Commencement takes place at Boddy Dodd Stadium. 

Bobby Dodd Stadium
177 North Ave NW
Atlanta, Georgia, 30313


 

What to Expect at Commencement

We are excited to have our graduates' families, friends, and special guests join us to celebrate commencement. Please review the information below to learn venue policies and what to expect. 

 

 

Allowed Items and Bag Policies

Bag Policy

All students, guests, and volunteers attending the event are subject to our clear bag stadium entry process. Backpacks, suitcases, and laptops are not allowed. 

Bag Valet

  • Bags that are not permitted inside Bobby Dodd must be returned to the guest's vehicle or be checked into bag valet.
  • Bag valet is located at Gate 1 and on the top of Peters Parking Deck, across from Gate 6.

Permitted Items

Guests may bring:

  • Seat cushions or stadium seats
  • Clear, reusable water bottles (must be emptied at gate)
  • Blankets (non-electric or non battery-powered)
  • Signs or flags smaller than 3 feet by 5 feet
  • Flowers
  • Binoculars

Prohibited Items

Guests may NOT bring:

  • Backpacks, duffle bags, suit cases, or large tote bags
  • Outside food or drink
  • Horns or other noisemakers
  • Camera with lenses longer than 4" 
  • Umbrellas
  • Tobacco

Security Reminders

  • All guests and students will go through magnetometers, or walk-through metal detectors, prior to entry. 

Restrictions

  • Strollers are not allowed in the venue and must be checked into bag valet (this includes car seat baby carriers). Exceptions to the bag policy will be made for medical and/or diaper bags in addition to cross body baby carriers – guests with medical and/or diaper bags must request an individual inspection from the gate supervisor. 
  • Cameras lenses must be under 4 inches or less in length. Any lens exceeding this size will not be allowed in the venue. Tripods and monopods are not permitted.
  • No outside food or beverage allowed in the venue. Concessions will be available during the ceremony. 
  • Absolutely no alcoholic beverages are allowed in or around the ceremony area. Anyone violating this code will be removed from the event.
  • Noisemakers, selfie-sticks, signs, inflated balls, and balloons are not permitted. Guests may bring flowers for their graduates.
  • Pets and therapy animals are not permitted. Service Animals are permitted. 
  • Umbrellas are not permitted inside the stadium.
  • Please review the prohibited and permitted items list for the full list of items.

Venue Safety

We encourage everyone in the Georgia Tech community to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) recommendations, vaccinate, and wear a mask based on preference and assessment of personal risk.

This policy may be updated to follow current public health recommendations as we approach the Commencement ceremonies. 

Concessions

Concessions

  • Limited concessions will be available during all ceremonies.
  • Bobby Dodd accepts major credit cards.
  • Outside food and drink are not allowed.

Retail Locations

Surprise your graduate with a Georgia Tech gift and flowers! Retail locations will be open in Callaway Plaza, Section 112, Gates 4 and 5, and the Club Level.

Weather

Severe Weather Plan

Commencement is a rain or shine event. Graduates and guests are advised to monitor the weather forecast closely and dress appropriately for the seasonal climate. Each outdoor ceremony is expected to last approximately two to two and half hours. 

We will make every effort to host the ceremonies as planned. If severe weather makes it unsafe for participants to gather outside, we will reschedule the ceremony to Sunday, Dec. 18.

We will keep graduates and guests informed of any operation changes through this website and emailing graduates. 

Additional Information

Dress Code and Decorum

  • While Commencement has no official dress code, we encourage families to dress in a manner appropriate to the ceremony. Many of our families dress business casual to casual. 
  • Graduates and guests are advised to monitor the weather forecast closely and dress appropriately for the seasonal climate.
  • Families are encouraged to hold their applause until all graduates walk across the stage to allow everyone’s name to be heard. Please be respectful to all of our students.
  • Guests will be asked to release any reserved seats 15 minutes prior to ceremony start to help us accommodate others. 

Photo Finish

GradImages, your official graduation photographer, will take professional photos at each Commencement activity and send out proofs shortly after your event.

  • At the President's Graduation Celebration: GradImages will take photos with you, your family and friends, and the Ramblin' Wreck 
  • During the ceremony: GradImages will photograph your official graduation portrait, plus close-ups of you crossing the stage
  • Immediately after the ceremony: Grab a photographer to take candid photos of you with family and friends

Proofs of your formal and candid shots will be sent via email the week after your graduation event. You can also visit gradimages.com after the ceremony to view and order your images. 

Wondering where to take photos with your grad after the ceremony?