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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. *Please refer to the rain plan below.
  • 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: All parking around the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium is reserved for individuals with a handicap and special guests. Parking for students and their families is available throughout the campus. Please refer to the campus map if you have questions, or contact Randy Hall, campus safety director, at
  • Accommodations for guests with disabilities: Parking for individuals with a disability is available in the lot adjacent to the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium. Marshalls with golf carts will be available to transport guests from each parking area. Guests with disabilities may enter through the doors on the side of the building. Additionally, family members may drop off and pick-up guests with limited mobility near the side entrances that are more easily accessible. Special seating inside the stadium is also available. Each individual may be accompanied by one family member or friend. For additional questions or assistance, please contact Randy Hall, director of campus safety, at or 864-597-4351. 
  • Campus map
  • 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.