Accessibility

Image of Killian Court taken from inside Building 10 and overlooking the Court and Boston skyline; photo: Dominick Reuter

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.

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 is limited in this accessible section: please submit your request as soon as possible.

For more information, 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 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

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.

ASL

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

Questions? Please visit the Guest Services FAQ, or contact Student Disability Services.

Captioning

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.

 

Local services

Accessible taxis

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:

Skenderian Apothecary
(617) 354-5600
1613 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138

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