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Parent/Family Information – Commencement Weekend

  • Location, Length of ceremony: The ceremony will be held on the front lawn of Main Building and will last 1 ½ to 2 hours. Lemonade on the Lawn will be held directly following the ceremony.
  • Seating: Seating for friends and family is first come first serve and will be on the lawn in front of Main Building, just behind the graduates.
  • Rain plan: In the event of rain, Commencement will be moved indoors and held in the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium with additional live streaming locations throughout campus. The doors to the stadium will open at 8:00am.
  • Tickets: Tickets are not required at either location. All family and friends are invited to be present.
  • Photos: A professional photographer with the company Grad Images will photograph students as they cross the stage and receive their diploma. Each student will be photographed individually. You will have the opportunity to purchase photos directly from Grad Images. For more information, please visit their website at:
  • Directions to campus: Wofford is located at 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303. Directions from major surrounding cities can be found on the Directions page.
  • Parking: Please refer to the campus map which identifies the various lots available throughout campus. Parking for guests will be available in all campus lots except the Admission lot and the horseshoe-shaped drive behind Main Building. These lots are reserved for the special guests of the President and guests with a disability. Campus Drive will be blocked off on Friday morning so that the grounds can be set up for services on Saturday and Sunday. Because of this, entrance to the lots in front of and behind Marsh Hall can only be gained from Memorial Drive. All of the other lots can be accessed from Evins and Cumming Streets. The Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts parking lot will be open and may be accessed via Memorial Drive. These are marked by signs. Please do not park anywhere else in the auditorium lot as they will tow unauthorized vehicles. If there are any questions about parking for Commencement Weekend, contact Randy Hall at or (864) 597-4351.
  • Accommodations for guests with disabilities: Parking for guests with a disability is available in two locations. The first is the Admission lot which is also reserved for special guests of the President and the second is the horseshoe-shaped drive behind Main Building. Marshalls with carts will be available to transport guests from these lots to the front lawn of Main. In the event of rain, guests with disability placards can park in the Richardson lot and enter the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium through the side doors adjacent to the parking lot. Additionally, family members may drop off and pick-up guests with a disability and elderly attendees at this same location. All guests with physical mobility issues should enter through the doors contiguous to the Richardson lot. A special seating area will be designated for individuals with physical disabilities. Each individual may be accompanied by one family member or friend. If there are any questions about parking contact Randy Hall at or (864) 597-4351.
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  • Gathering on campus: Prior to Commencement Weekend, families wishing to have an event or gathering on campus must receive approval from Mr. John Blair, Director of Conference Services. Mr. Blair can be reached at or (864) 597-4404 to reserve a time and place. 
  • Lunch reservations: The ceremony will last approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours and will be followed by Lemonade on the Lawn. It is probably best to make your reservations after 12:30 or 1:00 pm. 
  • Hotels/restaurants: A listing of area hotels and restaurants can be found at:
  • Go green: All visitors are asked to join Wofford in recycling paper, plastic, glass, and aluminum. Please use the proper containers positioned throughout the campus.