Choose a ceremony below to see the related accessibility information.
- Undergraduate Commencement - May 12
- Graduate Commencement - May 12
- Stockbridge Commencement - May 13
- School and College Ceremonies - May 12-13
Parking and Lift-Equipped Shuttles for Guests with Disabilities
To minimize the need to travel long distances, guests with limited mobility should be dropped off at one of the designated bus stops regularly serviced by shuttle buses. Guests with HP or V plates/placards or drivers escorting guests with limited mobility may complete the Handicapped Accessible Parking Form to request the closest parking available to the Gate 1/Portal 10 entrance of the stadium. Spaces are limited and preference will be given to those with HP or V plates/placards who register first.
Golf-cart taxis will be available at the stadium’s main gate, near the handicapped parking area at Stadium Gate 1/Portal 10 to help guests with limited mobility get to and from on-field seating and the buses. Following Commencement, guests with limited mobility may be taxied back to their parking lot by golf cart, accessible van or accessible bus.
Complete the Handicapped Accessible Parking Form by April 14, 2017 to request parking for guests with disabilities. You may call 413-545-0892 to submit your information if you do not have access to the online form. You will receive email confirmation of your parking request and a parking pass and information packet will be mailed to you.
Seating for Guests with Disabilities
Limited wheelchair seating on the field is accessible from Gate 1/Portal 10 in the northwest corner of the stadium complex. Folding chairs will be available at the rear of the field for ambulatory guests who cannot climb stairs. This seating is level with (but apart from) that for graduating students. Enter this area from Gate 1/Portal 10.
Guests needing wheelchairs should must arrangements to bring their own; wheelchairs are not provided. Wheelchairs can often be rented from a local medical supply store in your community, but are not available from the University.
Sign or Oral Interpreters
If you or any of your guests require the services of an interpreter, please contact Disability Services via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Commencement Interpreter Request” in the subject line. The deadline for requesting interpreter services is April 11.
The lot adjacent to the Mullins Center is designated for handicap parking. Officers will be on duty during the event to help direct traffic to those specific areas. A state-issued handicapped parking permit suffices for parking in designated accessible spaces on campus. No prior arrangements are needed to ensure handicapped parking.
Preferential Guest Seating
These seats are generally for people who have limited mobility, sight, or hearing. Seating for family members and guests with disabilities will be available in designated sections of the Mullins Center. No prior arrangements need to be made to secure seating in these areas, although it is recommended that you arrive early to secure seating. One companion may accompany guests seated in these sections. Seating for additional family members should be available within close proximity of the preferential seating areas.
Designated wheelchair seating locations are available at every internal entrance to the Mullins Center arena. Guests needing wheelchairs must make arrangements to bring their own; wheelchairs are not provided. Wheelchairs can often be rented from a local medical supply store in your community.
Sign Language/Interpreter Services
If you or any of your guests require the services of an interpreter, please contact Disability Services via email email@example.com with “Graduate Interpreter Request” in the subject line, or by phone (Voice/TTY: 413-545-0892). The deadline for requesting interpreter services is April 14, 2017. If you require any other accommodations, e.g., wheelchair assistance during the ceremony, please contact the Graduate School at 413-545-0722.
Wheelchair entry into Stockbridge Hall is located on the south side of the building. Lift equipped van service will be available upon request. Please call 413-545-2086 for reservations.
If you or any of your guests require the services of an interpreter, please contact Disability Services via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with “Stockbridge Interpreter Request” in the subject line. The deadline for requesting interpreter services is April 14, 2017.
All Senior Recognition Ceremony venues are held in accessible locations. If you or your guests require the services of a sign language interpreter or captioning, please contact Disability Services via email at email@example.com with “Recognition Ceremony Communications Request” in the subject line. The deadline for requesting such accommodations is Friday, April 14, 2017.
Specific information regarding college ceremonies can be found at http://www.umass.edu/commencement/ceremonies/senior-recognition-ceremonies. Contact information for the coordinator of each college ceremony is available, if you have any questions.
Any guest who does not have a handicap placard or plate but will be transporting an elderly or disabled guest may sign up for a handicap accessible parking form which can be used in Lot 22 for the main UMass Commencement on Friday, May 12th and in any handicap parking spot near any of the senior recognition ceremony venues on Friday, May 12th or Saturday, May 13th.