Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask that you please visit the COVID-19 and Commencement 2020 plans page for the most up-to-date information. Thank you.
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 is limited in this accessible section: please submit your request as soon as possible.
If you are a degree candidate with either a disability or a medical situation that would prevent you from assembling in the Johnson Athletics Center second floor and processing to Killian Court, please contact Dean Elizabeth Cogliano Young by Friday, April 24 so that arrangements can be made.
Killian Court services
Accessible parking and drop-off locations
Details about accessible parking and drop-off locations will be added to the parking, shuttles, and road closures page in late May.
Assistive listening devices for use during Commencement or the Doctoral Ceremony may be reserved by contacting the MIT Audio-Visual Services Office at (617) 253-1674. Otherwise, devices will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.
There will be American Sign Language interpretation of the opening/closing remarks and speeches of the Commencement Exercises and of the Doctoral Ceremony.
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 ceremonies begin. For onsite assistance, please ask a volunteer.
There are a limited number of devices available for loan to view captioning onsite (English only)—please inquire at the information tent.
For guests beyond Cambridge: the webcast will be captioned.
We recommend calling the Cambridge area main referral line: 866-654-1003.
Other area companies include
- Ambassador Cab 617-492-1100
- Checker Cab of Cambridge 617-497-9000
- Top/City Cab of Boston 617-536-5100
- Town Taxi of Boston 617-536-5000
Wheelchair rental and oxygen
If you need to stay in a wheelchair for the duration of either the Commencement Exercises or the Doctoral Ceremony, we recommend that you rent a wheelchair. These local companies have been used by guests in the past: