Disability Services for Guests

College & School Convocations

Services are available to those attending the college and school convocation ceremonies who may require specific accommodations based on a disability. These services vary depending upon the specific venue in which the convocation ceremony will be held. Those with need of these services are asked to contact the college, school or department representative associated with the specific college or school hosting the convocation at least five days prior to the convocation ceremony.

University-wide Ceremony

Several services are available to those attending the university-wide commencement ceremony who may require specific accommodations based on a disability.

Accommodations for Those Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Sign language interpreting services for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing will be available in a reserved seating section located near the southwest corner of the Commencement stage. Captioning will also be available on the two large screens adjacent to the Commencement stage, on the large screen on the South Mall and on the indoor viewing screens in Hogg Auditorium and in the University Teaching Center, Room 2.112A.

Accommodations for Those with Limited Mobility

A reserved seating section for those requiring wheelchair seating accommodations and for those with limited mobility will be available adjacent to the hedges near the Commencement stage.

Guests in need of this accommodation can be dropped off at the Disability Services station located on the north side of the Tower. Guests with disabilities may also take the Disability Services Shuttle from the San Antonio Garage to the drop-off location. Staff will have wheelchairs available to assist in transporting guests with limited mobility to the reserved seating location. Following the ceremony, staff will also assist guests in returning to the drop-off location. These wheelchairs are available for assisted transport only and not available for use by an individual guest for the duration of the ceremony.

The university is unable to provide wheelchairs for individual use. Those requiring wheelchairs for the duration of a ceremony should plan on making their own accommodations for the equipment prior to arriving on campus.

Due to high demand and limited space, the reserved seating area is restricted to the person with the disability and one guest. Additional members of your party should sit in regular public seating areas.

Reserved Parking and Disability Services Shuttle

Reserved parking for persons with state-issued handicapped permits will be available in the San Antonio Garage (SAG) on San Antonio Street between 24th and 25th Streets. Parking is also available in any handicapped space on campus that is not restricted due to Commencement.

A free Disability Services Shuttle will transport guests with disabilities from the San Antonio Garage to the Disability Services drop-off location. This service will begin at 5 p.m., and continue following the event until all guests have been assisted.

Special Accommodations

If you are attending the university-wide ceremony on the evening of Saturday, May 25 and require special accommodations or have questions, please contact Stephanie Myers, Deputy ADA Coordinator, at 512-471-7107 or smyers@austin.utexas.edu. Accommodation requests should be made at least five days prior to Commencement activities. While every effort will be made, the University may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests.

On Saturday, May 25, information is available by calling the University Police Department at 512-471-4441 or by TDD 512-471-4777.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I have a disabled or elderly passenger who cannot walk very far. What should I do?

A: Drop the passenger off at the Disability Services location. Staff will be available with wheelchairs to assist guests to seating locations reserved for people with disabilities. Following the ceremony, staff will also assist guests in returning to the drop-off location.

Please Note: A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available to transport guests with special needs to the reserved seating section. Wheelchairs are not available for people requiring a wheelchair for the duration of the program. Due to limited space, the reserved seating area is restricted to the person with the disability and two guests. Additional members of your party should sit in regular public seating areas.

Q: I am driving to the ceremony and have a state-issued handicapped parking permit. Where can I park?

A: Reserved parking for persons with state-issued handicapped permits will be available in the San Antonio Garage (SAG) on San Antonio Street between 24th and 25th streets. The Disability Services Shuttle will be available to transport you to the Tower for Commencement.

Q: My family member is deaf or hard of hearing. Will an interpreter or any other accommodations be provided?

A: A reserved seating section for deaf or hard of hearing guests requiring sign language interpreting services will be available near the southwest corner of the Commencement stage. Captioning will also be available on the two large screens adjacent to the stage, on the large screen on the South Mall, and on the indoor viewing screens in Hogg Auditorium and in the University Teaching Center, Room 2.112A.

Q: Where can I find accessible restrooms at the university-wide ceremony?

A: A list of accessible restrooms will be available at Disability Services tables (near Littlefield Fountain and west of the Tower). Buildings adjacent to the Tower and South Mall will have signs directing people to restroom locations available to the public. Locations with accessible restrooms will be identified by signage with the handicapped symbol.