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May 11, 2012
12:00PM - Doors at Gates C and D open to all degree candidates and guests
2:00PM - Ceremony Begins
Event Website:
General Information

Keynote Speaker: Facebook Co-Founder Chris Hughes

Seating: Seating is general admission, so friends and family can get as close as possible but saving of seats is prohibited

 Concession stands are open to all guests from 12:15 p.m.-2:00 p.m.. Please be aware concessions will close at 2:15 p.m. and remain closed during and after the ceremony. Beverage kiosks will remain open.

 Family and friends are not allowed on the floor. Floor access is reserved for graduates only.

After the Commencement:
 For an orderly exit, please designate a meeting place for your party. We ask that parents meet their graduates outside on the West Plaza, closest to Gate B & C and the Georgia World Congress Center, for photo opportunities instead of inside the building.

Ticket Information:
 This is a non-ticketed event.

First Aid Locations:

Floor: Main first aid room, extension. 8091.
Lower: Aisle L38, Gate D, extension 3582.

 Not allowed: helium balloons, laser wands, TVs, weapons, bottles, cans, outside food/ beverages, coolers, flags on poles, thermos bottles. Still cameras and video cameras are allowed. 
There is a bag check for this event. Wrapped packages are subjected to being unwrapped and inspected.

 ATMs are located at Gates C and D.

Executive Levels:
 Suite levels are not in use today.

Getting to the Ceremony

The Georgia Dome is located to the immediate west of the downtown Atlanta area on the corner of Northside Drive and Georgia Dome Drive. The Dome is also accessible by the MARTA rail system via Vine City and Georgia Dome stations. Parking is at a premium on event days, so taking MARTA is highly recommended. For complete information on MARTA visit Many MARTA stations offer free parking lots.
While traveling to and from games, all drivers are encouraged to follow the directions of traffic police.
For Complete Traffic and Parking Information please click here.


Parking spaces are available in the Red Deck , Orange Lot, and Silver Lot on a first-come first-served basis. Disabled parking placards will be checked by parking personnel and/or law enforcement to ensure the person who has been issued the placard by the State is present in the vehicle.
Pre-purchase parking passes here: Online Parking Pass.