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Commencement Accessibility Information

Graduates and guests with disabilities or those requiring other accommodations for Commencement on Sunday, May 15, 2022, will find information below on special-needs parking, seating, alternative viewing options and more.

A Special Needs Commencement parking hangtag is required for accessible parking. 

For accessibility information for school convocation ceremonies, please contact the host school. Visit the School Convocation page for a complete schedule.

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    • There are two special-needs parking zones:
      • Scarlet Zone, which is adjacent to the stadium.
      • Livingston Orange Zone, which provides additional special-needs parking near Jersey Mike's Arena and is serviced by a special shuttle bus designated for special-needs guests and one companion. 
    • It is critical to follow the driving directions provided in the parking mailing to access special-needs parking. Once on campus, all roads are not open.  
    • Some on-campus traveling will still be required.
  • Bring Your Own Assistive Device

    • Rutgers University does not supply assistive devices while on campus or at the stadium. If you require a wheelchair or other device for mobility, you must bring it with you. 
    • Please be aware that there will be a considerable amount of on-site travel required to move from the parking lot to your seat in the stadium. If you or your guest(s) require a wheelchair or other device to travel any distance, you must bring it with you.
    • Walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are permitted in SHI stadium.
    • Special-needs seating is designated in the most convenient area which is street level and the adjacent two rows. 
    • These seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once in a seat, event staff will provide individuals and one companion with tickets to sit in the special-needs seating section. 
    • Only one companion may join the special-needs guest in this designated seating area. Other members of your party may sit in rows adjacent to, but not in, the special-needs seating area.
  • Rutgers Commencement is pleased to offer the following interpretation services for our guests with hearing disabilities.

    • Closed captioning will be available on the scoreboard.
    • An American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter will be located in seating section 111.

    For questions related to special-needs accommodations at Commencement, please contact us at (848) 932-2469.

  • Service animals, as defined by the American with Disabilities Act (ADA), are allowed at the ceremony. All other animals are prohibited from Commencement. Visit the ADA website for details.

    • Livestreaming Webcast: View Commencement online on May 15. 
    • Indoor Viewing at Student Centers: Watch Commencement from the comfort of indoor viewing rooms at the Busch Student Center, Livingston Student Center, or College Avenue Student Center.
      • Guests can enjoy a livestream of the ceremony in the comfort of air conditioning and cushioned seats and remain out of the sun and weather.
      • Restrooms and limited concessions will be open.
      • Curbside drop-off to any of these student centers is available as well.
      • No tickets are required, and seating is general admission.
    • COVID-19 precautions will be in effect. Attendees who will be viewing from the indoor viewing rooms will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours prior to the event.

EVENT ACCESSIBILITY STATEMENT

Rutgers University strives for our campus experiences to be universally designed and useable by all people to the extent possible. If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact the Commencement Office at commencement@rutgers.edu or call (848) 932-2496 by May 1, 2022.

If you need an accommodation for Commencement, please provide the name of the event; the date; and the accommodation required in your correspondence to the event organizer.

Rutgers University complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non-discrimination, equal opportunity, affirmative action, and providing reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities.