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Commencement: Disability-Related Needs of Degree Candidates and Guests 

Deadline: Friday, May 1, 4:00 pm.

Degree candidates or guests who have disability-related needs requiring assistance for Commencement, should contact Katelyn Ricks in the College Events Office via email at Please include your name, contact information, type of disability, and number of guests who require special arrangements. Special arrangements are not confirmed until she has responded to your request. Disability accommodations cannot be guaranteed after this deadline.

All degree candidates and their guests must provide their own wheelchairs, if needed.

Any attendee displaying the official state disability placard will be directed to a specially designated parking lot.

For those without wheelchairs but with mobility concerns, a golf cart will be transporting people from the specially designated parking lot to the Commencement location on Holmgren Meadow and another from the car/van drop off in front of the Olin Library to Holmgren Meadow. Vans and golf carts will also be transporting people from various parking areas to the drop off area in front of the library. Advise guests to allow extra time if they wish to use the golf cart option.

Tip: There are shade trees in the open area behind regular seating, next to the water station. Guests are welcome to bring blankets or lawn chairs and sit in this area. We also strongly recommend that guests wear hats for protection from the sun or rain.

Transitions: THE event for all graduating seniors

General Information
Commencement Overview
January Grads

Academic Requirements
Graduation Application
Final Examinations/Theses
Transfer Credit Deadlines
Deadline for Incompletes
Failing Last Semester Course
Conferral of Degree
Honors and Awards

Financial Requirements
Mandatory Exit Loan Counseling

Preparing to Leave
Senior Survey
Expiration of Computing Accounts
Library Deadlines
Health Insurance after Degree Completion

Preparing for the Commencement Ceremony
Academic Regalia
Student Speakers
Walking Cards

You and Your Guests
Seating Information
What to Wear
Disability Needs
Lost and Found
Photographing Commencement
Private Parties on Campus

Contact Information

College Events
Mills Hall 117
P: 510.430.2100

Last Updated: 2/11/15