Guest Information

Families, friends and guests are an integral part of commencement day celebrations for Radford University students. Visitors for commencement day are encouraged to read the following information in order to know what to expect on your student's big day. Use the links below for more information.

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Parking & Shuttle Map

Regular routes for the Radford Transit will not be operating on Dec. 16. However, in order to accommodate commencement attendees, two shuttles will continuously run from Lots CC, Z, E and U (all across the bridge toward the Dedmon Center) to Lot A (Preston Hall) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Handicapped parking will be in Lot A. An additional third shuttle will be making the regular stops around campus.

Lodging

There are many places to stay near Radford University. Check out these lodging options. Make sure to plan well in advance - local hotels fill up quickly.

Directions

Radford is just 36 miles southwest of the city of Roanoke, Virginia, and within easy driving distance of many mid-East Coast metropolitan areas. Richmond is only a three and a half hour drive, while Washington, D.C., and the Tidewater area are only about four and a half hours away.

By Car:
From Interstate 81, take Exit 109 onto Route 177/Tyler Avenue into Radford. At the third traffic light, turn right onto Jefferson Street. At the next traffic light, turn left onto East Main Street. The main university entrance will be on your left, at the intersection with University Drive. 

Travel By Air or By Bus:
Roanoke Regional Airport and Greyhound Bus Lines provide connections to cities throughout the country. From the airport, take Interstate 581-North to Interstate 81-South and follow the directions for traveling by car. Advance reservations for limousine service to and from the airport may be made by calling Blacksburg Limousine Service at (540) 951-3973.

Nearby Airports:
Several other airports are within driving distance of Radford University. Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is two and a half hours away in Charlotte, N.C., and Richmond International Airport is three and a half hours away in Richmond, Virginia.

Tickets for the Ceremony

  • Each graduating student will receive six tickets for their specific ceremony. Tickets are specific to the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ceremonies.
  • Tickets will be color-coded to indicate the ceremony time.
  • Graduating students are responsible for obtaining tickets for their family and guests and distributing them to those individuals.
  • No extra tickets are available; therefore, students who do not plan to use all of the allocated tickets are encouraged to share with peers who are seeking additional tickets. Remember that the tickets are specific to the 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ceremonies.

Schedule of Events

Please review the Commencement Weekend Schedule of Events to plan your activities. In doing so, remember that while start-times are firm, it is difficult to anticipate when events will end. It is a good idea to remain as flexible as possible and leave a sufficient time buffer in scheduling post-graduation festivities.

Ceremony Guidelines

  • If there is available seating after all ticket holders are seated, guests without tickets may be allowed to enter and be seated as space allows. Ticket holders should arrive at the auditorium no later than 10 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.
  • For the comfort of all of our guests, children (excluding infants) must have a ticket. Infants will be allowed to sit on the lap of a family member.
  • Commencement is a special celebration for graduates and guests. To keep it enjoyable and meaningful for all, we ask that all graduates and members of the audience remain seated throughout the entire ceremony.

Photography Information

  • A professional photographer will photograph each graduate as they cross the stage at the individual college ceremonies and the hooding ceremony. Proofs and order forms will be mailed to each graduate after the event.
  • Photography and other recording may be done only from the seating areas. We also ask that guests not approach the front of the auditorium for photographs as this area must be kept clear to ensure a smooth procession of individual graduates.

Live Streaming

The ceremonies will be streamed live. On the day of ceremonies, visit www.radford.edu to find a link to the live stream.

Inclement Weather

December weather is always difficult to predict. We will monitor the forecast carefully and if severe weather appears likely to impact the ceremonies, we will provide regular updates via email to our graduating students. Any changes to the commencement schedules will also be available on this website, online at www.radford.edu and on Public Radio WVRU. Updates will also be available via social media on Radford University’s Facebook and Twitter sites.