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 complete the form to request disability seating. 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 submit your request as soon as possible.

For more information, contact Student Disability Services at 617-253-1674 or email

Attending the Investiture of Doctoral Hoods on June 6

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. For those who will require assistance accessing the venue, there are two drop-off locations: Kresge Lot and the Vassar Street side of Johnson Athletics Center. Staff with wheelchairs will be on hand to assist you and your party with wheelchair transport from the curb to the ceremony venue. 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

Accessible parking and drop-off locations

Hooding: June 6

Details about accessible parking and drop-off locations will be added to these pages in May. Thank you.

Commencement: June 7

Details about accessible parking and drop-off locations will be added to these pages in May. Thank you.

Assistive listening

Assistive listening devices for use at the Commencement Exercises will be available for guests inside the Information Tents. Hooding guests may pick up an assisted listening device in the main lobby of the Johnson Athletics Center Ice Rink.


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 Student Disability Services.



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

There is a limited number of devices available for loan to view captioning onsite (English only)—please ask at the information tent in the Building 1 courtyard (near the American flag).

For guests beyond Killian Court: both the webcast and the live video feed shown in viewing centers around campus will be captioned.

MIT campus accessibility map

MIT campus accessibility map