Some hotels close to our campus offer special rates for Oglethorpe University guests. See the full list of our Petrel Partners.


If you are unfamiliar with the Atlanta area and are driving to Commencement, review our location and get driving directions.

Some local hotels may offer a shuttle service that can be used to take you back and forth from Oglethorpe University. Ask your hotel concierge or front desk staff for details.

If you choose to stay in downtown Atlanta or in the Buckhead area, the Oglethorpe campus is convenient by taxi or Uber from the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe MARTA station. Please allow time to call a cab company from the station, as there may not be a cab line on Saturday morning. The Checker Cab Company can be reached at 404.351.1111.

Day-Of Parking and Disability Services

  • Parking will be ably handled and directed by Campus Safety and DeKalb County police officers; overflow parking is directed to the two churches adjacent to Oglethorpe. Graduates must check in by 8 a.m., and guests should be seated no later than 8:50 a.m.; be sure to allow ample time for parking and walking to the ceremony site. There will be shuttles and golf carts on site to transport elderly guests from distant parking spots.

    For guests using a wheelchair, walker, or any other mobility-assistance device, the closest point of access to the ceremony location is the circular drive at the front of campus. Campus Safety personnel can direct you to this drop-off point and then redirect you to nearby parking. For ease of parking and seating, it is strongly advised that guests who require mobility-assistance arrive on campus at least 45 minutes before the ceremony begins.

    Please note that Oglethorpe does not provide onsite wheelchairs. However, if you are interested in renting a wheelchair you may do so through ADA Medical Supply. Be sure to reserve your wheelchair at least 1 week in advance.

    If you require any disability-related accommodations, please submit your need for this accommodation no later than Saturday May 5th, 2018. Accommodation requests can be submitted by emailing Also, be sure to keep in mind that there will be shuttles and golf carts in service to provide additional support.

    If you have any specific questions regarding a disability accommodation, please email

Atlanta Activities

Your graduating family member is your best resource for recommendations, but if you prefer to find your own, or want to arrange a special surprise, you might try browsing our list of Atlanta-area places of interest for some spots that our students have grown fond of.

If you prefer to browse on your own for something near Oglethorpe University, local neighborhoods include Brookhaven, Buckhead, Chamblee, Doraville, and Dunwoody, Sandy Springs. The nearby Perimeter Mall, Lenox Mall, and Phipps Plaza shopping districts also boast many fine dining options.