Commencement: Guest Information

Information for Guests

Hotel Accommodations

Spelman College has reserved rooms at a special rate for Commencement at the preferred hotels listed below.  Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 15%) in effect at the time of check-out. Room availability is limited and space is not guaranteed so make your reservations early.

Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway *SOLD OUT
2020 Convention Center Concourse
Atlanta, GA 30337 
404-763-1544 
Rate: $115.00 USD per night 
Start date: 5/18/17
End date: 5/22/17
Last day to book by: 4/27/17

SpringHill Suites Atlanta *SOLD OUT
Airport Gateway 

2091 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337 
770-907-8880 
Rate: $115.00 USD per night 
Start date: 5/18/17
End date: 5/22/17
Last day to book: 4/27/17

Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta Airport/Millenium Center
2031 Sullivan Road
College Park, GA  30337
404-766-0303
Rate:  $115.00 USD per night
Start date: 5/17/17
End date: 5/22/17
Last day to book: 4/20/17
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Atlanta Airport Marriott
4711 Best Road
Atlanta, GA  30337
404-766-7900
Rate: $110.00 USD per night
Start date: 5/17/17
End date: 5/23/17
Last day to book: 4/27/17
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*Shuttle Service will be available to and from campus for events on Thursday, May 18 – Saturday, May 20.  Departure schedules will be posted in the lobby of the hotel.

Parking

For the Class Day ceremony on Friday, May 19, and the Baccalaureate Service on Saturday, May 20, all campus parking facilities will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no charge for parking.

Guests may park in the Spelman College Parking Deck, the Milligan Parking Lot, and the Fine Arts Parking Lot. In addition to these locations, several parking areas will be reserved to accommodate guests with special needs.

Please allow ample travel time with traffic, and plan to arrive at least an hour before the doors close to allow time for parking and admittance to the event hall. To ensure emergency access, all roadways must remain clear of parked vehicles.

Information for Mobility Impaired Guests

Please note: Spelman College and the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) do not provide wheelchairs for mobility-impaired guests.  It is strongly encouraged that guests make arrangements prior to Commencement Weekend to ensure availability.

ADA Medical Supply Online, LLC
4968 Austell Road, Suite 160
Austell, GA 30106
P: 678-398-0505
F: 678-398-0550
www.adamedicalsupply.com 
Office/Store Hours: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
(Mon-Fri), Closed (Sat & Sun)

Mobility impaired guests may be dropped off at the GICC entrance with a companion to accompany them. Upon entrance into the event area, there will be hostesses available to identify seating for guest with wheelchairs and other motorized chairs.

For safety purposes all walk-ways inside the exhibit hall must remain clear, therefore strollers and large bags are not permitted in the exhibit halls.

Photography and Videotaping

All senior photos are taken for the yearbook on Nov. 7-11, 2016, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in Lower Manley.  Please contact the Office of Student Life and Engagement located in Manley 201 or call 404-270-5139 with any questions.

Your class photo will occur at 8 a.m. prior to the Founders Day Convocation, and is offered as part of Commencement photo packages.

Personal audio-video taping and photography during the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies are prohibited; however, each graduate will receive a copy of the Commencement ceremony, and additional copies may be ordered.  

Families may also order professional photography of graduates.

Download the Video Request Form

  1. Family and friends wishing to take photographs of candidates are asked to do so either before or after ceremonies.

  2. Personal audio-video taping and photography during the Baccalaureate and Commencement ceremonies are prohibited.

Commencement Etiquette

The Commencement exercise is a formal academic ceremony. We ask that all guests respect the ceremony, graduates and other guests by behaving in the dignified manner that the occasion merits. In keeping with decorum and the Spelman tradition, we ask that guests adhere to the following guidelines.

Key Points

  1. There will be no moving out of dormitories between the hours of 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. on the day of Baccalaureate
  2. Keep all confetti, balloons, and noisemakers outside of the venue
  3. Food, beverages, or rude and disruptive behavior will not be permitted. Security personnel will be on-site to enforce these restrictions and prevent disruptive behavior
  4. Cellular phones should be turned to their silent operating modes to help ensure that all guests can hear and enjoy the graduation activities
  5. During the reading of the names of the graduates, we ask guests to be considerate in their applause so that all names are heard clearly and the ceremony is not disrupted. We ask that you express your excitement in ways that will not prevent others from hearing the speakers and enjoying the ceremony
  6. Please remain in your seats for the duration of the ceremony until after the recessional. Please do not block the aisles or passageways by attempting to greet or take photos with graduates

For the Media

Contact
Audrey Arthur
aarthur3@spelman.edu
404-270-5892 (office) 
404-886-3966 (cell)

All media must be credentialed to cover Commencement activities. The deadline to request media credentials is Tuesday, May 16, 2017 at 12 p.m.

Media Credentials Request Form

PHOTOGRAPHY and VIDEOGRAPHY RELEASE

Please be aware that photographers and members of the media will be taking photographs and filming Spelman's Commencement activities. Your presence at the ceremonies constitutes your release, permission, and consent to be photographed and/or recorded. Pictures and/or recordings of you may appear in future printed materials and online, including in commercially available publications.

If you do not wish to be photographed and/or recorded, please be aware of the presence of photographers and members of the media and take steps to avoid contact.