Wando's 2019 Graduation Resources

Traffic Routes, Detours, and Recommendations

For graduates and families traveling from Highway 41 and north, please use highway 41 to Clements Ferry Road to I-526. Follow the link below for the Google map and directions.


For graduates and families traveling between Highway 41 and Longpoint Road, please use I-526 from the Longpoint exit. Follow the link below for the Google map and directions.


For graduates and families traveling from south of Longpoint Road, please use the Ravenel Bridge to I-26. Follow the link below for the Google map and directions.

Please note, the Google maps do not reflect the travel times for June 5th and 7th.

Useful links to help monitor the traffic

When to leave......the earlier the better

  • Practice begins at 2 pm and will start on time to minimize traffic woes for the return trip to Mt. Pleasant.
    • The recommendation is for students and teachers to carpool and leave no later than 1 pm. We strongly suggest cars leave Mt. Pleasant around 12-12:30, and students eat lunch in the Tanger Outlet area before practice begins. Students need to arrive no later than 1:30 to the North Charleston Coliseum.
  • Graduation will begin at 7:30 pm and students need to arrive around 5:30 pm. Please plan accordingly to accommodate Friday afternoon rush hour traffic. Doors to the Coliseum will open around 5:30 pm to accommodate our families. We strongly suggest you leave earlier in the day and eat and shop around Tanger Outlet.
    • If you plan to arrive earlier, Charleston County School District has reserved a Reception Room in the Exhibit Hall (located directly across from the Coliseum and Performing Arts Center.
      • Room A-1 in the Exhibit Hall will open at 5 pm and close before the ceremony begins.
      • Water, iced tea, coffee and light snacks will be available for graduates and their families.

For more about graduation information, please click here


Every student will be given two parking passes at graduation practice. Due to construction, the coliseum's total parking capacity is 1500 cars. Charleston County School District is providing an overflow parking lot for our use on graduation day.

Overflow Lot Information

  • 3659 West Montague Avenue, North Charleston 29418
    • Before the ceremony shuttle buses we be leaving from this lot every 5 minutes starting at 5 pm
    • Buses will drop you between the PAC and Coliseum. You will meet the buses in this same area after the ceremony.
  • For notification when the coliseum parking lot is full, please join the WHS Senior Class of 2019 Remind101

Montague Overflow Parking Lot Location

Bag Policy for North Charleston Coliseum

Please be aware of the bag policy. If you need additional information please following the link below.

North Charleston Coliseum Bag Policy

Donating Graduation Gowns

If you have a Wando graduation gown hanging in your closet, please consider donating it.

  • June 10th-14th collection boxes will be available in the main offices of both Wando and the Center for Advanced Studies.