Special services are available to accommodate needs of people with disabilities who will be participating in and attending Commencement activities at The University of Texas at Austin.
Degree candidates who require specific accommodations due to a disability are asked to contact their college, school or department representative so the proper arrangements can be made prior to arrival at Commencement programs.
Services for students with disabilities are available through the Dean of Student's office. Please call Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (512) 471-6259 or by TDD at (512) 471-4641. On Saturday, May 19, information is available by calling the University Police Department at (512) 471-4441 or by TDD (512) 471-4777. While every effort will be made, the university may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests.
Services are available to accommodate needs for people with disabilities attending Commencement activities. If you require accommodations due to a disability, please contact the appropriate office listed below at least five days prior to Commencement. More information about campus resources for people with disabilities is available at http://www.utexas.edu/disability. This information includes a map with details of accessibility on campus.
For information on services for the university-wide ceremony on Saturday evening, please call Equal Opportunity Services, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (512) 471-1849. On Saturday, May 19, information is available by calling the University Police Department at (512) 471-4441 or by TDD (512) 471-4777. While every effort will be made, the university may be unable to fulfill last-minute requests. A reserved seating section for guests with hearing impairments will be available near the southwest corner of the stage. An interpreter will be provided. In addition, a limited number of wheelchairs will be available to help transport people with mobility issues to and from their seats. Those requiring wheelchairs for the duration of a ceremony should plan on making their own accommodations prior to arriving on campus.
College, School and Department Convocations
For information on services at the Frank Erwin Center, please call (512) 471-7744. For information on disability services at the Performing Arts Center, Bass Concert Hall, Bates Recital Hall and Hogg Auditorium, please call the Performing Arts Center Patron Services Office at (512) 471-0627. For other venues, please consult the schedule and contact the representatives listed.
Specific Information Related to the University-wide Commencement Ceremony at the Tower
In the rich tradition of Commencement at The University of Texas at Austin, the university-wide Commencement ceremony on Saturday evening is held in front of the Tower. In consideration of crowd safety and the physical confines of the location, parking in and around the Tower is extremely limited. This presents a challenge to guests and participants with mobility impairments who would traditionally take advantage of handicapped parking spaces in the area. To help minimize inconvenience, the following services are available for those who need assistance getting to and from the Commencement site.
For people parking in the F-27 lot, northwest corner of Dean Keeton Street and Whitis Street, a Disability Services Shuttle will transport you to and from the Tower for Commencement. This service will begin at 5:30 p.m., and continue after the event until all guests have been assisted.
Disability Services Drop-Off Location
Q: I have a disabled or elderly passenger who cannot walk very far. What should I do?A: Drop the passenger off at the Disability Services Drop-Off Location. Staff will be available with wheelchairs to assist guests to seating locations reserved for people with disabilities. Following the ceremony, staff will also assist guests in returning to the drop off location.
Please Note: A limited number of complimentary wheelchairs are available to transport guests with special needs to the reserved seating section. Wheelchairs are not available for people requiring a wheelchair for the duration of the program. Due to limited space, the reserved seating area is restricted to the person with the disability and one guest. Additional members of your party should sit in regular public seating areas.
Q: I am driving to the ceremony and have a state-issued
handicapped parking permit. Where can I park?
Q: My family member is deaf or hard of hearing. Will an interpreter or any other accommodations be provided?
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