Commencement Ceremony

Friday, May 15, 2015 9:45 a.m. Bowman Gray Stadium

Tickets are not required to attend the 2015 Commencement.

The commencement ceremony is a formal ceremony that is held in recognition of all current graduates.  This ceremony includes a graduate and faculty processional, a commencement address, a charge to the graduates, and special presentations.

The commencement exercises will begin with the graduates processional at 9:45 a.m. and are anticipated to end at 12:00 p.m.

Commencement Parking & Shuttle Service

Student and Faculty parking will be available in lots: BB, CC, DD, VC, Q, Z, Y, and Z.  The shuttle buses will start at 7:00 AM on the morning of Commencement.  They will pick passengers up at bus shelters as well as people walking in the parking lot at the Anderson Center.  The shuttle buses will not stop on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.  They will  continue running until the event is completed and everyone has cleared the stadium. 

After Commencement is over, Police will be directing all traffic that’s parked in the South and West Lots to turn right from Williamson St. onto MLK going South. All traffic coming out of the East Lot and Argonne St. will be directed to turn right going North onto MLK. All traffic coming out of Anderson Center at Reynolds Park Rd will be directed to turn left onto MLK going North. Please follow Police directions to ensure smooth and safe traffic flow. It will speed up the time it takes to leave the stadium.

Handicap Parking & Seating

Disability access will be available for graduates with accessible parking located in Bowman Gray South Lot.  Signs will be posted for your convenience.

Accessible seating for persons with impaired mobility will be available in the stadium in the two street level patios and the top two rows of the stadium general admission seating throughout the stadium. Seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Seating

There will be an interpreter for the deaf and hard of hearing position on the stage. Seating for the deaf and hard of hearing will be located in the reserved seating section (red seats) of the stadium.

Inclement Weather

Inclement weather is always a possibility so arrangements have been made to move the Commencement Ceremony to Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum if necessary.  If that should happen, a broadcast email will be sent to all students, faculty and staff; a recorded message will be placed on the University Weather Line (336-750-3456); and information will be posted on the WSSU website, Facebook page and Twitter.

Official Photographer

Gradimages will be taking photographs of all graduates at the commencement ceremony. They will be located on the field as you exit the stage. You can register your information prior to the ceremony at their website, www.gradimages.com or you may order photographs after the ceremony online or by calling (800) 261-2576. By registering early, photo samples will be provided to you as soon as they are available after the event and you can get a $5 off coupon on orders of $25 or more.

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Winston-Salem, NC 27110

Phone: (336) 750-2000

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