feed of the ceremony. Again, seating is very limited in these areas so we ask for only one accompanying family member.
For Stegeman Coliseum:
Disabled parking is available in lots S-12 (Hoke Smith Annex) and S-16 (Coverdell Building). Both lots are adjacent to Stegeman Coliseum.
Visitors with disability concerns are strongly encouraged to arrive early at the coliseum. Seating for wheelchairs is very limited in the arena. Main entrances to Stegeman Coliseum along Sanford Drive and Carlton Street are wheelchair accessible.
An elevator with access to the floor level is located in the Southeast corner of the arena near the Smith Street Lobby entrance to the facility.
Seating: Seating for wheelchairs is very limited in the Coliseum. Along the top row of the lower level are several sections for wheelchair and companion seating. And since the number of seats in each of these sections varies, we ask that accompanying family members be kept to a minimum.
Note: Please be aware that UGA does not provide wheelchairs. There will be no UGA personnel available to assist visitors to their seats.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 706-542-7944. For other lost and found inquiries, please contact email@example.com.
In Case of Rain or Severe Weather
The UGA Undergraduate Commencement ceremony, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015 will be held at Sanford Stadium rain or shine. Only in case of severe weather will the Undergraduate ceremony be rescheduled for Saturday, May 9, 2015 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 8, but not declared severe weather, 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 a 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 8, 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 are not able to broadcast special announcements.
For guests who do not wish to attend if it is raining, the ceremony 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. Also, visitors to campus may view the ceremony in the Tate Student Center Theater.
Because the Graduate Communcement ceremony is being held indoors at Stegeman Coliseum, the University's Inclement Weather policy does not apply.