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.
- 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.
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.)
Frequently Asked Questions
Graduation is when all degree requirements have been satisfied and a student’s degree is conferred. There are three graduations annually (during the summer, fall, and spring). However, commencement is the actual ceremony to celebrate and recognize all of the graduates from the summer, fall, and spring semesters. Commencement takes place once a year during the spring semester in May.
To be eligible to graduate, a student must satisfy all degree requirements for their major and/or minor during the summer, fall, or spring semester.
Honors are calculated using your final cumulative GPA. If it is determined that you will graduate with honors, you will be notified via email. Honor cords will be distributed the week of May 4th. Please visit the “Get Ready Guide” for specific times and locations.
Tickets are required for May 2021 commencement. Two guest tickets will be allocated to each graduate who completes an electronic RSVP form. Anyone over the age of 2 years old must have a ticket.
However, registration is required if you are planning to participate in the May 2021 commencement ceremony. It is important that you RSVP. We must receive your RSVP in order to plan for the ceremony. Your RSVP will be compared against a list of cleared graduates to ensure that (1) you have applied for graduation and (2) satisfied all degree requirements. Graduates who do not RSVP will not be allowed to participate and guest tickets will not be provided.
All guests must wear a mask and social distance and cleaning protocols will be in place.
There is no mandatory dress code. Traditionally, dress shirts, slacks, skirts, or dresses are worn under the regalia.
Information on lodging, dining, shopping and entertainment is available at Visit Winston-Salem, NC.
|Hotel||Reservation Contact Information|
|Fairfield Inn Downtown Winston-Salem||336-714-2800|
|The Historic Brookstown Inn, Trademark Collection by Wyndham||336-701-3904|
|Courtyard Marriott Downtown||336-917-3038|
|Courtyard Marriott Hanes Mall||336-970-4080|
|DoubleTree by Hilton- University||336-767-9595|
|Hampton Inn &Suites Winston-Salem Downtown||336-276-1010|
|Embassy Suites by Hilton Winston Salem||336-724-2300|
|Fairfield Inn Hanes Mall||336-714-3000|
|Hampton Inn Hanes Mall||336-760-1660|
|Hampton Inn & Suites Winston Salem/University Area||336-377-3000|