Parking & Arrival Information

Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum Parking (LJVM)

2825 University Pkwy, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

  • Parking lots for diploma ceremonies will open 1 hour before the ceremony start time.
  • Doors open 30 minutes before the ceremony start time.
  • Faculty should plan to arrive 1 hour before ceremony starts.
  • Uber drivers will enter through the main entrance off University Parkway, drop off in front of the monuments next to the administration building area next to the Mountain Dew Lot (there is a little cutout next to the monuments they pull into). Uber drivers will exit out of the Mountain Dew Lot onto Deacon Blvd.

Faculty Information

Park in the Mountain Dew Lot. You may enter via either University Parkway or Deacon Blvd.

Graduates (if not riding with ceremony guests)

Park in the Mountain Dew Lot. You may enter via either University Parkway or Deacon Blvd.

Guest parking (graduates riding with their guests)

Saturday, May 15

School of Medicine Hooding Ceremony (7 p.m.)

  • Park in the Pepsi Lot, enter via University Parkway

Sunday, May 16

School of Business Diploma Ceremony (8:30 a.m.)

  • Park in the Pepsi Lot. Enter via University Parkway.

Bachelor of Science Diploma Ceremony (11 a.m.)

Bachelor of Arts Diploma Ceremony 1 (1:30 p.m.)

  • Park in the Pepsi Lot. Enter via University Parkway

Bachelor of Arts Diploma Ceremony 2 (4 p.m.)

School of Divinity Hooding Ceremony (7 p.m.)

  • Park in the Pepsi Lot. Enter via University Parkway.

Monday, May 17

School of Law Hooding Ceremony (9 a.m.)

  • Park in the Pepsi Lot. Enter via University Parkway.

School of Business Hooding Ceremony (12 p.m.)

Graduate School Hooding Ceremony (3 p.m.)

  • Park in the Pepsi Lot. Enter via University Parkway

Truist Field Parking

499 Deacon Blvd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105

  • Parking lots for the Commencement Celebration at Truist Field will open at 6:30 p.m.
  • Students and guests may park in the Gold, Orange, and Blue lots.
  • Gates will open at 7 p.m.
  • Students and guests should be in their seats by 8 p.m.
  • Tailgating is prohibited.
  • Uber drivers will enter through the main entrance off Deacon Blvd. and drop off in front of McCreary Tower.

Arrival Information

Graduates (LJVM)

  • Important: Please make sure to arrive 1 hour before ceremony starts.
  • Tailgating is not currently allowed under Wake Forest Athletics policy. Guests and graduates must promptly depart the parking areas after the conclusion of their ceremony so that we may prepare for the arrival of guests for the next ceremony.
  • Graduates may not bring in any food or drink. Bottled water will be provided for graduates at their seats.
  • Enter the coliseum through the Allegacy entrance (at the Mountain Dew lot; to the left when approaching the main coliseum entrance) only. This entrance is for graduates and faculty ONLY. All other guests should enter through the main coliseum entrance.
  • All graduates will be directed to a roped off portion of the concourse and will assemble and line up in this area.
  • University Registrar and WFU staff will be distributing Name & Lineup Cards. You need to pick up your card and begin lining up no later than one hour before the start time of your diploma ceremony.
  • Each graduate will be given their name card and will be lined up alphabetically.
  • Graduates must hold on to their name card through the processional, while seated, and take the card to the platform. Just before crossing the platform, the graduate will hand off the name card for their name to be read.
  • After handing off the name card, graduates may remove their mask if they choose to do so. As their name is called, graduates will cross the stage and meet the President midway for an elbow bump, a health and safety measure this year to replace the traditional hand shake.They will then receive their diploma from the Dean just before exiting the stage. After exiting the stage, there will be a backdrop for the diploma photo by a professional photographer. Immediately after the photo, graduates will need to re-mask. Graduates will then return to their seats.

Graduates (Truist)

  • You will need to wear your cap and gown to enter the field.
  • You may not bring in any food or drink. Bottled water will be provided for Graduates at their seats.
  • Enter Truist Field through the vehicle gates on either side of Bridger Field House (Shown here with yellow stars to mark gates). You will be directed by event staff to your seat on the field.
  • Leave bags in your car and be ready to go through the metal detector.
  • Makes are optional but encouraged. Maintain social distancing.
  • You will not be able to join your guests in the stands, and guests will not be able to access the field. Make plans to meet them in the parking lot after the ceremony.
  • Due to COVID protocols, you will not be able to stay and take pictures.

