Congratulations on your graduation!

We understand that this is a significant event for you, and we will make every effort to assure that your guests have a pleasant experience as they celebrate your accomplishments.

Please read the following information carefully.

A campus map identifying buildings and parking areas can be found at

PLEASE NOTE: The balcony level accessible seating will be reserved for individuals with disabilities until 15 minutes before the ceremony at which time they will be released for general seating. Please ask your guests to arrive early to be assured of an accessible seat.


The East Deck has a number of handicap-designated parking spaces; however, PLEASE NOTE that the entrance to the East Deck is through a narrow lobby area where the deck elevator is located. After graduation, this area stays congested with pedestrian traffic for quite a long time, and it's difficult to get through the lobby to the Deck. In addition, there is no shuttle service from the Deck to the Convocation Center.

Guests with disabilities may prefer to park in the Visitor Parking Lot. Shuttles will carry guests with limited mobility from Visitor Parking to the entrance to the Convocation Center. The shuttles cannot carry wheelchairs or scooters.


The main entrance to the Convocation Center goes directly to the balcony-level accessible seating area. Guests who use wheelchairs or other mobility devices should use the areas located along the balcony. Guests with service animals should also be seated along the balcony; service animals may not be kept on the steps in the seating areas because of emergency exit restrictions. One companion may sit with the guest on the balcony level. The row of seats immediately in front of the balcony will be reserved for family members who would like to sit close to the wheelchair user. Up to four family members may use this family seating.

Guests with disabilities who are able to maneuver one or two steps may sit in the row of seats immediately in front of the balcony level. Four other guests attending with them are asked to sit in the next rows down in order to have enough accessible seating for everyone. Our goal is to allow families to sit together as much as possible while at the same time assuring that all access needs are met.


Sign language interpreting is available at all ceremonies. Guests who need sign language services are asked to sit in Section 105 in the front two rows which are reserved until 15 minutes before the ceremony begins.

Captioning of all graduation ceremonies is available online at and may be accessed by any handheld device capable of accessing the internet (smartphone, laptop, etc.).

Assistive listening devices may be checked out at the information table as you enter the Convocation Center.

Programs in electronic format will be available on the Commencement website.

If you have other access needs that are not addressed here, please contact University Events at 770-423-6252.

Again, congratulations on your academic accomplishments.