UGA Commencement logistics: Temporary platform, severe weather plan

May 3, 2017


Meg A. Amstutz

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Athens, Ga. - The University of Georgia will see increased traffic around certain areas of campus this week as it gears up for its spring Commencement ceremonies.

Motorists are asked to use caution when driving on Broad Street near the Arch as graduating students gather to take photographs.

For UGA alumni with mobility disabilities who choose to pass through the Arch after graduation, the university will have a temporary platform in place on Saturday, May 6, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Undergraduate Commencement will be held inside Sanford Stadium rain or shine. Only in the case of severe weather will the ceremony be rescheduled for Saturday, May 6, at 10 a.m. The decision whether to hold the undergraduate exercise outside or move to the severe weather plan will be made by 10 a.m. Friday, and the information will be placed on the UGA home page,, by 10:30 a.m.

Parking for guests with disabilities is available at the East Campus parking deck (E04) and North Campus parking deck (N06). An ADA accessible shuttle will be available from those areas to the stadium.

For guests who do not wish to attend undergraduate or graduate Commencement in person, the ceremonies will be broadcast live on Channel 15 of the University Cable System and Channel 181 of the Charter Cable System and streamed live at

The undergraduate ceremony will end as usual with a fireworks sendoff. Graduates and guests are requested to remain in place at the conclusion of the ceremony. The west end zone sections of the stadium are fireworks safety zones and will be closed to the public until the all clear is given from security following the fireworks display. The announcement will be shown on the Jumbotron after the fireworks are complete.

For more information on Commencement at UGA, see




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