The inauguration of William J. Mckinney Ph.D. Ninth President of Valdosta State University


Campus Map and Parking

Travel and Accommodations

Class Schedule & Business Hours for April 5

Media Resources


Campus Maps and Parking

Experience Valdosta State - Campus Tours

Get acquainted with Valdosta State during your visit. Take a walk to see the highlights that are hard to miss, such as our newly renovated Ashley Hall, as well as the hidden gems that students and alumni treasure. We suggest visiting one or more of these buildings or taking a walking group tour with a guide. A guided tour will be offers after the Investiture Ceremony at 2:00 PM. Click here to view a campus map. Facilities included on campus tours include the Bailey Science Center, Campus Recreation Center, the  James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education, the Fine Arts Building, the Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration, Odum Library, Psychology Building, Student Union, University Center and West Hall.


Delegate/Dignitary Parking

Delegates and Dignitaries invited to the breakfast before the ceremony will have the option of taking a shuttle from the University Center to Nevins Hall. The shuttle will return guests to the University Center at the conclusion of the reception.

For those wishing to attend the Investiture Ceremony, please plan on arriving on campus no later than 9:30 AM.  Please contact Anthony Bryant to receive your Delegate/Dignitary parking pass either electronically or by mail. 


Guest Parking

All guests planning to attend the Investiture Ceremony should plan on arriving on campus no later than 9:30 AM to ensure that you are able to secure a seat before the ceremony begins.

Guests should park in the Oak St. Parking Deck and take the shuttle that will deliver you to the site of the Investiture Ceremony. The shuttle will be available to return guests to the Oak St. Parking Deck immediately after the ceremony and until the end of the reception.


Campus Parking

Parking for all inaugural events is available in the Oak Street Parking Deck and Lot located on the corner of Baytree Road and Oak Street.

Additional parking is available in the Sustella Parking Deck located on Sustella Avenue behind the Student Recreation Center.

Guest parking will be complimentary from Monday, April 1 through Friday, April 5.

Get custom driving directions to campus using your starting point or go to the visit Valdosta State University for more visitor information.


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Travel Accommodations


The following hotels are offering special rates for Valdosta State University guests. When making a reservation, please mention the room block designated for Valdosta State University’s Presidential Inauguration. Shuttle service will be provided from these hotels to campus on Friday, April 5.

Courtyard by Marriott Valdosta

Drury Inn & Suites

Fairfield Inn & Suites Valdosta

Hampton Inn & Suites Valdosta/Conference Center

Hilton Garden Inn Valdosta

Holiday Inn Conference Center - Valdosta

Shuttle Transportation

Complimentary shuttles will be available to take you to and from the Valdosta State University campus for Inauguration events. 

Getting to Campus

Investiture Ceremony and Reception Friday, April 5
10:00 AM Investiture Ceremony, West Hall Front Lawn

(Seating begins at 9:00 AM; delegates and ceremony participants report at 9:00 AM)
If you are a delegate not participating in the delegate breakfast at the University Center, please plan to ride to campus on the 8:30 AM shuttle to report for the 9:00 AM procession preparation.

12:00 - 1:00 PM Reception, West Hall Front Lawn. Shuttle service will begin at 8:30 AM and run until 9:45 AM

2:00 - 3:00 PM Campus Tours

Returning to your Hotel

After each event, volunteers on campus will direct you to the proper location for picking up a shuttle to return to your hotel. Shuttles will be on site for the duration of the events.

Shuttle Service

Shuttle service will begin 90 minutes before the event start time and run approximately every 15 minutes. Plan to be ready in the lobby of your hotel, and a volunteer from Valdosta State will escort you from the lobby to the shuttle. For questions about shuttle service, please contact the shuttle coordinator, Anthony Bryant at Valdosta State University at 229-293-7275.

