Venue and Ceremony Information

Georgia Tech Commencement

Location

Spring 2014 Commencement will be held at the McCamish Pavilion, formerly Alexander Memorial Coliseum. McCamish Pavilion is located at the intersection of Tenth and Fowler Streets. Guests may enter through the main entrance on Tenth Street or the west entrance on Fowler Street. 

Commencement is a ticketed event. For more information regarding tickets, see the ticketing policy page or FAQs.

Times

Commencement attracts tremendous attendance, so we ask that students, volunteers, and guests make appropriate allowances to ensure on-time arrival. 

Ph.D. Hooding Ceremony
Thursday, May 1, 2014

Doors open: 6 p.m.
Event begins: 7 p.m.
Event concludes: 8:30 p.m.

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President's Graduation Celebration
Friday, May 2, 2014

Event begins: 3 p.m.
Event concludes: 5 p.m.

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Ph.D. and Master’s Ceremony
Friday, May 2, 2014

Doors open: 5:30 p.m.
Ceremony begins: 7 p.m.
Ceremony concludes: 10 p.m.

Bachelor’s Morning Ceremony
Saturday, May 3, 2014

Will call opens: 7 a.m.
Doors open: 7:30 a.m.
Will call closes: 8:45 a.m.
Ceremony begins: 9 a.m.
Ceremony concludes: 11:30 a.m.

Bachelor’s Afternoon Ceremony
Saturday, May 3, 2014

Will call opens: 1 p.m.
Doors open: 1:30 p.m.
Will call closes: 2:45 p.m.
Ceremony begins: 3 p.m.
Ceremony concludes: 5:30 p.m.

To view a listing of majors by ceremony, visit our spring 2014 ceremony page

**We encourage guests to plan accordingly and leave extra time for parking and leaving. We expect a high amount of traffic due baseball games occurring Friday and Saturday. Please anticipate it taking at least 30 minutes to exit campus following the ceremonies due to traffic congestion.**

Concessions

Concessions will be available during the ceremony. The McCamish Pavilion accepts both cash and major credit cards. Outside food and drink are not allowed.

Restrictions

Backpacks are not allowed into the pavilion. All bags will be searched prior to entering.

Absolutely no alcoholic beverages are allowed in or around the ceremony area. Anyone violating this code will be removed from the event.

Noisemakers are not permitted. Families are encouraged to hold their applause until all graduates have walked across the stage, to allow for everyone's name to be heard.

Families are encouraged to hold their applause until all graduates walk across the stage to allow everyone's name to be heard. Guests may bring signs and flowers for their graduates. We ask that balloons are not brought into the venue as they could obstruct another guests's view.

Parking and Directions

The McCamish Pavilion is located on the Georgia Tech campus at the intersection of Tenth and Fowler Streets at 184 10th Street NW, Atlanta, Georgia, 30318. Click here to view a map of the intersection

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**We encourage guests to plan accordingly and leave extra time for parking. We expect a high amount of traffic due baseball games occurring Friday and Saturday as well as the President's Celebration and the Commencement Ceremonies.**

Parking is located throughout the Georgia Tech campus. Guests may park in E52 (Peters parking deck) and E40 (Klaus Advanced Computing Building parking deck). However, because of on campus sporting events, E52 and E40 will both be paid lots on Friday and Saturday. Additional parking is also available at the State Street lot and in Technology Square. For a list of parking lot locations, view our campus parking maps. Parking charges will vary by lot. 

Guests with a valid handicap parking tag may park on Fowler Street. Alternatively, guests may be dropped off at the East Entrance of McCamish Pavilion, located off 10th Street. 

Friday Shuttle Information

From 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2, 2014, shuttles will transport guests who park in the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center parking deck to the President's Graduation Celebration. The shuttles will be located in the hotel's turn around area located across from the Scheller College of Business on Spring Street. After 5:30 p.m., no shuttles will run near Tech Green, so guests are asked to plan accordingly.

Beginning at 4:30 p.m., additional shuttles will transport guests from the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center parking deck to McCamish Pavilion. This dedicated McCamish shuttle service will discontinue at 9:30 p.m. Ph.D. and Master's students and their families who plan to attend both the President's Graduation Celebration and Commencement are encouraged to park in the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center parking area and utilize the Commencement shuttles. Please note, Commencement shuttles will not run on Saturday, May 3.

Public Transportation

MARTA rail and bus service offers many options for local residents and visitors. For information regarding rates and detailed route information, visit  http://itsmarta.com

Tickets

The bachelor's Commencement ceremony is a ticketed event; all guests will be required to present a valid ticket for entry. Students who RSVP for Commencement will receive a limited number of tickets for their guests. Visit the Ticketing Policy page and Ticket FAQ page for more information.

Tickets are not required for the Ph.D. and master's ceremony.

Overflow Rooms and Additional Viewing


Guest overflow will be available in O’Keefe Gym, located next to McCamish Pavilion. No tickets are required for overflow. Space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parking will be available in O'Keefe gym on Saturday only. 

We will also show a live webcast of the ceremony at www.commencement.gatech.edu The live link for each ceremony will appear thrity minutes prior to ceremony start. Full ceremony videos will be posted to our website one week following the event.

Guests on campus may re-scan their TVs to receive 19.1 and watch the ceremony live on GTCN. 

Dress Code and Decorum

While Commencement has no official dress code, we encourage families to dress in a manner that suits this ceremony. Many of our families dress business causal to causal. 

Families are encouraged to hold their applause until all graduates walk across the stage to allow everyone's name to be heard. Please be respectful to all of our students.

Guests will be asked to release any reserved seats 15 minutes prior to ceremony start to help us accommodate others.