Guest Information

Guest Parking and Check-In

Guest parking is available in the West Parking Facility located at 137 S. McDonough Street or Candler Lot located near the Charis bookstore on 184 S. Candler Street. Parking lots will open at 7 a.m. Volunteers will be on hand at both locations to check in all guests for access to the ceremony area.

There will be TWO primary parking areas and points of entry for guests of graduates: 

  • West Parking Facility (137 S. McDonough Street)
  • East Parking lot  (184 Candler Road behind Charis Books)

If you are using rideshares such as Lyft or Uber, your drop-off address is the West Parking facility.
Should one or both of the guests have special needs, please complete this form so that we can best accommodate your experience. 

Golf carts will be available from all parking locations for those who need additional assistance.

At these locations, there will be a tent and table for check in. You will receive a wristband required for entrance onto campus and into the ceremony area.

In order to receive the wristband, you must:

  • show proof of ticket for seating under the tent
  • individuals who do not have a ticket will be given a wristband for seating outside of the tent
  • show proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result

Location

The outdoor Commencement ceremony will be held on campus, on the Science Quadrangle, rain or shine. Seating for the platform party, graduates and four guests per graduate will be available in a tent, open on all sides. Additional seating will be provided outside the tent. Guests are encouraged to bring umbrellas to protect themselves from the elements, where necessary.

Tickets

  • Each graduating student will receive four guest tickets for seating under the tent. 
  • Seating for guests without tickets will be available outside of the tent on a first-come, first-served basis.  
  • Guests will be given a wristband for seating under the tent in exchange for their tickets upon arrival. Where needed, guests will be given additional wristbands for seating outside the tent.  Wristbands are color coordinated for seating locations. The wristband MUST be worn at all times while on campus. 
  • Graduates and/or guests can also pick up wristbands on Friday, May 13th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Information Desk located in the Alston Campus Center. 
  • Children under the age of two who can sit on a parent’s lap do not need tickets or wristbands.
  • Guest seating will open at 8 a.m.
  • Volunteers will be onsite to confirm that all guests entering the ceremony area have complied with COVID-19 and ticketing requirements.

COVID-19 Guidelines

  • All event guests must adhere to Agnes Scott's COVID-19 policies, including for masks, in effect at this time. 
  • Guests should be fully vaccinated and, if eligible, up-to-date with the COVID-19 boosters. Guests must provide proof of vaccinations upon arrival at check-in.
  • Guests who have exemptions or are otherwise unvaccinated or not boostered must provide a standard PCR or Rapid PCR negative COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours before Commencement and MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES ON CAMPUS.
  • All campus community members and guests attending the Senior Showcase on Friday, May 13, will be required to wear masks while in Presser Hall.
  • Masks are optional outside for fully vaccinated attendees. Masks are required for unvaccinated individuals. 
    KN95 or N95 masks are strongly recommended. The staff will have masks on hand to distribute to campus guests for commencement weekend.
  • We will continue to monitor ongoing facts, data and trends, lean on the expertise of our faculty and public health partners and take all factors under consideration. We will adjust our protocols if warranted. 

Campus Safety Protocols

*Please note that this policy is subject to change. Updates will be provided as they become available. 

Special Needs

Parking and check-in for guests with special needs will be located in the Presser Parking Lot located on S. McDonough Street. Guests in personal or rented wheelchairs will enter the venue through this parking lot. Upon arrival, these guests will be asked to proof of vaccination+booster for access to the ceremony area.

  • A sign-language interpreter will be present.
  • Please note the college does not provide wheelchairs for mobility-impaired guests. Mobility equipment may be rented from the list provided*.

*Please be aware that a listing on this page does not represent an endorsement.

A special seating section is available for mobility-impaired guests.  A volunteer will be onsite to provide assistance. 

Live Stream

Family and Friends may also view the commencement ceremony via live stream.

View Stream

Local Accommodations

The City of Decatur boasts many local accommodation options sure to meet family, friends’ and visitors’ needs during campus visits. The college has partnered with the following hotels and properties to give a discounted rate to our guests. Where applicable, use the corporate/promotional code listed while making your reservation. Please note that some rates may be seasonal and vary throughout the year; rates are based on room availability.

Courtyard Marriott Atlanta Decatur Downtown/Emory
Rate: $149
Address: 130 Clairemont Ave., Decatur, GA 30030 | Phone: 404.371.0204

Visit www.marriott.com/atldc select the special rates tab and use S51 under corporate/promotional code.

Emory Conference Center:
Rate: $207
Address: 1615 Clifton Road N.E., Atlanta, GA 30029 | Phone: 800.933.6679

Hampton-Suites-Atlanta-Decatur-Emory
Rate: $149
Address: 116 Clairemont Ave, Decatur, GA 30030 | Phone: 404.377.6360

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Atlanta/Emory University
Rate: $169
Address: 2183 N. Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033 | Phone: 404.320.0888

The Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Rate: $160
Address: 1103 Walker Drive, Decatur, GA 30030 | Phone: 404.354.4334
Private guest house. Max accommodation is four.

Decatur is a dining destination in metro Atlanta with something for every palate and budget. From breakfast through dessert, Decatur has dining options to meet every need during Commencement weekend. 

See the full list of restaurants from the City of Decatur here

With an array of shopping, cultural and musical experiential opportunities within a short driving distance from Agnes Scott College, DeKalb County has everything to make your weekend extra special. 

Explore all the county has to offer by visiting the Discover DeKalb website here

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