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Spelman College Commencement

Information for Guests

Hotel Accommodations

Spelman College has reserved rooms at a special rate for Commencement at the preferred hotels listed on this page. Hotel room rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes (currently 15 percent) in effect at the time of check-out. Room availability is limited and space is not guaranteed so make your reservations early. The special pricing is not guaranteed after April 25, 2020.

* Shuttle Service will be available to and from campus for events on Thursday, May 14 – Saturday, May 16, 2020. Departure schedules will be posted in the lobby of the hotel.

Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway 
2020 Convention Center Concourse
Atlanta, GA 30337 
Rate: $121.00 USD per night 
Start date: 5/14/20
End date: 5/18/20
Last day to book by: 4/23/2020

Book Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway

SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway 
2091 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337 
Rate: $121.00 USD per night  
Start date: 5/14/20
End date: 5/18/20
Last day to book by: 4/23/2020

Book SpringHill Suites

Renaissance Atlanta Airport Gateway Hotel
2081 Convention Center Concourse
Atlanta, Georgia 30337
Rate: $140.00 USD per person
Start Date: 5/14/2020
End Date: 5/18/2020
Last Day to Book:  4/23/2020

Book Renaissance Atlanta Hotel

Fairfield Inn & Suites Atlanta Airport North 
1255 Walker Avenue East Point
Atlanta, Georgia 30344
Rate: $104.00 - $114.00 USD per person
Start Date: 5/14/2020
End Date: 5/18/2020
Last Day to Book:  4/23/2020

Book Fairfield Inn & Suites


For the Class Day ceremony on Friday, May 15, and the Baccalaureate service on Saturday, May 16, 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 Georgia International Convention Center 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
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.

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

Photography and Videotaping

All senior photos were taken for the yearbook in November. 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.

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

Commencement, Class Day and Baccalaureate DVDs

Graduating seniors and families will be able to view the Commencement program in its entirety on the Spelman College YouTube channel.  

Baccalaureate, Senior Class Day, and Commencement DVDs are available for purchase online using the Video Request Form. Purchased DVDs will be mailed approximately 3-4 weeks after the order is received.

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

Families may also order professional photography of graduates.

Video 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.

Commencement Week Details



For the Media

Mashaun Simon

Media Credentials Request Form