Accessibility

Killian Court during Commencement 2014

Accessible guest seating

Commencement 2022 celebrations took place during the week of May 23, 2022, with the majority of the Advanced Degree Ceremonies taking place on Thursday, May 26, followed by the OneMIT Ceremony and the Undergraduate Ceremony, which took place on Friday, May 27.

Commencement 2023 is scheduled for June 1 and June 2 of next year. More information will be provided once the schedule and venues are confirmed. 

For guests with disabilities, there are designated seating sections. If someone in your family requires special assistance, you may wish to request tickets in a disability seating sectionSeating in these areas will be by reservation only and special tickets will be issued instead of the standard tickets.

Guests seated in this reserved section will need to remain seated at all times throughout the ceremonies. There will be no standing for viewing purposes allowed, as this obstructs the view of those who are unable to stand. Please keep this in mind as you determine whether a request for tickets in this area is right for your family.

Student Disability Services will have ambassadors and wheelchairs available for guests who need assistance from the drop-off area to their seats. NOTE: These chairs will be used solely to transport guests to and from the accessible seating sections. For more accessibility information, please see our list of services and resources below.

To request tickets in a Disability Seating section, please fill out the webform. Note, your request for disability seating tickets does not need to be universal: you may submit a request for one ceremony only if that is all your family needs.

Please refer to our guest FAQ for further information—and review the campus accessibility map. For questions, please contact Disability Access Services at 617-253-1674 or email das-student@mit.edu.

Student Disability Services: If you are a degree candidate with either a disability or a medical situation that would prevent you from assembling and processing to the 2022 ceremonies, please contact Dean Elizabeth Cogliano Young by Friday, April 22 so that arrangements can be made.


Ceremony 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

Assistive listening devices for use during the ceremonies 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.

ASL

There will be American Sign Language interpretation of the opening/closing remarks and speeches at each ceremony.

Questions? Please contact Student Disability Services.

Captioning

Live captioning will be available via personal mobile devices.

For guests beyond Cambridge: all webcasts will be captioned.


Local services

Accessible taxis

We recommend first calling the accessible Cambridge Taxi program at 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

Wheelchair rental and oxygen

If you need to stay in a wheelchair for the duration of a ceremony, we recommend that you rent a wheelchair. These local companies have been used by guests in the past:

Gary Drug Company
(617) 227-0023
59 Charles St., Boston, MA 02114

Belmont Medical
(617) 484-3888
185 Belmont St., Belmont, MA 02478

Apria Health Care Services (oxygen)
(781) 551-4415
575 University Avenue #2, Norwood, MA 02062