Commencement / Information for Guests

Family and friends of Meredith College's Class of 2017 are invited to celebrate commencement. Guests are welcome at all Commencement Weekend events.

A special reception for graduates and their families will be held on Saturday, May 13, from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in Johnson Hall Rotunda. This is an opportunity to take pictures on campus of graduates in their caps and gowns. Light refreshments will be served.


Doors to J.S. Dorton Arena will open for families and guests of graduates at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are not necessary for Meredith College's 2017 Commencement Ceremony.

Accessible seating is available on the arena floor behind the graduates and faculty.  Requests for accessible seating accommodations may be submitted online here.  An email confirmation will be sent on Friday, May 12 with information regarding the accommodation arrangement.

A limited number of accessible parking spaces are available to guests with a government issued accessible parking placard. Guests needing assistance may also be dropped off using the west entrance (between the Arena and the Jim Graham building).

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Directions to Dorton Arena – Commencement Location

Address: 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

From Meredith College Main campus drive, turn right on to Hillsborough Street to travel West toward Blue Ridge Road. Turn right onto Blue Ridge Road. Turn left at the first intersection onto Trinity Road. Guests will access parking through Gate 9 on the South side of Trinity Road. 

Directions to Campus – Baccalaureate Service Location

The Meredith campus is in west Raleigh. Easy access to the campus is provided by Wade Avenue -- an Interstate 40 connector -- and by US 1/I-440. The Raleigh-Durham International Airport, served by the major airlines, is only eight miles from Meredith.

The directions below guide you to Exit 3, Hillsborough St./Meredith College, on I-440. Turn left off the exit onto Hillsborough Street. At the second traffic light on Hillsborough, turn left into the main entrance to campus. Johnson Hall is straight ahead; there you'll find signs and an information booth for help in locating other facilities.

    From Highway 70 West -- Exit onto I-440 South (US 1 and 64 West); take I-440 to Exit #3.
    From Highway 70 East and I-40 East -- From 70 East, take I-40 West. Follow I-40/ 440 West to Exit 293. East travelers, take I-40/440 West as well. At Exit 293, take I-440 North to Exit #3.
    From I-40 West -- West of Raleigh, follow the Wade Avenue Exit (#289). At the I-440 junction, take I-440 South; stay in right hand lane and take the next exit (#3).
    From US 1 South and 64 West -- 64 West travelers take US 1 North. US 1 will become I-440 North. Follow it to Exit #3.
    From US 64 East -- At the I-440 junction, take I-440 North. Follow it around the western part of the city to Exit #3.
    From US 1 North and 401 North -- At the I-440 junction, take I-440 West to Exit #3.
    From US 401 South -- Take I-440 South; follow I-440 to Exit 293, which becomes I-440 North. Take I-440 North to Exit #3.



Contact Information:

Office of the Provost
(919) 760-8117

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