Attire

  • Cap & gown; by tradition, caps and gowns at Wake Forest are not decorated.
  • Consider carefully your choice of shoes. Stairs will be part of the processional, recessional, and entering and exiting the diploma platform.
  • Wake Forest is encouraging attendees not to bring a bag. All bags will be searched before entering.
  • It may be helpful to have your mobile device with you. If your guests have ticket issues or questions, they may need to contact you.
  • Masks are encouraged but optional. Solid-colored masks or masks with a Wake Forest themed print are preferred.
  • Graduates will be allowed to remove their mask if wearing one while crossing the stage. There will be a photo backdrop with professional photographer on the floor at the stage exit. After the diploma photo is taken, graduates may then re-mask if they choose to.


Guests

  • Park in the assigned lot dependent upon ceremony.
  • Doors to the coliseum open 30 minutes prior to the ceremony start.
  • Guests are recommended to be in their seats 10 minutes before the start of the ceremony.
  • Tailgating is not currently allowed under Wake Forest Athletics policy. We ask that guests and graduates promptly depart the parking areas after the conclusion of their ceremony so that we may prepare for the arrival of guests for the next ceremony.
  • No food or drink can be brought into the facilities, and concession stands will not be open. Guests may bring in one factory-sealed water bottle.
  • Wake Forest is encouraging guests not to bring a bag. All bags will be searched before entering.
  • Guests will enter the coliseum from the main doors at the front of the building.
  • Guests with assigned seating in sections 103 – 108 should enter through the west lobby. Guests with assigned seating in sections 118 – 123 should enter through the east lobby.
  • Please proceed directly to your seats, maintaining 6 feet of distance between you and other guests.
  • Ticket holders must sit in their reserved seats and may not move seats to sit closer to or interact with attendees located in other seating clusters.
  • Following the event, please promptly exit the LJVM Coliseum, always maintaining 6’ of social distance between you and the next ticket pair.
  • Guests will not exit until all graduates and faculty have exited the building.
  • After the ceremony, plan to meet your student at your car; do not gather in the concourse or immediately outside the venue so that social distance can be maintained.
  • Each undergraduate will receive 2 printed commemorative programs, with the honors and distinctions included, by mail in late May. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accommodate requests for additional hard copies; however, we will add the commemorative program as a PDF & digital Flipbook to the Commencement website.
  • The Wake Forest Bookstore will be set up for sales (including flowers) outside the Coliseum. Any gifts for graduates should remain in vehicles.
  • There will not be an opportunity to visit with graduates inside the Coliseum. All faculty, graduates, and guests will be directed to promptly exit the Coliseum at the conclusion of the diploma ceremony. The Coliseum needs to be cleaned and prepared for the next ceremony.

Additional Information

  • The graduate will receive the two digital tickets for the diploma ceremony and the two digital tickets for the evening celebration. Tickets may be printed in advance to use for entry or guests may show the ticket on a device. Tickets will only be able to be scanned one time. Guests need to receive tickets directly from the graduate.

Please do not bring extra family members to the venue to ask for an extra ticket.

  • We will not have extra tickets available; two tickets is the limit for each graduate. Guests must sit in the seat indicated on their ticket. Ushers will be checking tickets to ensure guests are seated in the correct seats in an effort to comply with current COVID protocols.
  • Bringing people who do not have a ticket will slow down the process of admitting guests, and with so many ceremonies, it is important that all events start on time.  People who arrive without a ticket will be asked to return to their vehicles

Public health requirements

  • Everyone attending commencement events is expected to self-monitor for any symptoms of illness and to not attend events if not feeling well. Guests who are currently in quarantine or isolation, who are awaiting the results of a COVID test, and/or who are experiencing COVID symptoms are not allowed to attend Commencement events in person.
  • Face masks are required for all diploma and hooding ceremonies taking place at LJVM, but are optional (but encouraged) during the commencement celebration at Truist Field. Please refer to the venue information page for mask specifications; note that gaiters are not allowed.
  • Guests must maintain six feet of social distance from others (except for the other guest with whom they are attending the event), regardless of vaccination status. This applies to parking lots, lines to enter venues, restrooms, common spaces, etc.
  • Guests must follow all posted signs and instructions.
  • All COVID-19 requirements will be enforced at the discretion of Wake Forest staff, Wake Forest University Police Department, and the Winston-Salem Police Department. Wake Forest University reserves the right to remove or refuse entry to any person for any reason.

LJVM Parking Map

2021 Commencement Parking

Truist Field Parking Map

Truist Field Parking Map