Taxi Service

If you need individual taxi service during your visit, we recommend the following company:


Fine Dining

306 North

306 N Patterson St 
(229) 249-5333

Bleu Cafeé

125 N Patterson St  
(229) 244-2248

The Bistro Restaurant & Bar

132 N Ashley St 
(229) 253-1253

Guilios Greek & Italian Restaurant

105 E Ann St 
(229) 333-0929

Mom & Dads Italian Restaurant

4143 N Valdosta Rd 
(229) 333-0848

Mori Japanese Steakhouse

1709 Norman Dr,

(229) 244-5299

Southern Landing

4479 N Valdosta Rd 
(229) 247-0366

Steel Magnolias

132 N. Patterson Street

(229) 259-0010

Two Friends Cafeé & Market

3338 Country Club Rd 
(229) 242-3282



1301 St Augustine Rd
(229) 241-9933

3254 Inner Perimeter Rd
(229) 257-0003

Atlanta Bread Company 

1531 Baytree Rd  
(229) 259-9969

Austin’s Cattle Company Steakhouse

2101 W Hill Ave  
(229) 259-9333

Baytree Pizza

607 Baytree Rd,

(229) 253-0634

Bleu Pub

116 W Hill Ave

(229) 219-2289

Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar

1553 Baytree Rd  
(229) 241-7246

Cheddar’s Casual Cafeé

270 Norman Dr  
(229) 247-5551


1700 Baytree Rd  
(229) 244-8604


310 N Patterson St  
(229) 242-2261

Cracker Barrel

1195 St Augustine Rd  
(229) 244-5258

Creekside Tavern & Grill

1405 Gornto Rd  
(229) 293-7377

El Cazador Mexican Restaurant

1600 N Ashley St  
(229) 333-0554


El Toreo Mexican Restaurant

1713 Gornto Rd  
(229) 259-0444

Ichiban Japanese Steakhouse

2965 N Ashley St  
(229) 249-9010

Jessies Eats & Treats

111 W Central Ave  
(229) 247-4670

Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches 

1337 Baytree Rd  
(229) 333-9747

Las Banderas Mexican Restaurant

904 Baytree Rd  
(229) 245-9797

Longhorn Steakhouse

1110 St Augustine Rd 
(229) 333-0100

Olive Garden

1315 St Augustine Rd  
(229) 244-9990

Outback Steakhouse

1824 Club House Dr

(229) 242-4329

Red Lobster

1179 N St Augustine Rd  
(229) 244-7587

Rodeo Mexican Restaurant

2801 N Ashley St  
(229) 671-1866

Ruby Tuesday

1700 Norman Dr  
(229) 247-8947

Smokin Pig BBQ

4228 N Valdosta Rd  
(229) 245-8227

Sureste Mexican Restaurant

3209 N Oak Street Extension  
(229) 249-0057

Texas Roadhouse

1874 Club House Dr 
(229) 242-7700

The Wedge

607 Baytree Rd



1102 North Saint Augustine Road



The Bistro Restaurant  & Bar

132 N Ashley St  
(229) 253-1253

Cracker Barrel

1195 St Augustine Rd  
(229) 244-5258

Elliano’s Coffee

1343 Baytree Rd
(229) 249-3295

Huddle House

419 Northside Dr  
(229) 245-8511

International House of Pancakes

1821 W Hill Ave  
(229) 249-8444

Starbucks Coffee

1305 St Augustine Rd
(229) 241-0771

Waffle House

3120 N Patterson St
(229) 671-9292

1302 St Augustine Rd
(229) 242-0680

1819 W Hill Ave
(229) 245-8513

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Class Schedule & Business Hours for April 5

Faculty have been encouraged to develop alternative assignments for classes that are scheduled to be conducted on Friday, April 5 between 8:00 AM and 1:00 PM so that faculty and students may attend Dr. McKinney’s investiture ceremony and reception. If students are uncertain as to whether or not their classes will be held on April 5, they will need to contact their professors.

In honor of Dr. McKinney’s investiture ceremony, all Valdosta State University’s offices will be closed from 9:30 AM until 1:00 PM on Friday, April 5.


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Media Resources

News releases on Dr. McKinney

Media inquires should be directed to Director of Communications Thressea H. Boyd at or 229-333-2157.


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