Family and Friends of Graduates

Family and Friends of Graduates

High School and University Commencement will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person. The live stream link of the commencement ceremony will be on the homepage on the day of commencement.

Ceremony Dates & Times

High School Commencement

2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem.

High School Ceremony

University Commencement

10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2024, at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem.

University Ceremony

UNCSA podium


Everyone attending a UNCSA Commencement ceremony must have a ticket. Graduating students request tickets for their guests. Those tickets are emailed to the graduating students' UNCSA artist email addresses.

Each guest needs an electronic or printed copy of their ticket. No one without a ticket will admitted to the event.

Commencement Ticket Info

parking sign


High School & University Commencement Parking

Parking near the Benton Convention Center includes the Marriott Winston-Salem parking deck, the City of Winston-Salem’s 6th/Cherry-Trade Parking Deck and on-street parking spaces. Carpooling is encouraged.

Commencement Parking Info

UNCSA sign in front of the Winston-Salem skyline

Accommodations and Airports

Traveling to Winston-Salem for commencement? Find information about airports and hotels — many of which offer discounts for UNCSA visitors — near our commencement locations.

Accommodation & airport into

Guests sitting at UNCSA commencment

Arrival & Seating

Families and friends of graduates should arrive 45 minutes to an hour prior to the commencement ceremony. Doors will open 40 minutes before the ceremony.

Seating for guests will be general admission. Guests of graduates should plan to arrive together to be seated together. Do not leave empty seats between seating parties as this will delay seating all of the ticketed guests.

High School Ceremony

University Ceremony

UNCSA graduates taking photos at commencement


Parents may take pictures during and after the ceremony. There will be two picture stations set up that families can use to take individual or family pictures.

Photo Specialties will take two photographs of each student as they cross the stage. The first will be on stage when they are handed their diploma and the second will be a posed picture after they cross the stage. These photos will be sent to parents and will be available for purchase.

hadicap parking space


If you need accommodations at a commencement ceremony, please contact Russell Scott at or 336-721-1945(opens in new tab)(opens in new tab)(opens in new tab).

Requests must be made within 72 business hours of the event. Be sure to include your name and contact information, so we may contact you.