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All of the Commencement Ceremonies will be held on the Winston-Salem State University campus. The outdoor venue is the intramural practice lawn located behind the C.E. Gaines Center and campus child care center.

Guest parking will be available at the Bowman Gray Football Field parking lots. University shuttles will be run every ten minutes to bring guests to the venue. They will run for one hour after the ceremony to return guests to the lots. Lot “O” at the campus daycare center will be available for handicapped “drop off” only.

Disability Accommodations

  • A limited number of wheelchairs will be available for free check-out with valid identification. 
  • There will be an interpreter on stage for the hearing impaired. The interpreter will be visible on the large screens.

Venue Access

Winston-Salem State University will employ certain regulations and procedures to promote and ensure a safe and positive experience for all. Please note the information below regarding admission to the venue.

  • Seating access will begin one hour before the ceremony begins. Guests will be allowed to bring one bottled water into the event. Commencement will begin promptly.
  • All guests are subject to security screenings conducted by contracted personnel in order to detect and remove prohibited items from the venue.
  • Guests with prohibited items will be allowed to return these items to their vehicles.  Any items left at any entrance to the Coliseum will be discarded by location personnel. (See complete list of prohibited items.)


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