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ADA Access for Commencement

There is no reserved seating at Commencement. If you expect to need assistance, please plan to arrive early to secure adequate seating. Seating at Commencement is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

No tickets are required if the Commencement is held outside. There is no limit to the number of guests you may bring. If poor weather conditions prevail and Commencement exercises are moved indoors, each guest must produce a ticket to gain entry to the Johnson Fitness Center. See the “Tickets” section below for more information.

ASL Interpretation Services: There will be a sign-language interpreter at the Commencement ceremony. If you need direct sightline seating, please contact the Campus Events Office at (410)778-7888 by Friday, May 11.

Outdoor Ceremony Information 

ADA Seating (Outdoor Ceremony): Accessible seating areas will be set aside to accommodate guests with disabilities and one companion. Seating in these areas is general and unreserved. Wheelchair spaces with companion seating are dispersed throughout the Commencement site’s general seating area. Please note that all seating areas are in the grass. Washington College does not provide wheelchairs. Ushers will help guide individuals to the designated area, and they will be available to assist attendees in any emergency.

Simulcast information, Captioning and ADA access (Outdoor Ceremony): Simulcast with captions are available via our streaming site and in William Smith Hall in Room 113 and Norman James Theatre, both located on the 1st floor. ADA access to the 1st floor is via the ground floor through the rear of the building (Help Desk entrance) by use of the elevator. Please note that Norman James Theatre is a sloped space. This building is air-conditioned.

ADA Access for Restrooms (Outdoor Ceremony): Restrooms at the outdoor Commencement ceremony are available in William Smith Hall. For ADA Access, please use the rear of the building to access the elevators on the ground floor. Women’s Restrooms are available on the 1st and 2nd floors; Men’s Restrooms are available on the ground floor and the 3rd floor. Additional directional signs will be displayed. 

ADA Parking (Outdoor Ceremony): Parking near the ceremony is limited. If your car has an accessible parking tag, you will be directed to drop-off guests with disabilities behind William Smith Hall and park in the nearest accessible parking space. There will be some reserved accessible parking and an easy drop-off area for guests with disabilities near the seating area. Courtesy carts and shuttles will be available to assist family members from parking areas to event venues. Designated areas near the Public Safety officers will be present at the location to help direct traffic and parking.

Indoor Ceremony Information

ADA Seating (Indoor Ceremony): In the event Commencement is indoors, the Johnson Fitness Center is ADA Accessible at the Main Entrance point. All seats are ADA accessible with room for wheelchairs. Restrooms in the hallway outside of the Field House are accessible.

Simulcast information, Captioning and ADA access (Indoor Ceremony): Simulcast with captions are available via our streaming site and in Decker Theatre, Gibson Center for the Arts. This building is ADA accessible via the rear (Kohl Gallery entrance) or the front of the building (via a ramp to the left of the main entrance). This building is air-conditioned.

ADA Parking (Indoor Ceremony): Parking near the ceremony is limited. If your car has an accessible parking tag, you will be directed to drop-off guests with disabilities at the driveway of the Johnson Fitness Center and park in the nearest accessible parking space. Please note that there is a hill to enter the building, but access is available without steps. Courtesy carts and shuttles will be available to assist family members from other parking areas to event venues. Public Safety officers will be present at the location to help direct traffic and parking.

Additional Questions?

For access questions, contact Andrea Vassar, Director of Disability Services at 410.778.7883 or avassar2@washcoll.edu.

For general Commencement questions, contact Carol Landis, Campus Events Coordinator at 410.778.7888 or clandis2@washcoll.edu.