Accessibility Information for Guests with Special Needs or Disabilities

The University Commencement Office coordinates with the Rutgers Office of Disability Services to ensure that our guests enjoy visiting campus for the festivities. For those with disabilities or requiring other accommodations for University Commencement on Sunday, May 17, 2020, below is information on special-needs parking, seating, alternate viewing options, and traveling on campus.

For accessibility information for school convocation ceremonies, please contact the school's main office. For a schedule of school ceremonies, visit the School Convocations page.

Please consider the accommodations below to enjoy a great Commencement experience.

Register for Special-Needs Parking

Guests with special needs may register for a special-needs hangtag. Space is limited.
Register button
 
After registering for special-needs parking, you will receive in the mail: instructions, a hangtag, and a map in early May. The special-needs hangtag will be mailed separately from hangtags in other parking zones. Please bring these with you to Commencement on Sunday, May 17. Some on-campus traveling will still be required. There is no curbside drop-off at the stadium. (For approximate distances, see the "Know Before You Go" box on the left side of this page.)”
  • Know Before You Go: Attending Commencement at SHI Stadium is an exciting time.
    • We want you to be aware that the distance from most parking locations is no less than 1/3 mile and up to 1 1/2 miles to and from the stadium. (See the box on the left/bottom for detailed distance information.)
    • Guests with disabilities requiring special accommodations or who have issues walking up to 1/2 mile must register online for a special-needs parking hangtag to ensure that walking distance is limited. Space for special-needs parking is limited.
    • ​​​Bring Your Own Assistive Device: 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) requires a wheelchair or other device to travel any distance, you must bring it with you. 
  • Registering for a Special-Needs Parking Hangtag
    • If you have a State-Issued Handicapped Parking Placard, you will also need a Commencement special-needs hangtag in order to access designated special-needs parking areas. During the hangtag registration process, you will be asked to enter your placard number.
    • If you do not have a State-Issued Handicapped Parking Placard, please contact the Commencement Office at 848-932-2469.
    • After registering for special-needs parking, you will receive in the mail: instructions, a hangtag, and a map in early May. Please bring these with you to Commencement on Sunday, May 17.

Special-Needs Parking Areas

  • There are two special-needs parking areas that will be assigned to guests requiring it.
  • It is critical to follow the driving directions provided in the parking mailing to access the special-needs parking. Once on campus, all roads are not open.
  • Some on-campus traveling will still be required. (For approximate distances, see the "Know Before You Go" box on the left side of this page.)
For questions related to special-needs accommodations at University Commencement, contact 848-932-2469.

Traveling on Campus with Disabilities and Special Needs

  • Depending on your arrival time at the stadium, you may have a distance to travel from your parking location and then within the stadium itself to the next available special-needs seat, and we want you to be aware of this prior to your arrival.
  • If you require a wheelchair or other device for mobility, you must bring it with you. Walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters are permitted in the stadium, but are not supplied by the university.
  • Please note there will be stadium security and a restricted bag policy that prohibits strollers, umbrellas, balloons, and bags and purses larger than 6.5" x 4.5". 

Special-Needs Seating Information

  • Limited special-needs seating is available at the stadium through any gate.
  • Upon entering the stadium, proceed to the first available special-needs seating on the street-level row, or one or two rows down from this. Event staff will provide individuals and one companion with tickets to sit in the special-needs seating section on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • 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.

For the Hearing Impaired

  • 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 University Commencement, contact us at 848-932-2469.

Service Animals

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

Indoor and Off-Site Viewing Options

Take advantage of these indoor viewing options:
  • Livestreaming Webcast: View University Commencement online from this website on May 17. A high-speed internet connection, such as cable or fiber optic network, is recommended.
  • Indoor Viewing at Student Centers: Watch University Commencement from the comfort of indoor viewing rooms at the Busch Student Center, Livingston Student Center, or College Avenue Student Center. Situated indoors, guests can enjoy watching a live stream of University Commencement and the School of Arts and Sciences Convocation 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.

Attending School Convocations

  • For accessibility information for school convocation ceremonies, please contact the school's main office. For a schedule of school ceremonies, visit the School Convocations page.

We look forward to seeing you at the university as we celebrate the achievements of members of the Class of 2020!