CCSD Graduation/Commencement Information

Commencement Venue Information

Kennesaw State University Convocation Center


Kennesaw State University is located near the intersection of Interstate 75 and Chastain Road. Commencement will be held in the Convocation Center (building #2 on the campus map). Guests will enter the Convocation Center through the Atrium doors on the North side of the building (opposite of the East Parking Deck).

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Parking

Parking is available on the Kennesaw State University campus. Kennesaw State charges a PARKING FEE OF $10.00 PER VEHICLE. Drivers should be prepared to pay with cash and bring exact change to enter the lot quickly and keep traffic moving.

Parking Locations

Graduates Central Parking Deck (#42 on campus map)
Guests with Disabilities or
Requiring Special Assistance
Lot A or Lot B -- Assistance to and from the Convocation Center will be available for guests.
All Other Guests East Parking Deck (#9 on campus map)
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East Parking Lot (across Frey Road from the East Deck

Getting There

From the North: Take I-75 South to Chastain Road (Exit 271). Turn right on Chastain Road and then right at the first traffic light (Frey Road). The entrance to the parking lots is at the first traffic light on Frey Road.

From the South: Take I-75 North to Chastain Road (Exit 271). Turn left on Chastain Road and then right at the second traffic light (Frey Road). The entrance to the parking lots is at the first traffic light on Frey Road.

From the West: Take Chastain Road to Frey Road. Turn left on Frey Road. The entrance to the parking lots is at the first traffic light on Frey Road.

From the East: Take Chastain Road to Frey Road (first road past I-75). Turn right on Frey Road. The entrance to the parking lots is at the first traffic light on Frey Road.

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Tickets & Entry

Tickets are required for ALL persons entering. Tickets are allocated and distributed by the graduating student's school. Guest entry is through the Atrium doors on the North side of the building (refer to campus map). The doors will open 45 minutes prior to the start of each ceremony.


Required Bag Check

In accordance with KSU requirements, all persons entering the Convocation Center MUST submit all bags and packages for inspection by public safety personnel. Please do not bring any packages that cannot be opened or inspected. Also, please allow extra time for entry as there may be delays.


Guest Information

Commencement is an exciting occasion for the graduates, their families and guests. Please follow these guidelines and be considerate of other guests so that everyone may have a memorable experience:

  • Plan to arrive on time. Late arrivals are disruptive to other guests and the graduates.
  • There will be a high volume of traffic entering and leaving campus in addition to normal traffic which varies by the time of day. Please plan to arrive early to allow plenty of time to find a parking spot, walk to the Convocation Center and locate a seat. Please keep in mind that most people coming for each school's ceremony will be coming from the same general direction.
  • Saving seats in the Convocation Center is not permitted. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • There is no provision at the ceremony for storing personal items such as purses, briefcases, back packs, etc.
  • Balloons and signs are not permitted within the venue.
  • Strollers are not permitted in the arena. Strollers brought into the venue must be left along a wall in the lobby. The district and its schools are not responsible for strollers left in the lobby.
  • The use of tripods, monopods, selfie-sticks and other camera stabilizing devices is not permitted.
  • All aisles, stairwells and doorways must remain clear at all times.
  • Guests are not permitted forward of the rope line on the arena floor; this area is reserved for graduates and processing faculty only.
  • Guests are not permitted in the graduate line-up area.
  • Please silence all cell phones prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • Parents, family members and other guests are encouraged to meet their graduate on the Campus Green following the ceremony (refer to campus map).

Guest Assistance

Information about accommodations for guests with disabilities and elderly guests requiring special assistance:

  • The Convocation Center is fully ADA accessible.
  • Parking for guests with disabilities and those with limited mobility is available in Lot A & Lot B (refer to campus map).
  • Guests with disabilities, limited mobility and elderly guests needing special assistance may enter through the designated door beginning one hour prior to the start of each ceremony. Early admission will be granted to the person needing assistance and one (1) companion only. All other guests may enter the Convocation Center beginning 45 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • Tickets are required of all guests to be admitted to the Convocation Center.
  • Once inside the Convocation Center, any guest needing special accommodations (such as wheelchair seating) may sit in designated areas or any accessible seating, on either level, on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • One companion may sit with the guest needing special assistance in designated seating areas. This limit is imposed so that the needs of all persons needing special accommodations may be served.
  • Ushers will be available at the doors and throughout the Convocation Center to assist guests needing special assistance.
  • If you have need for accommodations beyond parking, early entry and/or seating, please contact the graduating student's school to discuss your needs.

Have a question? Contact us by e-mail: events@cobbk12.org


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