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Information for Family & Guests

We suggest you pick a place to meet up with your graduate once the ceremony is completed. Click here for on-campus dining options.

Family Members and Guests

The 2016 Fall undergraduate ceremony will be held on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 9:30 am in Stegeman Coliseum.  The Graduate ceremony will be held later that day at 2:30 p.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 required for the undergraduate ceremony for all guests but are not required for the graduate ceremony.

NOTE: Bags, purses or backpacks exceeding 8.5"x11”, and wrapped packages wherein the contents are not visible* are prohibited inside Stegeman Colisuem. Food and drinks (non-glass, non-aluminum, non-alcoholic) ARE permitted but must fit inside the permitted-sized bag. 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.

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Free parking for Commencement guests and graduates is available in the South Deck (S11), Carlton Deck (S15), and lot S14. Disability parking is available in lot S12. Lots S10 and S16 are reserved for designated participants by permit only. 

First Aid

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 or call 706-542-7944. For other lost and found inquiries, please contact

In Case of Rain or Severe Weather

The UGA Undergradute and Graduate Commencement ceremonies will be held indoors at Stegeman Coliseum December 16, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Therefore the University's Inclement Weather Policy does not apply.

For guests who do not wish to attend, the ceremony will be broadcast live on Channel 15 of the University Cable System, and on Channel 181 of the Charter Cable System.