Accessibility

Accessibility

Guest seating

For guests with disabilities, there will be a designated seating section at the Commencement Exercises. If someone in your family needs to sit in this section or requires special assistance, please contact the Student Disability Services at 617-253-1674 or email uaap-sds@mit.edu. Seating in this section will be by reservation only, and special tickets (for up to four guests) will be issued instead of the standard tickets. Please refer to our guest FAQ for more information. Space in this section is limited: please contact us as soon as possible to make arrangements.

Attending the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods

If someone in your party has accessibility needs, please contact Student Disabilities Services in advance so that we know that you are attending the Hooding Ceremony. Those who will require assistance accessing the venue may be dropped off on the Vassar Street side of the building. Staff with wheelchairs will be on hand to assist you and your party with wheelchair transport from the curb cut to the seating area. If you need a wheelchair for the entire day, please plan to rent one.

The restrooms in the Johnson Athletics Center are wheelchair-accessible.

For more information, please call us at 617-253-1674 or email uaap-sds@mit.edu.

Parking

Parking spaces for carriers of a state-issued disability parking placard will be reserved for Hooding Ceremony guests on Vassar Street and in the Kresge parking lot. Spaces for Commencement guests will be available on Memorial Drive. Please note that you must have a state-issued placard to use this reserved parking.

Commencement guests who hold tickets for the Disabilities seating section but do not have a placard are not eligible to use reserved handicapped spaces. Guests may be dropped off at the entrance to Killian Court on Memorial Drive (recommended for those who are not able to walk from either an MIT or public parking garage, as most parking is more than a block away.) Be sure that if your party splits up, the driver retains his or her Commencement ticket.

Assistive listening

Assistive listening devices for use at the Commencement Exercises and/or Hooding Ceremony may be reserved by contacting the MIT Audio-Visual Services Office. Please call Brian Magoon at or email bjmagoon@mit.edu by Friday, May 15.

Assistive listening devices are available at the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods; you will find them in the lobby of the Johnson Athletics Center.

ASL

There will be American Sign Language interpretation of the opening/closing remarks and speeches of the Commencement Exercises and the opening/closing remarks of the Hooding Ceremony.

Questions? Please visit the Guest Services FAQ, or contact the Disabilities Services Office.

 

Captioning

Live captioning will be available via personal mobile devices. In addition, the webcast will be captioned and captions will be displayed on a screen in the Disabilities section on Killian Court. Access to the text stream will be available via the webcast page shortly before the ceremony begins. For onsite assistance, please ask a Commencement volunteer.