** See below for an important note about graduations taking place Friday, June 6, to Sunday, June 8.**
Families, we welcome you to our graduation ceremonies. You can view the 2014 graduation schedule here. The follow guidelines apply to all ceremonies:
- Graduates must be at the graduation services at least one hour before graduation.
- No one without an admission ticket will be admitted to a graduation ceremony.
- Doors open to parents and guests 45 minutes prior to the ceremony.
- Do not bring any balloons, glass containers, wrapped packages or noisemakers of any kind.
- Please be considerate of all graduates and hold applause as required by the schools.
For graduations taking place in downtown Raleigh, ceremonies will impact traffic and parking. Please allow plenty of time to park and arrive at the ceremony.
The parking spaces located along McDowell Street adjacent to the Convention Center under the ‘Shimmer Wall’ will be reserved for passenger drop-off for the duration of the graduation schedule. Golf carts will be available at the drop-off area and nearby parking garages to transport those people having difficulty walking long distances to the doors of the Convention Center and/or Duke Energy Center.
NOTE: Graduations taking place Friday, June 6 – Sunday, June 8 in downtown Raleigh:
Students from 12 high schools will attend graduation ceremonies at the Raleigh Convention Center during this weekend. But participants should be aware that several other downtown events will contribute to heavy traffic and limited parking from Friday, June 6 through Sunday, June 8.
Tips for families and staff:
- Plan ahead. Allow significant time for traffic and parking.
- Carpool. Share a ride from home or school and save on gas and parking.
- Bring a parking map. Find more information on parking availability and costs on the City of Raleigh ParkLink website, and download a parking map. (PDF)
- The parking spaces located along McDowell Street adjacent to the Raleigh Convention Center under the ‘Shimmer Wall’ will be reserved for passenger drop-off (see above).
- Practice patience and watch for pedestrians. Thousands of students and patrons of other events will be on sidewalks and crosswalks. Pedestrians should observe crossing signals to stay safe.
Graduations are just one of the big-ticket events in downtown Raleigh this weekend:
- Friday, June 6: Red Hat Amphitheater will host a concert and Duke Energy Center will hold a comedy performance. Expect the Raleigh Convention Center and Wake County parking deck across from Red Hat Amphitheater to fill up quickly.
- Saturday, June 7: The 200 block of Fayetteville Street (between Martin and Hargett streets) will be closed for a corn hole tournament.
- Sunday, June 8: Thousands of people are anticipated at the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo, which covers a half-mile of Fayetteville Street. Surrounding streets will also be closed.